Jill has worked as an early childhood educator for over ten years, both as a music and gym teacher for infants and toddlers, and currently, as a preschool teacher on the Upper East Side. In addition to being a teacher, she has a background in theater. She has performed Off-Broadway, and her voice-over work can be heard on many radio and television commercials. She is a graduate of George Washington University, where she was a recipient of the Presidential Arts Scholarship in theater. Jill is the owner of JillybeansNYC, which provides classes, play-dates, and playgroups for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers designed to make learning FUN! She incorporates her own activities into the Playroom’s already established curriculum to make each class unique, exciting, and facilitate your child’s developmental growth.
Jillybeans mobile classes, play dates, and special events highlight all the excitement of interacting with your baby, toddler, or preschooler, and make educational activities, easy, accessible, and most importantly, FUN! All activities are designed to follow, support, and facilitate your child’s developmental progress and growth.
Jillybeans classes are all about a creating a multi-sensory experience. One of the trademark highlights of my classes are the sensory bins and art activities, particularly for the babies and toddlers, as that is not something typically found for that age group. I use taste-safe materials to make it appropriate and safe for them to explore! I’ve worked as an early childhood educator for ten years, both as a music and gym teacher for infants and toddlers and a preschool teacher here in New York City. I really strive to create opportunities that support each child’s individuality and learning style, so classes will contain many different opportunities for engagement and exploration. – Jill Lernman
Baby Steps: Pre-Crawlers (3m – 6m) & Pre-Walkers (6m – 12m)
Sing and explore with age-appropriate materials that help promote your little one’s alertness and awareness and cultivate the parent/child bond. Activities emphasize tactile, auditory, and visual stimulation using various props, tummy time with a mirror, and exercises and stretches to help build strength for crawling and walking. There is music and singing throughout this class, with a mix of traditional children’s songs and contemporary music adults will enjoy!
Tuesday 2:00pm – 2:45pm (6m – 12m) – Pre-Walkers
Thursday 12:15pm – 1:00pm (3m – 6m) – Pre-Crawler
Let’s Explore (12m – 24m)
Each class highlights the excitement of interacting and collaborating with other toddlers, while working on purposeful, developmentally appropriate activities. Class includes art through various mediums, sensory exploration, circle time, and music and movement all inspired by a weekly theme. Themes and activities in this class may be inspired by the current season, favorite children’s books, holidays, and more!
Thursday 9:15am – 10:00am
Thursday 10:15am – 11:00am
Take a Leap (24m – 36m)
Watch as your child takes the next step into independent learning through song, sensory exploration, art, and story. This full class begins with meeting time, introduces your child to letter, shape and color recognition through a weekly theme that could be inspired by the current season, favorite children’s books, holidays, and more!
Tuesday 12:30pm – 1:15pm
Thursday 11:15am – 12:00pm