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Organic Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

December 5, 2011

What’s more fun during the holidays than COOKIE DECORATING with the Kiddos? Maybe Organic Gingerbread Cookie Decorating with hot cocoa. Thanks butterbeans for hosting a FREE Holiday event at the Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up store in Tribeca.

My daughter’s school is lucky to have a butterbeans organic school lunch program, but if your school still relies on processed, ready-made foods, demand better!  butterbeans’ mission is to provide healthy food for bodies and minds through tasty, nutrient-rich lunches, and fact filled wellness initiatives, that address the alarming health statistics of children today. They offer school-wide lunch programs for schools who want to offer hot lunch to their entire student body, and wellness education programs in and outside of the classroom. They use the most local, organic, seasonal food possible, and find ways to add nutrition to every bite.

If you missed the fun at the store this weekend, come next Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for a repeat!

JTB Holiday Pop-Up Event Calendar

November 30, 2011

Join us at the Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up now through December 28 for these great holiday events for young kids & families:

everyday, anytime…
Santa Letter Writing. From paper and stickers to stamps and stencils, we provide all the eco-friendly materials so kids can create their letters for Santa and mail it to the North Pole.
The ‘Not A Box’ Contest. A childhood idea of transforming a brown box into a TV set was the impetus for the JTB product box and the installation at the JTB Pop-Up Store. Show us your ingenuity. Transform a simple brown box into the invention of your choice, explain it and enter to win a $150 Jade’s ToyBox gift card.
Holiday StoryTime, By Kids, For Kids.
Bring the kiddos in for holiday story time and hear special guest kid ‘authors’ share an excerpt of their favorite prose too. Check JTB Blog for Schedule and Sign-Up.
saturday dec 3
Holiday Craft Workshop. 2 p.m. Using recycled and found objects, we’ll transform simple items into beautiful holiday gifts for family and friends with a little help from our in-store staff and visitng artists.

sunday dec 4
Organic Gingerbread Cookie Workshop with ButterBeans. 11:30 a.m.

Join ButterBeans for homemade organic gingerbread cookie decorating and hot cocoa fun!

tuesday dec 6
The P.A.L. Workshops @ Jade’s ToyBox presents Supporting Early Giftedness Through Play: A Hands-On, Play-Based Workshop for Parents.  Just in time for the holidays, this play-based session will help parents support their child’s strengths, with games and strategies to help toddlers and preschoolers develop a love for learning, and get ready for kindergarten.6:30 p.m. $Register @ palworkshops.eventbrite.com

saturday dec 10
Holiday Cookie Swap with MiniMunchers. 2 p.m.
Join MiniMunchers for an organic twist on cookie making! They’ll teach the kiddos how to make healthy, yummy homemade cookies for a holiday cookie swap.

sunday dec 11
Organic Gingerbread Cookie Workshop with ButterBeans. 11:30 a.m.

Join ButterBeans for homemade organic gingerbread cookie decorating and hot cocoa fun!
The Sock Monkey Workshop. 2 p.m.
Bring in your non-stinky, recycled socks and let’s put them to good re-use as a great holiday gift. We will have classic sock-monkey socks for sale on-site too.

saturday dec 17
Holiday Craft: Musical Instrument Workshop. 2 p.m. Using recycled and found objects, we’ll transform simple items into awesome musical instruments that make great holiday gifts for family and friends.

sunday dec 18
Holiday StoryTime, By Kids, For Kids. 2 p.m. Bring your kiddos in for holiday story time and hear special guest kid ‘authors’ share an excerpt of their favorite prose too.

and more…
Holiday Dining Classes with socialsklz:). Check dates and Register @ the JTB Pop-Up
Studiotime with Hudson Soundlab. Sign-Up fast to record your original music, poem or book reading. Makes great gifts for family & friends. By appointment. Several packages are available until Dec 12.

Sign-Up at the JTB Holiday Pop-Up Store or call 212.343.8881 to guarantee a spot for our great line-up of holiday fun.
Location: 124 Hudson Street, between N. Moore & Ericsson Place in Tribeca
Hours: Monday and Friday from 9 am-7pm, Tuesday through Wednesday and Saturdays from 11 am -7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am-5 pm.

The Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store is Back

November 30, 2011

  Join us now through December 28 for great prices on toys, books, games and gift items for the kiddos this holiday season at our 4th Annual Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store in New York City.

The Pop-Up Store is filled with a great selection of eco-friendly and educational toys, unique gifts for kids and expecting mommies, and family activities held weekly throughout the holiday season. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support children’s non-profit organizations including The Speyer Legacy School Scholarship Fund and The Children’s Storefront School in Harlem. The grand opening of the store, located at 124 Hudson Street near N. Moore in TriBeCa is this Wednesday, December 1, 2011. Store hours are: Monday and Friday from 9 am-7pm, Tuesday through Wednesday and Saturdays from 11 am -7 pm, and Sundays from 11 am-5 pm.

