Was read How an Economy Grows and Why It Doesn't by Irwin A. Schiff
I think it is essential for children to learn about earning and managing money at this age, but rather than provide Anders with unearned money (an allowance), I always have jobs available for him to do to earn money should he want to.
Tangent on auditioning for work (that was too long to put in above): One of the most important lessons Anders is learning through auditions is that if you want work, you have to do work first for free, and if you want to get promoted, you have to do even more work for free. Anders has lines to memorize before every audition, sometimes many lines. He has to do the work of memorizing without any guarantee of getting paid. If he wants a higher booking rate, he needs to improve his skills (by taking classes).
This is very similar to the real world that Tom and I have experienced. You don't get a raise and then start working harder. You don't get promoted and then learn new skills. You put the time in first - you learn the new skills and that leads to a promotion, you work harder and provide more value to your company and then you get a raise.
Watched YouTube: Annies Final Gymnastics Evolution
Watched YouTube: Flexible Kids Gymnastics Training School
Practiced archery and ax throwing at the Renaissance Fair
Kumon program, first grade level, pages 100-200/200 (completed)
Was read Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman
Was read How Big is a Foot by Rolf Myller
Was read Get up and Go (Math Start) by Stuart J. Murphy
Was read Divide and Ride (Math Start) by Stuart J. Murphy
Was read Betcha! (Math Start) by Stuart J. Murphy
Anders does Montessori tutoring to make sure he has concrete math exposure. Kumon is for rote memorization. I had planned to start Singapore math with Anders next fall as I had read that it was too abstract for kids younger than seven, but when I ordered the materials I would want for next fall, (including the Singapore math program,) I found that Anders is way past level 1. The entire book is going to be review. If you are following Anders's curriculum with your own child, I recommend starting Singapore Math whenever your child reaches level A in Kumon.
That being said, I am no longer convinced that it will be necessary to do both Singapore Math and Kumon. In fact, Singapore math seems to be almost identical to Kumon. It's done with a parent rather than in a center and more colorful/fun, but almost identical in approach.
Dr. DooRiddles, Level B1/Grades 4-7
Maze Craze Castle Mazes (completed)
Melissa and Doug Towering Castle 200 piece puzzle
Ravensburger Wolf Family in the Sun 200 piece puzzle
I love the well-trained mind grammar program. However, it is too repetitive for Anders. Also, he memorizes poems of his choosing rather than the ones in the book.
Read Danny and the Dinosaur
This is also one of the big reasons why I like the classical curriculum in reading rather than the modern combination "language arts." See my post about that http://roslynross.blogspot.com/2016/12/ideal-reading-programs-and-kumon-i-can.html
Was read Pyramid by David Macaulay
Watched YouTube: Military History Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt
Was read Aesop's Fables by Ann McGovern
Was read The Heroes by Charles Kingsley
Watched YouTube: Chaeronea 338 BC - Great Military Battles
Watched YouTube: Engineering The Carthages Empire History Documentary
Watched YouTube: Hannibal The Man Who Hated Rome (Roman Empire Documentary)
Was read City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 1: The Rise of the Roman Empire
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 3: Seduction of Power
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 4: Grasp of an Empire
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 5: Cult of Order
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 6: The Fall of the Roman Empire
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 7: Letters From the Roman Front
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 8: Wrath of the Gods
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 9: The Soldiers Emperor
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 10: Constantine the Great
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 11: The Barbarian General
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire - Episode 12: The Puppet Master
Watched YouTube: Epic Battle Of Alesia - Julius Caesar vs Vercingetorix
Watched YouTube: The Varus Disaster - Great Military Battles
Watched YouTube: Teutoburg Forest 9 AD - Great Military Battles
Watched YouTube: Germania 9 AD - Great Military Battles
Was read A History of Ancient Britain by Neil Oliver
Was read The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
Watched YouTube: The Celts - BBC Series Ep 3 - Sacred Groves
Watched YouTube: The Celts - BBC Series Ep 4 - From Camelot to Christ
Watched YouTube: The Celts - BBC Series Ep 5 - Legend and Reality
Watched YouTube: The Celts - BBC Series Ep 6 - A Dead Song
Watched YouTube: Hagia Sophia A Walk-Through
Watched YouTube: The Roman Empire: The Sack of Rome by Great Military Battles
Watched YouTube: Ancient Warriors  - The Huns
I think it is extremely important to expose children to challenging books from the get go i.e. books written a long time ago. In this way they get used to the old fashioned vocabulary words and are not afraid, intimidated, or annoyed by old fashioned books later. (For more on this idea read Marva Collins.) I don't read Anders exclusively challenging books - he always picks the next book from the stack by my bedside and there is always a selection of picture books, easy kids books, and old epics to choose from.
