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    Cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  1. Great news. I was offered and accepted a PT scientific editing position working from home at the very institution where I currently work (a top NYC cancer hospital research institute). I'm still working out the details but I hope to complete the transition by the end of August. Current boss is very sad to see me go and trying various offers and deals to keep me, but I simply cannot turn this opportunity down. Working PT (20-25h/wk) from home in an intellectually stimulating role suits me perfectly right now. We can swing it and I am craving more bandwidth to provide more nurturing
  2. @lewelma "The Explosive Child" by Ross Greene saved my life about four years ago when my consequences-centric (aka lots of punishments and time outs) were failing to change my older's behavior. I read the book and immediately signed up for and took a two-day parent training bootcamp with Dr. Greene. I translated the CPS model into a PPT deck which I presented to his teachers and school psychologist at the school he was attending at the time. At the end of the day, properly administering the ALSUP, clearing the deck (ie using plan C for a lot of lower priority issues), carving out time for e
  3. At work but had to send a quick note of deeply grateful thanks for this incredibly helpful feedback. So much good, practical advice and support.
  4. Just to finish my thought about medication. I worry that we're not getting to the root cause of things if we medicate. And I feel like THAT is my job as mother, to be the one person in the world with the love and care enough to really get to the bottom of what makes DS 10 so irritable. I don't to just drug him (I realize that may sound obnoxious). I want to work with the 'raw' kid, and use what is left of his childhood to dig deep and find out why he behaves the way he does - and confront it and address it. He is not a wild boy, nor is he mean. He has always had friends at school who r
  5. Incredibly helpful posts. I'm in tears. I'm craving some good advice from mothers with experience and wisdom. It has been a very lonely, isolating journey. DS 10 had a long period of aggressive behavior: as a toddler against his baby sibling (biting the baby's face and hands, leaving deep marks and bruises), as a preschooler against peers (biting and scratching, especially in the face), and in school against peers and occasionally the teacher (biting an arm, scratching, kicking and once poking in the arm with a pencil tip). I think the only reason why he managed to get into his curren
  6. HI Ruth, I remember you too! Congratulations on your MIT bound DS! WOW! To answer your (good) question, I have several motivations. I need to respond to a clear need on the one hand, on the other hand, I have an urge to provide some element of their academic life that I feel is missing (e.g. character education, proof-based math). DS 10 absolutely needs an accelerated humanities/social science curriculum. He has a social justice warrior nature and seeks to understand why the world is the way it is (to put it simply). An early fascination with weapons and warfare (common amo
  7. I joined this board 6 years ago with high aspirations to afterschool (and possibly full-on homeschool) my two boys. I'm reintroducing myself and looking for feedback and suggestions on how to regain momentum after much tumult. DS 10 has special needs which have led us down a twisting, turning path, educationally and therapeutically. He is a classic Aspie with a lot of strengths in the verbal domain, particularly reading comprehension and vocabulary. WISC-V vocabulary (99%), information (98%), block design (98%), figure weights (91%) with other subtests esp. in working memory in <
  8. Bradbury is a good suggestion. He loved Ender's Game. Ender's Shadow was a bit to fraught (early chapters feature gangs of starving children).
  9. My 9yo is interested in "hard" science fiction, that is, science fiction that features real or realistic (not fantastic) scientific concepts and accuracy, e.g. Andy Weir's The Martian, Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. Anything with scientific illustrations a plus (e.g. Dinotopia although that's fantasy not hard science fiction). I'd love suggestions for hard science fiction books that do not contain mature material (sex, drugs, violence). Off-color language fine (The Martin was peppered with it!) he knows it's inappropriate and never copies it. There are many lists on the internet of
  10. Geronimo Stilton (there are a zillion books if the characters and style hook him) Dodsworth series by Tim Egan is great fun for that age (London, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, NY..) Francis series by Russel Hoban Oliver and Amanda series by Jean Van Leeuwen (very sweet) Anything by Arnold Lobel
  11. They recently(ish) opened a branch here in Manhattan, and we visited it a few weeks back. The classes are very large - 17-23 kids. I also saw a lot of disorderliness during transitions. One kid was flipping a light switch on and off and the teacher threatened, "I'll give your homework a B- if you keep doing that!" We had my 8yo assessed and the assessment was very perfunctory. Overall we were turned off. I was expecting smaller classes and an overall calmer atmosphere. Maybe other centers are more well run. I know it is very popular in Boston (from where it originated).
  12. Posting here because I have an 8yo with a very advanced vocabulary and a strong aversion to writing. I'm looking for a strong curriculum that will provide a thorough, rigorous foundation in the basics of spelling, grammar and writing. We can spend an hour or so per day on this. A text with a good workbook would be ideal. I'm especially interested in anything that is part of a series (so we can continue into essay writing). We did Explode the Code for phonics and loved it. Many thanks!
  13. Ave! My boys, 4 and nearly 6, will study ancient Rome as soon as we finish up ancient Greece, having completed Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Indus Valley and ancient China all via Oxford University Press's "The World In Ancient TImes" series for young adults (I have my issues with the series but it was better than anything else I could find as a thoroughly referenced, scholarly, archeology-oriented first pass at ancient civilizations). The boys are huge Asterix fans and we have Roman playmobile people out the wazoo - they are chomping at the bit to study ancient Rome. I see this
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