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Mommy and Me

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We offer classes for 1, 2, and 3 year old children in our award-winning “123 Mommy & Me Program.”

Why? “Child-Parent” bonding provides a unique sense of security that fosters self esteem, especially in infants (babies). The activities will help your little one grow and flourish. The mission of the course is to help educate and empower new parents through these family bonding activities. Children will be stimulated through music, movement, and art. The kids will also build self-confidence and self-esteem through innovative martial arts games and instruction.

mommy & me

Each class is 45 minutes and orchestrated to be fun an for infants as they are stimulated through music and age-appropriate activities. Contact Ms Jenn for class schedule. 724-309-9044

  • infant development
  • parenting, discipline
  • sensory stimulation
  • fine motor skills
  • repetition
  • martial arts hand-eye coordination
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Gabby Viola and her little brother Will. Gabby was the inspiration to develop the 123 Mommy and Me Course

The parent bonding class introduces movement, music, and art to kids.

123 Mommy and Me, a family owned business: As a certified teacher, Jenn was eager to enroll her own daughter in a class that would help build social skills and at the same time offer a bonding experience. She was surprised to learn that unfortunately very few options exist for children under the age of 3. Many friends and moms shared in this disappointment and encouraged her to develop a new course to fill the void in the area. Through her vast experience 123 Mommy and Me was born… Social skills and self-confidence through music, movement and art.

The course has undergone extensive research and collaboration from many industry professionals. Jenn Viola, course director, holds a BA in Business from the University of Pittsburgh and Masters Degrees in Elementary Education from IUP. She has diverse background in working with children of all ages including special needs.

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters degree in Elementary Education May 2009 GPA: 4.0
  • PA Instruction I Certification

She is certified to teach pre-school age children through the Nursery Ninja martial arts program, a unique karate and physical fitness course that emphasizes body control and balance. Jenn was also instrumental in the development of the specialized curriculum for the award winning Norwin Ninjas martial arts class in North Huntingdon. The courses focus on respect and character building while boosting both self-esteem and self-confidence. Her skills have lead her to teach numerous workshops and seminars for groups such as Kindercare.

Jenn has always enjoyed working with young children and did her student teaching in the Hempfield Area School District teaching Kindergarten. Her teaching skills include:

Developed standard-based lessons in all courses
Created authentic assessments
Facilitated guided reading using differentiated instruction
Developed inquiry based math and science units
Created and administered inquiry based, hands-on manipulatives for reading and math
Utilized Aims web results to maximize student achievement
Administered District Assessments
Assigned grades and entered them into skyward
Developed and initiated behavior management plans for specific students
Initiated kid writing

Through family bonding and communication exercises, you will not only enrich your life but feel closer to your baby or toddler. Let us help enhance your child’s cognitive development, improve their social skills, and have tons of fun along the way!

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About the author: Bill Viola Jr. is Amazon best-selling author and creator of the award-winning Sensei Says® life skills curriculum. He experienced the "Golden Era" of MMA firsthand as his father, Bill Sr., is credited as the co-creator of the sport of mixed martial arts in 1979. His book Godfathers of MMA inspired the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME film Tough Guys where he acted as a producer alongside an Academy Award accredited team. The Viola family owns and operates Allegheny Shotokan Karate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania now celebrating their 50-year anniversary (1969-2019). He is currently the President of Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp. bill@kumiteclassic.com • Connect LinkedIn #senseisays #sokepokey #martialwayist