Stay tuned for our event schedule, featuring Holiday Craft Workshops, a Holiday Organic Cookie Swap, a Sock Monkey Making Workshop, Santa Letter Writing, Storytime for Kids By Kids, a Holiday Talent Show, the JTB ‘Not A Box’ Contest and much more!

The Jade's ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store is Back

A New School Year, A Fresh Start?

September 13, 2011

Summer ‘s over, school is back, and it’s the perfect time to nip the bad habits, arguing, nagging, manipulation and spousal arguments over the kids in the bud. Brush up your positive discipline techniques with some advice from the experts. Check out best-selling author and parent educator Nancy Samalin’s Loving Your Child Is Not Enough; Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma; Loving Each One Best, and Loving Without Spoiling, where she addresses key parenting issues including teaching responsibility, setting limits, diminishing conflict, handling sibling rivalry and encouraging cooperation.

And if you’re in New York City, come see Nancy Samalin in person at the P.A.L. Workshop Series for parents of accelerated learners on September 20, 2011. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. (more…)

Drum Roll, Please…The P.A.L. Workshop Series Returns

September 13, 2011

After a successful  Spring 2011 lecture series launch for parents of advanced learners, the P.A.L. Workshop Series is back, better and bigger with more resources, more speakers, more topics for all age ranges and a gifted education listserv for New York City parents too!

Jade’s ToyBox is pleased to be the founding member of the series designed to help parents of accelerated learners understand issues relevant to their child’s cognitive, social & emotional development. The P.A.L. Workshops, co-sponsored by  NYC Private Schools Blog (www.nycprivateschoolsblog.com), TestingMom.com (www.testingmom.com) and NYC G&T Blog (www.nycgiftedandtalented.wordpress.com), will feature experts and practitioners in the field of gifted education and parent advocates in a dialogue with parents about educating and nurturing these unique learners. The Fall series will start September 20, 2011 and will again be held at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center in TriBeCa, NYC.

“Parents of advanced learners now have a voice and a dialogue for discussing key issues and concerns, plus they will hear excellent speakers, find great local resources and programs for gifted kids and children with specific needs or talent areas,” says Angelique LeDoux, founder and president of Jade’s ToyBox. “We are looking forward to our Fall series, featuring some amazing educators, authors and parents and we are hard at work for a unique Spring 2012 series that will appeal to parents with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade, so stay tuned.”

The Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center is located at 120 Warren Street between Greenwich Street and West Street in TriBeCa. The workshops start September 20, 2011 and will run through December 2011. Cost for the series is $10 per workshop. Downtown Community Center members are admitted free of charge, and a scholarship is available for those in financial need. The five-part series includes:

 September 20, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Session: Positive Discipline & Your Advanced Learner: Ending the Great Debate with Your Little Lawyer

Experts offer parents the tools they need to get the school year off on the right foot. Best-selling author and parent educator Nancy Samalin headlines the Fall 2011 opening session of P.A.L., offering parents tips to avoid the nagging, manipulation, bribes, yelling and the ensuing disagreements with their spouses that often arise over the kids. Donna Vaupel helps parents of advanced learners distinguish between typical discipline issues, and understand the characteristics and issues specific to gifted kids. You’ll walk away with practical and concrete tips to end the great debate with your little lawyer once and for all.

October 25, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Session: The Gifted &Talented Process: Admissions and Testing for Public & Private Schools

Whether your set on Hunter, private, city-wide, district-wide or your local public school, don’t miss P.A.L. partners Karen Quinn, the best-selling author of the Ivy Chronicles and Testing for Kindergarten, along with NYC Gifted and Talented parent expert Michael McCurdy, as they share advice and insider secrets to get your child into the school of your choice. Topics will include a general understanding of the tests required for the various G&T programs including the ERB/WPPSI, OLSAT, BRSA & Stanford Binet, and which tests are required for each program. Karen will discuss her 7-Abilities every test assesses and your child must have to succeed in kindergarten and beyond; public and private school processes and procedures, timelines and deadlines. A not-to-be-missed session for all parents exploring kindergarten options in NYC!

November 15, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Session: What’s the Right Fit for My Child? Options in the Gifted Arena

A panel of parents offers their perspectives on district-wide, citywide, public and private options and the approaches to G&T Education in NYC.

December 6, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 pmP.A.L. Mini Session: Supporting Early Giftedness Through Play

Just in time for the holidays, this play-based session will help parents support their child’s strength areas with games and strategies to help toddlers and preschoolers get ready for kindergarten.

