thank you rarely asks for help with schoolwork. Esp in science which is his favorite subject except for doing group-work. He asked for my help with a project due Monday!!! This is exciting for me! Usually he wants his dad to help or he just wants to be left alone to do it. If/when I insist on helping (mostly asking questions to get him to think through what was asked and if his work did what was asked) he gets very exasperated. He has a hard time putting what he has been asked to do into words, so generally I don't push as long as his grades are good. Now they have to make a plant cell out of candy. Talk about BUMMED - he realized that if he glued the candy down then it couldn't be eaten!! He asked me to help him figure out how to do it and what to make the organelles out of. I am THRILLED to help. I have done cell models for 3 other kids in past years. Well, helped them do the models. I am a stickler about the kid doing it and just giving ideas and practical help but the student must make the decisions and do the work. Comes from being a teacher's kid I guess. Or maybe an aspie teacher's kd. We decided to do the base out of melted white chocolate to be the cytoplasm. We will use various candies and sprinkles to be the different parts and will use different colors of white chocolate and icing to make it all work. The ideas were mostly his, I just made a few suggestions here and there. It is so fun to watch thank you's mind work. I know that is strange, but he is just fun. You should have seen the gears turning when I suggested using icing and/or white chocolate (tinted as needed) to make the various parts. When he realizedd that if we used chocolate or icing instead of glue, he just beamed. I guess nothing makes a science project more fun than being able to eat it when you are done. Unless you can make it explode first, lol! We can't manage that, but edible we can handle.