Getting the Most from your Rocketbook Notebook

The Rocketbook Everlast is a fantastic gift for the wired high school or college student. It puts a new twist on taking notes in the more traditional way with pen and paper, while at the same time not being as onerous as using a tablet computer to take handwritten notes. There are two parts to understanding the value of this system: The notebook is made of paper-like plastic, rather than regular paper. This is great because it means that if you use the readily available Pilot Frixion Pens or Markers,…

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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–not to mention private schools in Howard County. 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…

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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.  To help you with this decision I have created a list of some of the top Pre-K programs in Howard County. Note that some of these schools have pre-K for various ages younger than 4, in fact some of them may be able to take kids that are younger than 1. If I don’t mention which age the school starts, please contact the…

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

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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Experiences Instead of Birthday Gifts Ideas for 6, 7 and 8 year-olds

Figuring out what to get a six, seven or 8 year old for their birthday (or for the Christmas/Hanukkah holidays) can be tricky.  So much depends on your budget and the child’s interests, but coming up with the perfect present isn’t easy. Educational gifts like these(!) are a good idea, especially the ones that require participation with a parent or friend… but I always try to recommend that people look for experiences to combine with the gift, whatever it is.  I say this because even though children are used to…

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Hooked on Phonics Review – Help Your Child Learn To Read Early

Like most parents, I wanted my two girls to get ahead. One of the areas my wife and I felt were the most important was literacy. We felt it would be good to try to get our kids to read as early as possible. Since we didn’t have very much experience teaching very young children to read, we weren’t really sure what was possible. When our first daughter was 3 we started her on the Hooked on Phonics program. Mind you it was alot of work on our part (okay,…

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Early Admission to Kindergarten in Howard County Maryland

Kindergarten Early Admission Information – Shame on Howard County, Maryland Board of Education According to Maryland State law, children under the age of 5 by September 1 are not eligible to attend public school kindergarten unless the board of education gives the child a waiver.  So for instance if your child was born on September 2nd, they cannot attend Kindergarten in Howard County (same in other Maryland Counties) until the following year without filing an appeal.  As the parent of an advanced child who has an October birthday, and a…

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15 Year Old Maryland Teen Wins Science Fair

This is another amazing case of a kid who just put his mind to something–in this case a test for pancreatic cancer…and so at 15 he did something that is extremely important to humanity and will save lives and save tons of money. “Jack Andraka, 15, claimed the $75,000 prize for his test, which is roughly 28 times cheaper and faster, and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/21/maryland-teen-claims-top-prize-at-international-science-fair/#ixzz1w1azgeFU“   Way to go Jack.  I hope you’ll keep at it and lead the way to more innovation…

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Getting Girls Interested in Science and Engineering

  This is a wonderful toy for girls! The US needs to produce more scientists and as most people know, one of the problems is that there isn’t enough interest from girls. Of course girls can become great scientists who can improve our world, we really need to work hard on all levels to make sure girls know it.  A secondary reason is true of boys and girls alike: Public education has to do more to emphasize science and math.  Kids need to know that doctors, researchers, mathematicians and engineers are heros….

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After School and Weekend Activities in Howard County Maryland

I was recently told about a relatively unique afterschool/weekend activity for kids: Chinese Dance Lessons.  The source showed me videos and told me the teacher is wonderful.  I was so impressed with the simple beauty and grace of the dances, and how they involved the dancers’ whole bodies and facial expressions.  I am always looking out for other interesting after school ideas. My kids currently do: Roller Skating Lessons (fun/very cheap), Ballet Lessons, Piano Lessons and Swimming.  These activities fluctuate by time of the year and the amount of energy my…

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