I highly recommend the application "ClipGrap" for downloading documentaries from YouTube.
I love The Story of the World - it is a very entertaining history textbook, but I think Anders would have enjoyed the version the same author wrote for high schoolers more than the version she wrote for kindergarteners. I am going to try the high schooler version for the middle ages.
I have yet to see a negative effect of allowing Anders access to the real world (adult documentaries) rather than making it PG for him - he has yet to ever come to my room in the middle of the night complaining of a bad dream (I don't think he has ever had a bad dream). He is not scared of the dark. His confidence in negotiating the world and making his own life choices is highly correlated with the fact that he is given access to all the information he wants and is not lied to and has nothing hidden from him. See this lecture for more on this subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQuMWgH7Ibk
Watched TedEd: The Deadly Irony of Gun Powder - Eric Rosado
Watched TedEd: The Science of Spiciness - Rose Eveleth
Watched TedEd: The Strength and Weaknesses of Acids and Bases - G Zaiden and C Morton
Watched TedEd: What is Chemical Equilibrium - G Zaiden and C Morton
Watched TedEd: Why Glass is Transparent - Mark Miodownik
Watched TedEd: The Science of Symmetry - Colm Kelleher
Visited Bodies exhibit at Los Angeles Science Center
Watched YouTube: Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth
Watched YouTube: How to Brush Your Teeth Lean in 4 Simple Steps!
Watched TedEd: What Causes Cavities - Mel Rosenberg
Watched TedEd: What Makes Muscles Grow - Jeffrey Siegel
Watched TedEd: Why Do Our Bodies Age - Monica Menesini
Watched TedEd: Why Do We Cry The Three Types of Tears - Alex Gendler
Watched TedEd: The Wacky History of Cell Theory - Lauren Royal-Woods
Watched TedEd: Cell vs. Virus: A Battle for Health - Shannon Stiles
Watched TedEd: How a Wound Heals Itself - Sarthak Sinha
Watched TedEd: How Do Scars Form - Sarthak Sinha
Watched TedEd: How We Think Cells Evolved - Adam Jacobson
Watched TedEd: How Your Muscular System Works - Emma Bryce
Watched TedEd: Insights into Cell Membranes via Dish Detergent - Ethan Perlstein
Watched TedEd: Wait Til 7 How Does the Thyroid Manage Your Metabolism - Emma Bryce
Watched TedEd: What Causes Body Odor - Mel Rosenberg
Watched TedEd: The Science of Milk - Jonathan J OSullivan
Watched National Geographic: Kids Really Wild Animals (Animal Builders)
Watched National Geographic: Known Universe: Treasure Hunt
Watched National Geographic: Known Universe: Most Powerful Stars
Watched National Geographic: Known Universe: Extreme Space Tech
Watched National Geographic: Known Universe: Construction Zone
Watched YouTube: Coolest Robots You Can Actually Own!
Watched YouTube: The Most Advanced Robots
Watched YouTube: Boston Dynamics Talks About the Future of Robots
Anders continues to make friends easily wherever he goes and is not remotely ageist. He likes old people and young people and is fantastic with small children. He also continues to make friends easily with both boys and girls. I would say that about 70% of the play dates he requests after a week of camp are with boys and 30% are with girls.
Anders has been exposed to mine craft but finds it to be extremely addictive and for that reason currently plans to only play it once a year, on January 1.