Location: 
The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street, New York, NY 10013
; 1 block south of Chambers
Between Greenwich Street and West Street

For more information contact Angelique LeDoux at 212.343.8881, or email palworkshops@me.com

To Register, go to:  http://palworkshops.eventbrite.com

Gifted Child Advocacy and Twice Exceptionality

June 6, 2011

Is your child advanced beyond other classmates, in need of more stimulating and rigorous classwork, bored and acting out or gifted with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD or a learning disability? If so, don’t miss the P.A.L. (Parents of Accelerated Learners) final Spring session in New York City on Tuesday, June 7, 2011- The Accelerated Learner, Part 3- Becoming Your Child’s Advocate.

Parents will better understand the issues, barriers and solutions for getting their advanced learner or twice exceptional child into an appropriate program that they deserve. Experts and parents who are advocates for gifted and 2E learners will discuss the issues they’ve experienced and the solutions they’ve found. 

Panelists include:

Alex Hindes has been actively involved in education policy issues and advocacy for the last 10 years. Ms. Hindes, who practices law in New York and New Jersey, has devoted her career to working on behalf of students with disabilities.  Ms. Hindes attended Brandeis University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.
http://nealhrosenberg.com/index.html

Melissa Sornik, LMSW, a SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) facilitator and co-founder and president of LI-TECA, (Long Island Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy) is a consultant for twice exceptional children, adolescents and their families. She conducts workshops for parents on twice exceptionality, myths of giftedness, visual spatial learners and the importance of talent development in divergent learners.

Jill Tatara, a photo editor for TIME for Kids Magazine, is the mother of a neurotypical 3-year-old and a highly-gifted 8-year-old with Asperger’s and ADHD.

Event: the P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Workshop Series

Date: June 7, 2011 6:30-8:00 pm

Location: 
The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street, 1 block south of Chambers
Between Greenwich Street and West Street
New York, NY 10013

For more information click herethe P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Parent Workshop Series  or go to http://palworkshops.eventbrite.com

The April P.A.L. Workshop Series

April 15, 2011

Thanks to all those who came out on a rainy night to join us for our P.A.L. Workshop Series this week. As promised, links to all our our speakers are below.


A Dialogue about Education for Parents of Accelerated Learners

WORKSHOP #3- TUESDAY, April 12, 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm

The Accelerated Learner Part 1-
Parenting the Accelerated Learner

From initial signs of giftedness and strength areas to a deeper look at their shared characteristics and common issues, experts and parents will share tips for parenting the gifted child.


Additional topics will include:
 early advanced ability;
• the developmental spectrum from early childhood through adolescence,
• family support and talent development;
• being a minority within a minority;
• the young gifted boy in a culture of red shirting;
• encouraging our girls to explore STEM fields;
• a glimpse at studies on gifted education- gifted under No Child Left Behind (NCLB); the groundbreaking “A Nation Deceived”; STEM report highlights

Panelists:

  • Dr. Razel Solow is Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College, the coordinator of the graduate program, and a partner with the Hunter College Campus Schools. Most recently, Dr. Solow has been collaborating with a research group from the Yale Child Study Center on alternative assessments of intelligence. She also provides professional development about gifted education and organizes meetings for the Coalition of Gifted Schools.  Her book on exceptionally gifted girls, tentatively titled Lives of Purpose, will be published in November 2011 by Great Potential Press.
    http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/gt-center

    Connie Coulianos, head of the Speyer Legacy School for gifted children in Manhattan, has devoted the past two decades to the education of precocious preschool children, their teachers and parents. Through her work with this population at the Hollingworth Preschool, Teachers College Columbia University, she developed the child-responsive curriculum that serves as the core for Speyer Legacy School. She has presented various aspects of her work locally, nationally and internationally.  http://www.speyerlegacyschool.org/

    Dr. Ranu Boppana is an Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and a Clinical Instructor at the NYU Child Study Center and the NYU Department of Psychiatry. She is a graduate of MIT and the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Boppana is the mother of an accelerated learner, and is married to a mathematician who is an innovator in math education.  She has been active in the parent associations of private and public schools in Manhattan.  She has experience parenting a gifted child and advocating for her child’s needs through high school.  She has also heard the concerns of many other parents of children who are accelerated learners.
    http://www.boppanamd.com/

    Alina Adams writes the NY Gifted Education column for Examiner.com. She has been navigating the NYC school system and enrichment options on behalf of her three children and their diverse talents for over a decade.
    http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/alina-adams

    The Workshop Series

    The P.A.L. monthly workshop series helps parents of accelerated learners understand important topics relevant to their young child’s cognitive, social & emotional development. Experts and practitioners in the field of gifted and talented education and parent advocates will join our panel for a dialogue with you about educating and nurturing these unique learners.

