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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Modern Nomad's Ideal Meal

My husband, who is NOT a foodie, wanted something super easy to basically live on while working sixteen hour days that would keep him healthy (a great balance of protein carbs and fat and 100% of all vitamins and minerals).

Here is the meal we came up with that he can keep in a little fridge at his office:

1 cup high quality raw kefir (Organic Pastures brand if you live in CA)
1 can high quality sardines with bones packed in tomato sauce 
1 thick slice whole grain sourdough bread (a l'ancien from Le Pain Quotidien is a good choice)
the bread spread with raw butter and high quality raw honey
1 cup of high quality bone broth
lemon water throughout the day

-swap sardines for 1 can oysters once a week
-swap sardines for 1 can high quality liver pate once a week
-snack on apples, avocados, oranges, hazelnuts, almonds, or brazil nuts on various days of the week
-take fermented cod liver oil high vitamin butter oil daily
-When he has lunch or dinner meetings: red meat and salads with carrots and spinach

This diet is "nutritionally perfect."

*Note that the nutritionally perfect (100% of all vitamins and minerals) is an extremely rare nutrition goal that no one pays enough attention to. Everyone who has told me they are super healthy, when I have put what they eat for a week into nutritiondata.com, I have never found someone who isn't deficient in quite a few vitamins and minerals. Overtime vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause serious health problems. I recommend that everyone do their own nutrition experiment to find out what areas of their diet they "naturally" lack in.

*Also note that it was my focus on meeting 100% of my RDA of every vitamin and mineral that led me to conclude that high fat diets are the way to go, as there is no way to meet nutrient needs of vitamins A, D, K and E without a significant amount of fat in the diet. Also, in trying to help my Paleo and vegetarian friends create nutritionally perfect meals for themselves I came to a very clear conclusions: the math simply doesn't work. These are not good diets, not if you don't want to be nutrient deficient eventually anyway. 

What I Do About Tantrums and Hitting

I was recently asked what I do when Anders throws tantrums. The short answer is: Anders doesn't throw tantrums. Or maybe he does and I just don't call it tantrums as that feels disrespectful? Because he does get upset! He doesn't throw himself on the floor, but he does throw himself into my arms. 

Anyway, what I would do if Anders or any other child--or adult--were to feel something so intensely that all he could do was lay on the floor and cry is: I would kneel down by him, if he let me I would put my hand on his stomach for comfort, and I would just be there with him while he was sad.

Sometimes I am helpless to fix someone else's pain. Perhaps my husband really wants me to go out with him, but I am too tired, and I just don't have it in me to do that for him, and it makes him super sad. I can't fix it, but I can be very compassionate and kind about the suffering he is experiencing. The same with Anders, sometimes he really wants something that I am simply not willing to buy for him, and it makes him sad. I can't fix it. But I can offer to hold him while he is sad or simply be there with him.

This is a learned skill. Ten years ago I would have thought, "What a spoiled brat!!!" and that judgement would have blocked me from feeling compassion for my son, and I would have tried to "get him" to feel better or to repress or something. Today, I simply come into my perceptual brain and perceive. I literally focus my brain on the person suffering: his face, his pain, his tears, the tightness in his body--my mirror neurons understand how he is feeling and empathy pours out naturally. 

As long as I can stay in my perceptual brain there is no guilt, no anger, no embarrassment, no judgement. There is just being with a fellow human while they are sad. It's amazing how if I don't make it about me... it really isn't about me! 

Remember that it takes two people for one person to "throw a tantrum." Let's say my husband tells me that he wants to get Chinese food for dinner and I say I want Mexican. And he says that he really needs Chinese and he is not willing to go to two different restaurants so we can both get our needs met. Now I'm a little peeved. Why don't my needs matter?! So I'm like, "Ummmm, don't I matter?" If he responds compassionately everything will be fine. But if he responds with, "Now you're going to throw a fit because you're not getting your way!" or "Go to your room until you can be grateful you get any dinner at all!" or whatever other rude thing he could say, I will get Very Peeved and possibly "throw a tantrum." But if my husband had said, "I really really want Chinese and I just don't have it in me to stop at two restaurants. Would you be able to give me the gift of meeting my needs tonight?" I might very well say that I can give him that gift and the problem is solved. It takes two people for one person to "throw a fit." The person throwing the fit is usually doing so because he wasn't heard.

Moreover, when it's a kid--you are the adult in the situation so: if your kid is throwing a fit, guess whose fault it is? That's how I think about tantrums.

So it could be answered that Anders never threw tantrums because I never gave him the opportunity.

