Dec 19

Winter Solstice Festival (DongZhi)

The Winter Solstice Festival, or DongZhi Festival, is finally approaching! From December 21st through the 23rd, one of China’s most popular celebrations will take place. Widely regarded as a family-oriented time of year, the Winter Solstice Festival is a time to spend time with loved ones, eat traditional foods, and celebrate family unity.

If you have never celebrated the Winter Solstice Festival, we encourage you to do so by following fun (and easy!) traditions this December.

1. Stock up on dumplings

In Northern China, it is customary to eat dumplings during the Winter Solstice. These include a wide variety, ranging from soup dumplings to wontons. To learn more about recipes, read our blog about traditional Chinese cuisine.

2. Prepare TangYuan with your family

In Southern China, however, it is customary to prepare TangYuan, glutinous rice flour balls. They are often colorful and placed in a savory broth. In fact, preparing and eating TangYuan is a symbolization for reunion. For the recipe, visit Instructables, Tangyuan (Glutinous rice dumplings in sweet soup)»

Dec 12

Latin Foods to Make During the Holidays

Last month, we gave our top three Chinese dishes to include in your Thanksgiving feast. This December, we encourage you to add something from Latin America to your holiday dinner!

#1  Buñuelos

Since this is a widespread traditional treat, each country will have a different version of it. Buñuelos are fried balls of dough, sometimes with cheese in the center. When made correctly, they’re flaky, crispy, and absolutely delicious! For the recipe for Colombian buñuelos, visit:
Buñuelos Colombianos on My Colombian Recipes»

#2  Lechon Asado

Instead of ham or turkey this Christmas Eve, try out a Lechon Asado. Lechon, or roasted pork, is a staple for Latino households everywhere. The most famous modification of the Lechon is from Cuba, which includes cumin and oregano. To truly compliment the lechon, we recommend making tostones (fried plantations) and congri (rice and black beans mixed together).

For easy to follow instructions, visit: Cuban Lechon Asado on Traeger Grills Recipes»

#3  Tres Leches

You’ve heard of flan, but why not try something different this holiday season? Tres Leches Cake is a tried and true favorite in Latin America, from Chile all the way to Mexico. It’s a sponge cake that has been soaked in three types of milk: condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream.

For more information,see this recipe: Tres Leches on»

There you have it, those are the most classic holiday dishes in Latin America from appetizer to dessert! To learn more about traditional Chinese cuisine, click here.

Buena suerte!

Dec 06

Six Reasons Why Your Bilingual Child Might Begin Using Only One Language

It can be a challenge to raise a bilingual child and provide an environment where he or she can be equally exposed to both languages. Many of our dual-language families come to us with this concern, and we understand how hard it is to raise a bilingual child (speaking, reading and writing in both languages). That is the reason Jackie Sanin created Jump! Immersion School.

Jump! is an environment where your child is immersed in Spanish or Mandarin, both the language and the culture. We want to help ensure your child truly appreciates, values, and is proud to be bilingual!

Read the most common reasons your bilingual child might begin using only one language and some practical solutions at

6 Reasons Why Your Bilingual Child Might Drop Your Language»

Nov 17

Fun Thanksgiving Activity

Fun activities that integrate interactive learning and building lasting memories

Jump! loves to integrate fun learning activities that help build a solid relationship between you and your children. We believe that through hands-on educational interactions, learning is accomplished using a variety of sensory experiences and also creating lasting memories for you and your family.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, why not take some time to gather together to make an interactive menu of your Thanksgiving dinner! Your children can showcase the menu items before everyone sits down to eat.

We love this Baker's Tray activity from It allows your child to use their imagination and dexterity. Don’t forget to capture this moment and share it with friends and family!

Visit for details about this activity»

Nov 08

Chinese Foods To Try For Thanksgiving

Now that Thanksgiving is approaching, you might be looking for your new lineup. You have the classic turkey, potatoes, and stuffing, but why not try something new?

Here, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 3 delicious Chinese foods to try out this month!

[Photo: Shao Z., Chinese Hot Pot / Serious Eats]

#1  Peking Duck

Substitute your turkey for a Chinese favorite -- Peking-style duck! All you need is soy sauce, honey, and ginger to make the sauce. The rest is easy! If you’re interested, check out this recipe:
Peking Duck on»

#2  Xiao Long Bao

Instead of garlic bread, try making authentic Shanghai soup dumplings. The dumplings are filled with steaming broth. It’s best eaten with a Chinese soup spoon and a delicate hand as to not pierce the outside. Check out this recipe:
Shanghai Soup Dumpling on Epicurious»

#3  Hot Pot

We saved the best for last -- hot pot is a widespread Asian dining experience. A simmering pot of boiling water is placed at the center of the table with smaller dishes of thinly sliced raw meat, fish, and vegetables around it. With chopsticks, choose your meal and cook it in the hot pot until it’s fully browned. It’s fun, easy, and delicious! For more information, see this recipe:
Chinese Hot Pot on»

If you choose any (or all) of these three recipes, make sure to let us know by posting on our Facebook page.

Good luck!

Oct 13

Jump! Immersion School Attends the 53rd Annual Metuchen County Fair

Jump! Immersion School participated in the 53rd Annual Metuchen County Fair! This year’s Fair theme was "Classic Television". Several vendors and local businesses attended the fair.

The fair was a step back into old TV time featuring tributes to shows like Batman & Robin, The Love Boat, Gilligan’s Island, Happy Days, and the most popular was I Love Lucy! Okay, we love Lucy too! The Jump! booth featured I Love Lucy as well. Why? Did you know that Desi Arnaz who played Ricky Ricardo was born in Cuba? Desi Arnaz used his Cuban heritage to forge new ground to expose the U.S. to Cuban-influenced music and dance. Our founder, Jackie Sanin, is also from Cuba! We featured our favorite episode of I Love Lucy: the one where Lucy and Ethel work at a chocolate factory and realize it's a much harder job then they anticipated!

We had a wonderful time meeting new friends and connecting with some old acquaintances. It was a great "Learning Moment" to find out how well our former students are doing with Spanish. It was also exciting to talk to a parent who thanked us for their son’s Spanish-speaking ability, how he is performing well in A.P. Spanish, and preparing to graduate from high school!

It was great to hear from our past families and we look forward to meeting many new Metuchen families in the near future!

Aug 18

Learning a New Language Improves Cultural Intelligence

This article demonstrates the importance of speaking an additional language from the prospective of communication in the workplace.

However, why not start your child in an immersion program so that they learn to effectively communicate with other cultures and be able to relate to others at an early age? They will continue to reap the benefits of communication and relationship building throughout their childhood and can be more successful in life!

Read the full article on
Learning a New Language Might Improve "Cultural Intelligence"»

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