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  1. If she's willing to loosen up to allow screens, Kahn academy for the oldest for math. I wouldn't use it for a full time curriculum, but for a couple months it would be great, and the parents can sign up to be able to view progress. (It could be done completely independently so long as a child can read).
  2. I would try The Hunger Games, or Wings of Fire (start with the graphic novel, maybe). So, my teens ARE readers, but my teen gave my 10 year old the graphic novel to the first book of Wings of Fire and he LOVED it (and my 10 year old is a reluctant reader). There's only two of the graphic novels out, but they are based on regular novels, so if he likes the graphic novels he might be tempted to try the regular novels just to get to the sequel quicker.
  3. So, another random reference I found (not to religion), was that the military unit Katniss was put in in book 3 was Squadron 451 (Ie, the temperature at which books burn, from Fahrenheit 451). Thought that was a cool nod.
  4. No relatives who secretly may leave gifts? My mom was notorious for that. We wouldn't be home, she'd just come inside and leave something.
  5. Hey! 👋 I Grew up there! ❤️🏔️ (Well, lived there from middle school through high school). I was up in Twin Peaks.
  6. So, while we never homeschooled with a charter, we looked into it seriously this last year. Inspire offers the most funds and the most freedom--you can use the funds on their supplementary classes (look up Exploring Minds - that's the program they offer classes through) or on your own curriculum, tutoring, supplies, etc. They also have a new lending library, do regular free social gatherings, and various other events. Classical is another one I looked into strongly. They offer several programs, one which is a combination of in school and homeschooling where they provide some of the curriculum, and another where you can take what classes you want but you have complete control of all the curriculum, and if your child takes less than 3 classes you can get some funds as well (I can't remember if they also have a lending library). This one can be hard to get into. There's often a waiting list but less of a waiting list for the program where you just choose classes, than the 3 day guided program. Innovations has a two day a week supplementary project based learning program. They offer no funds, but you can get curriculum through their lending library (and if I remember right they will sometimes pay for corresponding workbooks).
  7. You're in Paradise? Really? So, my dad used to work on the show Paradise, supposedly based on that town (he was a Grip...sort of like a more specialized stage hand. Worked on the mounting for the lighting). It wasn't filmed there, but still...very cool. One of the few shows he worked on we actually watched. (I grew up in Southern California, and am in San Diego now, after a 20 year sojourn in Texas).
  8. In 2nd...honestly, not much (but he has ADHD and honestly, probably some other stuff we are still figuring out). By 3rd, he could do a little math by himself and some copywork.
  9. The following all are open and go, with a nice script telling you what to say and do, and I've loved them all... All About Spelling/All About Reading* (So easy to use and well done). (reading and handwriting...both FREE, which is a perk). Really, really super simple to use. Short lessons about the phonics followed by funny little poems that are color coded so you read some, and the child reads some. The "Facts that Stick" series (Addition/Subtraction/Multipication Division Facts that Stick) - so easy. There's a short scripted lesson followed by a week of playing a game to help memorize the facts, but the it's not just rote memory. The lessons really get to the underlying structure of math. They are sold right here on Well Trained Mind. Right Start Math - Not as simple as the "Facts that Stick Series" but was what was suggested to me when I asked about something more complete than the "Facts that Stick" series. While scripted, it does multiple things each lesson, so it is harder to implement than FTS. So I just suggest using Facts that Stick on any children still in the stage where you are learning those math facts, since this is only for a couple months. But, this might work for whatever math state the 11 year old is in.
  10. That's really interesting! Thanks for sharing.
  11. Absolutely. I wasn't meaning to suggest that she did have a "Christian meaning" using this reference, and sorry if my original post seemed to say that.
  12. Well, I think Rue dying, unlike David, might be part of the point. A "reality" vs. "myth" type of thing. And while the culture of Panem doesn't show any traces of religion, there is a lot of references to Roman myth (Trident, used by Neptune, God of the Sea, Cornucopias had ties to Roman mythology, etc.). So, she's not completely avoiding references to's just that the references aren't about religion. They're about other things. This is the only Biblical reference I've found so far, and sort of why I was surprised to find it. But it's still too on the nose to be an accident. But everything you said about Rue and Prim and the Big Sister bond, I agree with...I don't see how her making a reference to David and Goliath concerning Rue would undermine that.
  13. To me it seems to blatant...small child with a slingshot going up against a large man with a sword (exact weapons David and Goliath had). And, it's one of the better known Bible stories, and even among the non-religious the "David vs. Goliath" story it used to point out exactly the theme you mentioned (underdog vs. the mighty). So, while I don't think it's necessarily has any religious meaning here, I can't see how she could have used those exact weapons "accidentally."
  14. I've always seen it as "homeschool," even if spell check has a tizzy about that (one more place it hasn't caught up to our homeschool lingo, along with printables, manipulatives, etc.).
  15. Maybe that's it. Maybe I wouldn't have noticed it if I wasn't religious myself. But it just seems like there are so many places where usually, even in sci-fi, religion is present. People facing their death, various ceremonies that often would be given some sort of religious tie but here don't (a wedding, for instance), people grappling with their own moral failings, even war and revolt (where people often have religious reasons for joining or abstaining), no prayers for safety of anyone, self or other, even though the main characters are constantly concerned for their families, etc....all of these are things where there would usually be someone, some character, relating in some way to that through a religious lens, even superficially. There isn't even a character saying that they DON'T believe in God because of all the war, oppression, etc... It wasn't that I would expect big religious references...but it was noticeable that the culture she created didn't have any trace of religion in it. I've grown used to, in modern movies and books, even in historical settings where you would expect more people to be religious, that the main character is usually athiest, agnostic, or skeptical of religion...and apart from the occasional wise teacher role that the most religious characters will be either evil, very annoying, or portrayed as sort of either pathetic or crazed. (That irks me...especially in the historical contexts, where too often they don't offer any real reason why someone raised in a religious context would end up agnostic/atheist). The absence of all that in the Hunger Games didn't bother was just interesting. It was a little refreshing actually that there wasn't the usual "fists toward the heaven" that often accompany dark, trying times in books and movies. It made me think it was intentional because I can't think of a book covering these topics that didn't have any trace of religion at all, in the negative or positive, or even in passing. Curious, when you first read the book did you notice the absence of religion in the Panem culture?
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