    Presented by

    Jade’s ToyBox
    NYC Private Schools Blog
    NYC G&T Blog
    TestingMom.com

    in Partnership with Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center

    For more information click herethe P.A.L. [Parents of Accelerated Learners] Parent Workshop Series  or go to http://palworkshops.eventbrite.com

The P.A.L. (Parents of Accelerated Learners) – PARENT WORKSHOP SERIES

March 14, 2011

Presented by

Jade’s ToyBox
NYC Private Schools Blog
NYC G&T Blog
TestingMom.com

in Partnership with Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center

INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A Dialogue about Education for Parents of Accelerated Learners

Register today at: Eventbrite

The Workshop Series
The P.A.L. monthly workshop series helps parents of accelerated learners understand important topics relevant to their young child’s cognitive, social & emotional development. Experts and practitioners in the field of gifted and talented education and parent advocates will join our panel for a dialogue with you about educating and nurturing these unique learners.

WORKSHOP #2 (for description of additional workshops, click here):

#2 – TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm
Gifted & Talented Admissions & Testing: The Straight Talk – A look at G&T testing in NYC, admissions (both private and public schools), and the process children and their parents will undergo. We’ll discuss issues of identifying traits of gifted & talented children and the multiple criteria perspective for those often underrepresented.

Panelists include:

  • Janet Jackson, Ph.D.Dr. Janet Jackson is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in New York City since 1986. She has worked with children and families providing neuropsychological testing, consultation and therapy. After twenty years evaluating children for admissions to Hunter College Campus Elementary School and sixteen years working with the Hollingworth Preschool (at Teachers College Hollingworth Center), she has gained insights into a range of remarkable children and had the privilege of watching their lives unfold across the school years. Dr. Jackson is a graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College.
  • Robin Arnow, Ph.D.
    Robin Aronow has her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work and was a clinician in private practice and a school social worker. Dr. Arnow has visited all the private schools and most of the public schools to which families in Manhattan apply. She has developed positive working relationships with private school admissions directors and administrators at Hunter College Campus Schoolsthe Anderson Program, and administrators in theDepartment of Education. She is an advisor to Manhattan Media’s (West Side Spirit andOur Town, among others) Blackboard Awards which honor excellence in education.Dr. Arnow consults with numerous private nursery and elementary schools, and individual families looking for ongoing schools pre-K through high school. She has written several articles about the process of applying to schools and conducts workshops entitled “Life After Nursery School” including workshops on applying to private and public schools. Dr. Arnow also maintains an email updating service. She finds it extremely satisfying providing information and support to families to help make the process less daunting. She also loves returning to school settings, and having a chance to tour so many schools and observe best practices.

Additional Keynote Speaker on Reading/Literacy for Accelerated Learners:

  • Marion Blank, Ph.D.Dr. Marion Blank is the director of the A Light on Literacy program at Columbia University in NY. She has spent over forty years studying how children learn to read and is recognized by her peers as one of the world’s top experts in literacy.Dr. Blank obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Psychology from the University of Cambridge in England. Among her many achievements, she has lectured extensively around the globe, serving as a consultant to governments in many different countries, receiving awards and commendations, created the Phonics Plus Five Reading Program and wrote “The Reading Remedy,” a book that Kirkus Reviews describes as “an invaluable resource.”Dr. Blank recently started writing for The Huffington Post where she provides expert insights on the topic of literacy and education for children. Dr. Blank has devoted her life to helping children learn to read, and she has used her innovative methods to help literally thousands of kids. Now, with her groundbreaking new reading program, www.ReadingKingdom.com, she is making her system available to every parent who wants to teach their child to read.
     

    Location:
    The Downtown Community Center,
    120 Warren Street between Greenwich Street and Westside Highway in Tribeca (Across from the Whole Foods side entrance in Tribeca)

    Price:
    $10 per workshop*

    Free to DCC members.

    *We believe that all children deserve an education appropriate for their learning style and ability level to reach their fullest potential. So if you are unable to pay for the P.A.L. series, please don’t let it stop you from attending. Contact us and request a P.A.L Scholarship application to attend for free.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    To register by phone, or for more information about the series,
    please contact Angelique LeDoux, 212.343.8881 or email angelique@jadestoybox.com

    Supporting Organizations, among others:

    National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)
    Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE)
    * Twice-Exceptional Children’s Advocacy (TECA)
    Center for Gifted Studies and Education, Hunter College
    Rutgers University, Gifted Education Certificate Program

    For media inquiries, please contact Kirk Green: Gonzo Communications 949.292.1331, kirk@gonzocom.com