Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mommy & Me (with a Jewish Twist)

Parenting is tough, anyone can tell you that. It seems it is even harder these days to raise a child with traditions, values, and a sense of belief. And while I am not Jewish, I was very excited to learn of a program in Cary called "Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist."

Organized by a lovely lady named Chana, this is a series of innovative classes that allow moms and tots to experience Jewish tradition in a stimulating, fun and creative environment.

This program is developed with a huge range of kids in mind, anywhere from 3 months to 3 years old. At Mommy & Me parents join their little one for storytelling, puppetry, sensory activities, art, snack, and music & movement with Jewish themes. Children learn new skills and, of course the parents love it too, especially those who can't remember the last time they enjoyed a proper adult conversation! Some classes include a short demonstration presented by a resident mom or local professional.

The Mommy & Me group is carefully crafted to reflect progressive educational models and philosophies. Adults here facilitate and guide the kids' educational journeys, always in tune to their individual way of learning and processing information. Based on this approach, the first half hour of our group consists of a center based activity time. These centers reflect the weekly theme and are designed to help children develop a wide spectrum of skills including fine motor, sensory, gross motor, social, and critical thinking all in a developmentally appropriate way. During this time, moms can chat and catch up as well as join their children as they explore the various centers situated throughout the room.

The meetings happen from 10:00- 11:00 am on designated Sunday mornings at the Chabad of Cary Learning Center. The meeting room is equipped with quilts, toys, bouncers and books. Healthy snacks for children are served.

Classes are $7 per class for 4 classes, or $23 for the entire session (4 classes). You can sign up for all 4 classes, or pop in when your schedule allows it. Complimentary first session for all new participants!

To request an information packet and curriculum outline, call Chana at 919-651-9710 or email

Read more at WRAL's Go Ask Mom post here.

Mommy & Me (with a Jewish Twist)

Chabad of Cary Learning Center

909 Reedy Creek Rd

Cary, NC



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