Until 2015. Man that year was so rough! In January our housemate burnt down our kitchen. We camped in that house in Los Angeles with no kitchen and throughout the construction until JULY. It was horribly stressful. And as soon as the kitchen was done, we moved to Nicaragua. More insane stress. So what happened? For the first time in Anders's life he started having some pretty terrible emotional outbursts.

He was around 3 1/2 and one day on a playdate his friend got upset and bit him and hit him and after that whenever Anders got upset for about four months he would try to hit or bite anyone near him who upset him. 

During those moments I would say, "I'm not going to let you hit me. Can I hold your arms?" 80% of the time simply saying that would stop the hitting. 10% of the time he would say, "Yes! Hold my arms!" and I would. I would hug him, bear style, and hold his arms. Sometimes I had to hold his head to to prevent him from biting. He would generally cry and scream and when he was quiet enough I would tell him something like, "You were feeling sooooo angry! Thank you for letting me hold your arms so no one got hurt! I love you soooo much." And then we would talk about what happened. Around 10% of the time, he ask me to not hold his arms but he would continue to try to hit and bite--so I would hold his arms anyway. He would usually calm down rather quickly, but this felt too much like a punishment for me to feel very good about it.

This hasn't happened in quite some time. I was actually not expecting it to happen at all with Anders. I do blame myself for it. I have compassion for myself as well because I know how hard the year was but like I said above: a person doesn't randomly go nuts. In every circumstance where Anders became a little nuts, it was easily my fault for not paying attention soon enough to what was going on. 

After a time Anders told me that he didn't like it when I held his arms, and so we agreed that I would not hold his arms if he would not hit me. For a few months when he got upset (maybe once every two weeks or so) I would see him hold back his arm like he wanted to hit me and then change his mind. It was quite incredible. Since moving to the farm our life has calmed down quite a bit and it has been a long time since Anders tried to hurt me, so long I can't even remember the last time.

 He is 4 1/2 now. The current thing we are working on with him is his attacking other people, people who don't know his boundaries--his body and his things. He gets super pissed when adults pick him up and move him places without his permission. He believes his body is his and people don't have a right to touch it without his permission. Ditto with his property. We are working on that, on how to communicate our needs in an assertive way to people of various ages, and especially adults and younger children who have a tendency to not listen.

I want to do a skit about this for YouTube, what my Hero would do in the adult world too. Say a guy in a bar punches John Galt. Does John Galt punch him back? It is his right to punch him back, after all. That's what John Wayne would have done! Or would John Galt call the bouncer and get the guy tossed from the bar and then follow that up with a law suit? That is also his right. That's what Ayn Rand would have done! Or does John Galt turn the other cheek like Jesus would have done?

My hero, let's call him Tom Garrett instead of John Galt since Galt is Rand's. Tom Garrett swiftly gets the guy into a krav maga hold and says, "What's going on man?" and lets the guy spew out his anger which would inevitably lead to him feeling his pain which would lead to crying which would end up with Tom letting the guy out of the hold while the guy finished expressing his feelings and then after the guy was done and feeling very grateful to Tom and feeling better for having released his feelings he would look at Tom and say, "Thanks man. I'm so sorry for hitting you. That was a real dick move. What can I do to make it up to you?" 

If you want to make this skit with me let me know. :)

It is only the compassionate move that leads to a healthy community and a healed relationship. So: there is no contradiction here. How I respond to an emotional Anders is how I would like to respond to an emotional adult. If I can. I don't think there is any shame in the other responses available to me. If I can be heroic in that moment, I am, and if I can't (because I have had a very bad day myself) I punch the guy back or have him thrown out of the bar and later we make up and I talk about how I wish I would have responded and the guy talks about how he wishes he hadn't have lost it in the first place.

There is no contradiction here when it comes to parents. Let's be heroes when we can. When we can't our relationship will be damaged--but it can also be healed. Attempting to cooly control children with punishment and rewards, manipulating them, lying to them--these things will destroy a relationship. An authentic emotional outburst won't. (Unless of course it happens all the time.)

*Note that when a child is 2 and under and hits the proper thing to do is to help him find something he can hit, not to stop him from hitting. Somewhere around 2 1/2 he desire to "hit SOMETHING" turns into the desire to "hit YOU" and that is when the strategy changes.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Anders's Bibliography/Education By Age

Last Updated 10/16

Books in red I highly recommend.
Books in blue, I recommend.
Books in black made it into my son's library.
Book in gray I did read to Anders but did not like or do not recommend.
*I have reviewed many of these books on Goodreads.com, click here to read my reviews.

