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  1. I agree with you. My kids desperately want a dog. But even a rescue costs hundreds of dollars here, and then vet bills are SO expensive that we can't justify it. My parents just got us a puppy from a box of free puppies down the street, and I suspect were not-great at getting him medical care... they certainly never spent money on doggy day care, professional dog walkers, a giant crate for him to sleep in, etc. They did get him shots, but that's about the only thing I remember. On the other hand, these costs are because there are expectations that dogs be taken much better care of t
  2. IME, parents and older relatives usually dress up, friends and siblings don't. They're often very hot, and so people dress according to that.
  3. SaveSaveBecause kids have different interests and strengths, I don't think anyplace will offer the perfect one-size-fits-all set of programming... it sounds like she's looking more for a place where it's easy to find a community of smart kids with strong intellectual/academic interests. I think the Boston area is really great for that, and there are so many schools and companies and clubs, and the concentration of Tiger Parents to keep them well funded at attended (I don't think OP is a Tiger Parent, but the fact is that it often does take a few driven parents and a bunch of interested
  4. It was written to fill in the content gaps in a standard public school curriculum. IMO, it provides a nice, basic, outline of age-appropriate topics and ideas. It's not some absolute definitive list, but reviewing it can give some good ideas of topics to study. I like them.
  5. I'm familiar with PG kids, and all of the schools I listed will have other kids like her, and a culture where having a brain that works on superspeed will not be a social liability in and of itself.
  6. There's one down south called The Sage School that sounds interesting. I don't know much about it... I know one family whose kid went there and they didn't like it, but knowing that family it might actually be a vote FOR the school, if you catch my drift. For high school, Commonwealth is the go-to for the weird super smart kids. It's where I went, and it's definitely the culture.
  7. Agreed. I'd probably move to a place like Brookline (even though housing prices are $$$$, there are rentals that cost less). And then you can also apply to some of the "top" privates in the Boston area, and see what you think and if you get financial aid (I don't know if that's actually an issue, but these schools are about $40k a year, so many, many families are on aid). BU High has kids taking college classes at BU, Commonwealth is known for being tiny but super rigorous, Windsor is an excellent girl's school, and I'd include Nobles and Milton on the list (both have boarding and day optio
  8. Why not let her apply to the schools she wants to go to, and see if she gets financial aid?
  9. I'm not sure where you are, but would you consider moving to a city that has good magnet high schools, or private schools that offer opportunities for kids to work in local university labs? I went to a private high school in Boston that catered to kids who sound a lot like your daughter, and it was an academically rigorous environment, very intellectually stimulating, but still lots of fun. And the school had good relationships with lots of labs in the area (mostly through parents of students), and so kids were often hired for paid or volunteer gigs that usually went to college students. An
  10. I think it's a combination of charisma and empathy. I've known plenty of dumb people who have made it very far in school and in life, and I know plenty of smart people who have made it nowhere. And I know plenty of really hard workers who just can not catch a break, and plenty of people who do the very bare minimum and just surf through life easy peasy. What I think really leads to academic and career success is being able to read your teacher/boss and understand what they want and how to deliver it in the package they want it in, be able to work well with co-workers, be able to sell y
  11. Waldorf is really into materials... little kids are only allowed to touch "warm" materials, like wood and silk. Metal is a "cold" material that drains the lifeblood out of them. There's similar stuff about colors, too... no black, ever.
  12. Thanks, and yeah, that's pretty much where I am. I think showing a comparison is good, I think showing a comparison to a few languages, or at least an explanation about why Spanish was specifically chosen, would be better. Most vocabulary books I've looked at seem to do that, this is the only one I've seen that only compares the words to Spanish.
  13. I guess I just find it odd that comparisons to Spanish seem to be a big part of the program, throughout all the levels, and I was trying to confirm whether that's true, or just what happens to appear in the online samples? It appears in most of the samples I looked at. It seems to assume the kids have some familiarity with Spanish, and it just seems to me that if it's mentioned throughout each book, at each level, kids are going to draw inferences that aren't actually there. I think the samples are at the beginning of each book, so there doesn't seem to be a sentence saying why he's co
  14. I live in Boston and see leashed (or, if they're small, bagged) dogs on the subway all the time. I don't know if there's no rule, or if it's just a rule that people ignore, but I wouldn't overstate the "dogs are never allowed on public transportation in the US" thing. I've spent between a few weeks and a few months a year in London for the past 20 years or so, and I haven't noticed a huge difference in training there versus in cities here, or that dogs are allowed in more places. I don't think I've ever seen dogs in a supermarket or restaurant, except tied up outside. I see dogs on the B
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