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School’s Out and Spring Break Camps in Howard County Maryland 2017Columbia Maryland Education kids activities 

School’s Out and Spring Break Camps in Howard County Maryland 2017

Looking for ideas for what to do with your kids when school’s are closed in Howard County? Here are a few of the organizations that I know that can provide care during days off such as Spring Break, Fall Break, and other days off during the school year. Club Science Kids – I love these camps. Great organization. Your kids are going to have a great time and learn some STEM! Howard County Recreation and Parks – Always a good choice. Columbia Association – CA is offering a few camps over…

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Google Home for Kids

We recently added a Google Home to our household. We’ve all been having alot of fun with it and I think it’s very useful for families with children. The device is relatively family friendly, and my kids love having it–so do I. Here are some of the ways we’ve been using it: Timers: I think the timer feature is one of the “killer app” aspects of the Google Home. You simply say something like “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes for Piano,” and it will start running a…

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23+ High Quality, “Don’t Miss This” Summer Camps in Howard County for Summer 2017Education Featured Parenting 

23+ High Quality, “Don’t Miss This” Summer Camps in Howard County for Summer 2017

Summer 2017 is approaching, and so is summer vacation.  As a former teacher, I can tell you that summer 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 year. The reasons will be obvious to most parents who have themselves spent their summers watching TV, hanging out with friends and avoiding anything remotely academic.  Of course, there were always a few kids who did not suffer from the summer effect.  These…

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Outstanding Preschools In Howard County MarylandEducation gifted and talented preschool Private Schools 

Outstanding Preschools In Howard County Maryland

There are many choices for preschools in Howard County Maryland.  Finding the right fit can be difficult as can knowing who to trust with your young children.  Here are a few preschools that have great programs that may be a good match for you and for your child. Bryant Woods Montessori School – One of the best Montessori schools in Howard County.  Education starts at age 3 and goes to age 6 in this school located in Columbia. Children’s Manor Montessori School – This school has several locations throughout Maryland,…

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Howard County MDChildrens' Birthday Parties kids activities Kids Birthday Parties Party Ideas 

Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Howard County MD

SEE MY LIST OF 40+ IDEAS FOR KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES BELOW I am really sure other parents are as sick as I am of inflatable bounce house birthday parties.  It’s not to say kids don’t enjoy them, but they are so repetitive and unimaginative, I’d rather shave with a dull razor than go to another one…but alas, there will be many more. To help parents combat the urge to take the easiest route, I’d like to work on a list of birthday party venues–some of the party locations are typical, but…

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Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas in Baltimore CountyChildrens' Birthday Parties Featured 

Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas in Baltimore County

Are you looking for some ideas for places to have your child’s birthday party in Baltimore County? If you need more ideas, here is my list of places around the County and nearby in Howard County and Anne Arundel County. With each idea I try to include links to Amazon.com for some ideas for party favors and sometimes educational gifts that go along with the party theme. First, here are some of the more typical party ideas. These are popular and possibly done too often (I am purposely not mentioning…

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Children’s Theater and Dance Companies in MarylandEducation kids activities 

Children’s Theater and Dance Companies in Maryland

There are some amazing and unusual dance and kid’s theater companies in Maryland and Washington D.C. We have some excellent places for kids to see performing arts as well as great places for them to take classes. Below is my list of some of the dance and theater places that I am aware of: Places for Kid’s To See Performing Arts in Maryland Candlelight Kids – The Candlelight Concert Society of Maryland offers a series of dance and musical performances that kids of all ages will surely enjoy. This year they…

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Before and After Care in Howard CountyEducation kids activities Recommendations Review 

Before and After Care in Howard County

We’re definitely going to need before and after care for our children this school year (2016-2017).  We’ve started looking into what the standard options are, and we’re a little worried.  As teachers my wife and I have seen what before and after care can be (a waste of children’s time, with some fun mixed in) and hope to find something better. One possibility is a martial arts program at one of a few locations around the county. The deal is that for about $450 dollars/month, they pick your child up after school and they…

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Republic Wireless 3.0 vs Google Project Fi Mobile Phone Service ReviewPhone Bills Reviews Save Money Technology 

Republic Wireless 3.0 vs Google Project Fi Mobile Phone Service Review

If you’re tired of the big US mobile phone companies (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile), you may want to consider two very strong contenders: Google Project Fi and Republic Wireless 3.0. Below is my review and comparison of the two service providers. I am a customer of both. I have been with Republic Wireless since the beginning and am a more recent Google Project Fi customer. [BTW, if you decide to go with Project Fi, please use my “refer a friend” code. After you’ve been on the service…

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Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 3/1/17Childrens' Birthday Parties Education gifted and talented kids activities Secondary Features 

Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 3/1/17

Roominate: engineering toys for girls This is a list of 75+ birthday gift ideas and Christmas/holiday gifts for brainy kids for 2017. 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…

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