October 2014

October brings Baltimore’s Child’s annual Education Issue. A directory of Private, Parochial and Charter Schools is featured this month to bring you the information you need to decide which school is a good choice for your child.

Don’t worry! We haven’t forgotten about family fun for the fall so we have a huge listing of Fall Festivals and Halloween Happenings featured too!

That’s not all! If your child is being bullied, you’ll want to read our Family Matters column this month titled Triumphing Over Bullying. Should you be entertaining your infant or toddler with your cell phone or tablet? Find out in the B’More Healthy column. Need help sending your child to one of those schools listed in our directory? Our Educational Exchange column this month may help families of African-American students find a way to pay private school tuition. WBAL TV’s anchorwoman Lisa Robinson is being driven crazy! Find out who’s to blame.

Of course there’s more. Pick up a copy when you’re out and about or simply click to read this issue online.

Sharing Isn't Always Caring

The Spread of Enterovirus D68

It's cold and flu season but this year, the enterovius D68 poses a more serious threat to our kids than the usual common cold. Find out the symptoms and what you can do to make sure the virus doesn't spread. Click here to read

Get Ready for Another FUN FALL WEEKEND!

Saturday, October 25
Witchy Wonders Creative Family Arts Workshop Come rollick and frolic in our Halloween-themed October Family Creative Arts Workshop with teaching artist Christine Demuth. This interdisciplinary workshop will engage your little ghouls in drama, movement ,and craft activities that bring Room on the Broom by Donaldson and Scheffler to life! Everyman Theatre, Baltimore, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by October 23, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 443-615-7055 x7142, www.everymantheatre.org/classes/youth.
The Scarecracker: A Halloween Sweet A Halloween twist on The Nutcracker that includes various genres of dance including ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, and pointe. C. Milton Wright High School, Bel Air, 3 & 7 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.foresthilldance.ticketleap.com.
Baltimore Mommies Trunk or Treat All the treats without the tricks: Trunk or Treat is a safe, scare-free way for little boys and ghouls to enjoy Halloween fun without ever crossing the street. There will be treats, games, and lots of fun for the whole family! The Shops at Kenilworth, 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, 3- 5 p.m., 443-821-2912, www.baltimoremommies.com.

Sunday, October 26
Homewood Orchard Fest This fun-filled afternoon is presented in celebration of Homewood's new orchard, featuring heirloom apple and pear varieties. Enjoy interactive activities, demonstrations, walking tours, live music by the Mobtown Stringband, apple cider demos, lawn games, and more. Suggested donation. Homewood Museum, Baltimore, noon- 4 p.m., www.museums.jhu.edu.
Tot Swap Huge consignment sale featuring maternity and kids' clothes, shoes, books, toys, DVDs, baby equipment accessories, outdoor play equipment, sporting equipment, and more. We accept only high-quality items and many are new with tags or in like-new condition, including many brand names. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., www.totswap.net.

For more activities and events, check out our listing of Fall Festivals and Halloween Happenings and our October calendar.

A Special Edition 2014-2015

Available Now!

Click to Read A Special Edition 2014-2015 online

A Special Edition 2014-15 is a compilation of articles and resources for parents in the Baltimore metro area who are raising children with special needs. Coordinated and produced by Baltimore's Child, this year's A Special Edition includes articles covering topics of general interest, from getting a diagnosis, to being a successful advocate in IEP team meetings, to finding support among peers, to managing stress. It also provides detailed listings of resources including recreation and fun programs, camps, schools, and local support groups, along with information relating to specific disabilities.

In addition, Baltimore's Child invited local services and organizations that work with children with special needs and their families to participate in a special advertising opportunity allowing them to tell their stories in their own words in A Special Edition. We’ve noted A Special Advertising Section at the top of each of those pages. The services provided by these programs and practitioners act as a directory in and of themselves.

We hope you find the information in A Special Edition 2014-15 helpful. Please direct feedback and comments to Joanne@BaltimoresChild.com.

CLICK HERE to READ A Special Edition 2014-2015 online


Product Reviews and New Stuff

We get all kinds of stuff sent to Baltimore’s Child, stuff for children, stuff for parents, stuff for parents to use with their children, stuff to watch, stuff to read, stuff we thought we would never use...you get the picture. We’ll share our impressions and be adding new items to “Stuff” just about every week. New - Baby Comfy Nose. Take a look!

Are You A Well-Behaved Parent?

Take These 7 Steps Towards Becoming a Better Mom or Dad

OK, we all have our moments. Parenting is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and no one is always perfect. But are you a well-behaved parent, in general? Click here to read 7 Steps to Becoming a Well-Behaved Parent.


Babies Learn Words Differently As They Age

How do babies learn to talk? A University of Missouri study finds out. Click to read.

Is Buying Organic Worth It?

Your grocery bill is probably already taking a big bite out of your budget but should you be spending even more money to buy organic food? Local pediatrician Tina Kumra, M.D., from Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Wyman Park weighs in. Click to read.

10 Tips to Prevent Cyberbullying

This list was designed for teens but if your child is old enough to sit independently at a computer, you should be discussing these points to help keep him or her secure and free from cyberbullies. Click to read.

Here Comes the Flu!

A Flu Vaccine for Your Child?

It wasn’t too long ago that flu shots were given only to the elderly and to patients with compromised immune systems. That’s changed. Is it time to get a flu vaccine for your child? Check here.


Does Your Child Have Dyslexia?

Did you know that 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words? Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn. In honor of National Dyslexia Awareness Month in October, the International Dyxlexia Association would like to set the record straight about dyslexia and let families know that help is available. Read More.

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