What I look for:
-Subjects he is interested in (Castles, dogs, volcanos)
-Business and economics introductions
-Farm life (i.e. similar to his life experience)
-Classics (good for vocabulary building and these are the books I enjoy reading the most)
-Myths, fairy tales, religions (for social fluency and as armor against people who try to convince him their myth is the One True Myth)
-Rational thinking (for example Nate the Great)
-Ethics/Philosophy/Psychology

-Science Books (Let's Read and Find Out Science)

UNDER 2

No books or movies
Some youtube videos to explain different things

AGE 2

Books
Beskow, Elsa: Pelle's New Suit
Mura, David: Tools
*I read aloud to him whatever I happened to be reading at the time.

No movies, aps, or other media
Some Youtube videos to explain different things

AGE 3

Books
Beskow, Elsa: Pelle's New Suit
Andry, Andrew C. and Steven Schepp: How Babies are Made
Duvoisin, Roger: Petunia
Drummond, Ree: Charlie the Ranch Dog
Hughes, Shirley: Bathwater's Hot
Lenski, Lois: The Little Train
Lindman, Maj: Flicka, Ricka, Dicka Go To Market
RexMichael: My Fire Engine
Rawls, Wilson: Where the Red Fern Grows
RylantCynthia: Henry and Mudge
Wilder, Laura Ingles: Little House in the Big Woods
Wilder, Laura Ingles: Little House on the Prarie
Wilder, Laura Ingles: On the Banks of Plum Creek
Wilder, Laura Ingles: By The Shores of Silver Lake
Wilder, Laura Ingles: The long Winter
Wilder, Laura Ingles: Little Town on the Prarie
Wilder, Laura Ingles: These Happy Golden Years
Wilder, Laura Ingles: The First Four Years
Wilder, Laura Ingles: Farmer Boy
Wilkes, Maria D.: Little House in Brookfield

Project On The Little Red Hen and The Three Little Pigs
Barton, Byron: The Little Red Hen
Bishop, Gavin: The Three Little Pigs
Brett, Jan: The 3 Little Dassies
Dewan, Ted: Crispin and the 3 Little Piglets
Downard, Barry: The Little Red Hen
Forest, Heather: The Little Red Hen
Galdone, Paul: The Little Red Hen
Gay, Marie-Louise: Three Little Pigs
Geist, Ken: The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
Hooks, William H.: The Three Little Pigs and the Fox
Kellogg, Steven: The Three Little Pigs
Ketteman, Helen: The Three Little Gators
Kimmel, Eric A.: The Three Little Tamales
Laird, Donivee: The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark
Lowell, Susan: The Three Little Javelinas
Moser, Barry The Three Little Pigs
Murawski, Darlyne and National Geographic Kids: Ultimate Bug-opedia
Pichon, Liz: The Three Horrid Little Pigs
Pinkney, Jerry: The Little Red Hen
Roberts, Tom: The Three Little Pigs
Ross, Dev: The Three Little Pigs
Rounds, Glen: Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
Rubin, Vicky: The Three Swingin' Pigs
Salinas, Bobbi: The Three Little Pigs
Schwartz, Corey: The Three Ninja Pigs
Sidney, Margaret: Five Little Pepper and How They Grew
Teague, Mark: The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
Weisner, David: The Three Pigs
Zemach, Margot: The Three Little Pigs
Ziefert, Harriet: The Three Little Pigs

Learning Books
BOB Books for learning to read
Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K and Kindergarten
Kumon Workbook Series for 3-year-olds

Classes
Piano and then drum lessons at Lewis Music Academy in Moorpark
Gymnastics at Matrix Gymnastics in Chatsworth

Field Trips
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
Natural History Museum in Los Angeles
Getty Art Museum in Los Angeles
California Science Center
KidSpace Children's Museum
Porcupine Freedom Festival
Petting Zoos
Renaissance Fair

Aps
Audubon Guides
Brain Strain
Montessori Counting Board by GrashopperAps 
Montessori Numbers by L'Escapadou
Montessori Writing Wizard by L'Escapadou

YouTube
WranglerStar YouTube Show--wonderful values to impart along with his homesteading tutorials


Television
Animal Planet: Insane Pools (researching pools)
Discovery: Man, Woman, Wild (episodes about Central America)
Discovery: Naked and Afraid (episodes about Central America)
HGTV - Building Hawaii (researching tropical building)
HGTV - House Hunters: Off The Grid
National Geographic: Live Free or Die
PBS: Inside Animal Minds (episodes on topics he was interested in)
PBS: Nature (episodes on topics he was interested in)
Travel: Hotel Amazon

