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Private Schools in Howard County MarylandEducation Featured gifted and talented Private Schools 

Private Schools in Howard County Maryland

Glenelg Country School Manor House, Ellicott City, MD Living in Howard County Maryland means that the bar is set relatively high for public schools.  By many standards, Maryland and Massachusetts have the best schools in the USA.  And within Maryland, 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 to look for…

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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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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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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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Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 4/9/17Childrens' Birthday Parties Education gifted and talented kids activities Secondary Features 

Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 4/9/17

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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Educational Apps for Kindle FireEducation Recommendations 

Educational Apps for Kindle Fire

Looking for some great educational apps for your child’s Kindle Fire Tablet (or other Android device)? Here are a few of the ones that my kids enjoy now or in the not-too-distant past. All of these are available in the Amazon App Store for Android / Kindle App Store: Inventioneers – Filimundus-AB makes some great games that teach kids how to invent and think of creative solutions. Great physics engine. Great fun. Pettson’s Inventions 1  / Pettson’s Inventions 2 /Pettson’s Inventions Deluxe – Another great game from Filimundus-AB. This game requires you to solve…

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Recommended Educational TV Shows for KidsEducation educational tv Featured tv shows for kids 

Recommended Educational TV Shows for Kids

Looking for educational TV shows for your kids to watch on Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime or YouTube? Below is a list of  some WORTHWHILE EDUCATIONAL TV shows for kids that I would recommend for parents looking to avoid all the terrible, worthless, and even damaging fluff that is on children’s TV these days. In the first part of this post, I will do my best to let you know which educational shows you can see  on Netflix Streaming, Netflix DVD,  HuluPlus,YouTube, Amazon Prime, or Amazon DVD. Keep in mind that Amazon, Hulu…

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Two Great Interactive STEM Exhibits at the SmithsonianEducation Engineering Parenting 

Two Great Interactive STEM Exhibits at the Smithsonian

If you are a parent in central Maryland and you’re reading this, odds are you’ll share the refrain I hear so often “The Smithsonian museums are so close to us, yet we only go if guests are in town.” It’s really sad when parents say this, because their kids are missing out on so much great stuff. I’d like to recommend two relatively new exhibits at the Smithsonian that are truly outstanding. They are especially good because they are interactive and unusual, not to mention fun. The exhibits in question…

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