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Amazing Math Help for Kids from Mathnasium Roland Park

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Sometimes, the only thing worse than a kid struggling with math is a parent struggling to help their struggling kid. For both the student feeling hopeless and like they “just don’t get it” and the parent at a loss for ways to help their child make sense of baffling equations, math can trigger a lot more emotions than you would think for a subject that’s mostly made up of numbers and symbols. But for more than 35 years now, Mathnasium has been helping students not only to understand math, but to understand it in a holistic, enjoyable way—a way that makes sense to them. The result is that Mathnasium students don’t just pass math, they appreciate and enjoy it. A subject that began as a source of frustration and self-doubt becomes a source of self-confidence and passion. If it sounds far-fetched, consider this: what began as one man’s unique method of teaching kids math has now expanded to reach children all over the globe at over 500 learning centers. Mathnasium centers are on almost every continent, spreading a love of math like wildfire. And as of June 1st, you can get your child in on the action at Mathnasium Roland Park.

Summer School Can Be Cool: Yoga, Gardening, and Learning with Baltimore’s Mission Thrive

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Thrive participants learning the parts of a flower. Photo courtesy Summer of Real Food.
Thrive participants learning the parts of a flower. Photo courtesy Summer of Real Food.

Summer school is important — it keeps kids out of trouble, improves grades, and has generally proven to help struggling students do better in school. But it’s also really boring and kind of feels like a punishment. Which is why a new pilot program for ninth and tenth graders, in which students learn gardening, practice yoga, and develop communication skills, sounds so exciting.

The Singing Professor: Songwriting 101 at UB

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courtesy of UB University Relations/photo by JJ Chrystal

If University of Baltimore Professor Roger Friskey’s brisk attitude and winning grin remind you of Robert Preston in the film classic The Music Man, in which, of course, Preston’s charming band leader character only pretends to teach teens to play their expensive instruments, cease the comparisons at cosmetic ones. Yes, Friskey’s teaching a brand-new songwriting class as part of the summer schedule at UB; true, Friskey encourages anyone and everyone to register, even those without a hint of musical training or ability. But the guitar-strumming, Renaissance businessman, who typically lectures on persuasive and public relations writing for the university, isn’t promising to turn his students into pop stars or producers overnight. He’s just saying all are welcome to join the lively workshop discussion of songwriting technique and the seminar chat about the fast-changing face of the music industry. And all are encouraged to compose at their level.

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