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Private Schools in Howard County Maryland

Living in Howard County Maryland means that the bar is set relatively high for public schools–not to mention private schools in Howard County. By many standards, Maryland has some of the best public schools in the USA. And within Maryland Counties, the two top contenders are Montgomery County Public Schools and Howard County Public Schools.  So this is to say that Howard County’s schools are among the best in the country. Still, to many parents there are a multitude of issues about both Howard County and Montgomery County Public Schools that drive them…

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Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 11/23/18

Roominate: engineering toys for girls This is a list of 75+ birthday gift ideas and Christmas/holiday gifts for brainy kids for 2018. There are plenty of great birthday gifts out there to help smart kids get smarter…and lots of stuff that will be a waste of your kid’s time. I hope this list of educational math and science gift ideas will help you with some suggestions for the best gifts for smart kids. Each educational present idea includes a link to the item on Amazon.com, suggested age levels, and dollar…

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Sandy Point State Park Beach Review

Central Marylanders are often faced with a choice during the summer–trek out to Ocean City or the Delaware shore or go to one of the closer in Chesapeake Bay Beaches.  If you don’t have time or money to head all the way over to the Eastern shore, there are definitely a few popular beaches in Anne Arundel and Calvert County.  I’d say that among the most popular Chesapeake destinations are North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Flag Point and the one everyone knows-Sandy Point State Park. The park is open year round….

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26+ High Quality, “Don’t Miss This” Summer Camps in Howard County for Summer 2018

Summer 2018 is approaching, and so is summer vacation–so I have made a list of summer camps in Howard County (as well as near me in adjoining counties). As a former teacher, I can tell you that summer break can do some damage to your child’s skills.  Every year the kids come back to school with lower reading and math abilities than they left with the previous school year. The reasons will be obvious to most parents who have themselves spent their childhood summers watching TV, hanging out with friends…

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Five Ideas to Keep a Digital Record of Your Child’s Growth and Best Memories

I love the idea of keeping track of my kid’s best memories, growth, and accomplishments with a digital record. Below are some ideas I use in hopes of creating future-proof records for family and friends to enjoy. Conduct a yearly video interview with your child. We do ours every New Year’s eve. Sometimes it can be difficult to think of questions to ask. I always ask about how school was going, their favorite teachers and classes, but I like to include more philosophical questions as well. This year, I asked…

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Review of the Ecovacs Deebot N79 Robotic Vacuum

tldr; The Ecovacs Deebot N79 is a worthy robotic vacuum that may not be as smart as some of its competitors but it definitely has a great feature set and does an excellent job of its primary job–it is a really good vacuum. My daughter asked for a robotic vacuum cleaner for her 9th birthday. (Looking for better gift ideas for a gifted and talented student? [Opens in a new window]) A strange request, but my wife and I were talking about getting one anyway, and the birthday wish was the…

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Top 6 Places To Buy Fruit, Vegetables & Other Produce For Cheap in Central Maryland

If your family is like ours, we eat lots of fruit and vegetables.  We especially like fresh organic fruits and produce when possible, but we also like to keep the costs under control. Below are my top 6 recommendations for where to buy produce, plus some bonus tips on how to get great veggies for lower prices in Maryland (This advice applies to anywhere in the United States although you’ll need to follow my links to find cheap produce in your area–read further for some great kitchen gadgets to help you…

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