November 2015

It's Turkey Time!

Whether you’re seeking full-time child care while you’re at work or a part-time preschool that will teach your child socialization and pre-reading skills a few mornings or afternoons a week, you need to know all the options that are available to you. Our annual Early Education and Child Care Directory, an extensive list of local programs, is here to help.

Also in our November issue, read all about the Y in Central Maryland's Fit N Fun program, including its brand-new running component intended to prepare kids to participate in the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K on Thanksgiving Day, one of the Y's major fundraisers.

We've got articles from all your other favorite local parenting columnists in our November issue, too, of course, along with our monthly calendar of family-friendly events and our annual Spotlight on Education: Academics and the Arts, a special advertising section of area schools, preschools, and arts schools. So limber up and go for a run—or maybe a leisurely jog would be better—through our November issue. And have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

“The Secret Garden” at Center Stage

A review by Joyce Heid

The scene opens with a young girl, all alone, facing the devastation of the sudden loss of her parents. Her world falls apart as she is torn from the people she loves and the only home she has ever known. Sent to live with a brooding uncle, will her fears and loneliness drive her further into isolation, or is it possible that hope can arise from even the darkest of times? Read the rest of Baltimore’s Child’s review of Center Stage’s production of the musical “The Secret Garden” Read all about it here.

Local Farmers Talk Turkey

Benjamin Franklin famously wished the turkey had been chosen over the bald eagle as the symbol of the United States. He didn't get his way, of course, but his observations on the moral fortitude of the turkey have endured. It turns out there’s still a lot we can learn from the birds of the hour and from the people who farm them. Two of the Baltimore region’s larger farms that breed and sell turkeys are Springfield Farms in Sparks and Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in Parkville. Both farms, like many others in the area, also invite families to visit during the season. Baltimore's Child Let's Eat columnist Kit Waskom Pollard chatted with the heads of those two farms for her article, “Local Farmers Talk Turkey,” sharing a few lessons that children—and their parents—might learn from spending an afternoon on the farm. Read all about it here.


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 get the picture. We’ll share our impressions and be adding new items to “Stuff” just about every week. New - Kids’ Graphic Novel of the Month Club Take a look!

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More Talk - Less Tech!

Don't Let Technology Invade Quality Time with Your Kids

School's out and that means lots of unstructured time for kids. If your child's first instinct is to turn to a screen when boredom hits, you may find that healthy parent-child communication goes by the wayside. Take a look at this info graphic from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for ways to foster quality talk time.

Play Safe!

Infographic Guide to Safe Playgrounds

Planning to build a play area in your yard or wondering if the playground you take the kids to is safe? Download this infographic that can guide you in building your own play space or evaluating the safety of the ones your family visits. The infographic comes courtesy of Pish Posh Baby and