Movies
A Cow's Life 
Bears by DisneyNature
An Original Duckumentary 
Babies (Anders really loved this movie)
Little Hard Hats: Farm Country Ahead
Little Hard Hats: Fire & Rescue
Little Hard Hats: House Construction Ahead
Little Hard Hats: Road Construction Ahead
Little Hard Hats: Where the Garbage Goes
March of the Penguins
More Than Honey (Anders really loved this movie)
Oceans by DisneyNature
The Crimson Wing by DisneyNature

AGE 4

BOOKS
Aesop, Aesop's Fables
Allen, JP and Marci Winters: Giraffe Juice: The Magic of Making Life Wonderful
Aliki: I'm Growing (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Andry, Andrew C. and Steven Schepp: How Babies are Made
Bancroft, Henrietta & Richard G. Van Gelder: Animals in Winter (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Berger, Melvin: Germs Make Me Sick
Berger, Melvin: Spinning Spiders (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Berger, Melvin: Switch On, Switch Off (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Beskow, Elsa: Pelle's New Suit
Blake, Robert: Togo
Blaisdell, Bob: Favorite Greek Myths
Bennett, Grace Irene: Diddle Daddle Duckling
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law
Branley, Franklyn: Earthquakes (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Bradley, Kimberly: Energy: Makes Things Happen (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: Day Light, Night Light (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: Down Comes the Rain (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: Gravity is a Mystery (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: The Moon Seems to Change (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: Volcanoes (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: What Makes Day and Night (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Buckley, James Jr.: Who Was Milton Hershey?
Burgan, Michael: Who Is Richard Branson?
Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess
Burnett, Frances Hodgon: The Secret Garden
Chargot, Patricia, The Adventures of Balto: The Untold Story of Alaska's Famous Iditarod Sled Dog
Cressy, Can You Find It
Crowther, Ruth: Manly Manners
D'Aulaure, Ingri: Children of the Northlights
D'Aulaire, Ingri: D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths
D'Aulaire, Ingri: Leif the Lucky
Dahle, Borge: Smajutuls in the Winter Mountain
Dorros, Arthur: Ant Cities  (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Dorros, Arthur: Feel the Wind  (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Duke, Kate: Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Duvoisin, Roger: Petunia
Ebensen, Barbara Juster: Baby Whales Drink Milk (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Emberly, Ed: Make a World
Drummond, Ree: Charlie the Ranch Dog
Gipson, Fred: Old Yeller
Grahame, Kenneth: The Wind in the Willows
Grimm, The Brothers: Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales
Heller, Ruth: Animals Born Alive and Well
Heller, Ruth: Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
Heller, Ruth: How to Hide a Butterfly
Heller, Ruth: Plants That Never Ever Bloom
Heller, Ruth: The Reason for a Flower
Hughes, Catherine D. and National Geographic Kids: Little Kids First Big Book of Space
Jenkins, Emily and G. Brian Karas: Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
Krimms, Simon: Rollerdog
Kunhardt, Edith: Pompeii: Buried Alive!
Lauber, Patricia: Be a Friend to Trees (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Lauber, Patricia: Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Lindman, Maj: Flicka, Ricka, Dicka Go To Market
London, Jack: Call of the Wild
Love, Sandrine and Mohammad Naser, The Adventures of Andrew Price
Macaulay, David: Castle
Macaulay, David: Castle: How It Works
Macaulay, David: How Machines Work
Macaulay, David: Jet Plane: How It Works
Macaulay, David: Mill
Mackenzie, Donald A.: Scottish Fairy Tales
MacLachlan, Patricia: Sarah, Plain and Tall
Maestro, Marco and Giulio Maestro, What Do You Hear When Cows Sing?
Messner, Kate and Christopher Silas Neal: Over and Under the Snow
Milne, A.A.: Winnie-the-Pooh
Milne, A.A.: The House At Pooh Corner
Moeller, Joy and Samantha Weaver: Tucker the Tongue Finds His Spot
Montgomery, Lucy Maud: Anee of Green Gables
Otto, Carolyn: I Can Tell By Touching (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Parish, Peggy: Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
Reiser, Lynn: Margaret and Margarita
Ross, Roslyn: The Three Little Pigs: Or, To Survive You Must Plan ... And Work
Sciff, Irwin: How an Economy Grows and Why It Doesn't
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman: Nate the Great
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman: Nate the Great Goes Undercover
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman: Nate the Great and the Lost List
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman: Nate the Great and the Phony Clue
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman: Nate the Great and the Sticky Case
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman:  Nate the Great and the Missing Key
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman:  Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman:  Nate the Great and the Musical Note
Sharmat, Marjaroie Weinman:  Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
Showers, Paul: A Drop of Blood (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Showers, Paul: Hear your Heart (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Speedy Publishing: Fastest Animals of the World
Sloane, Eric: Diary of an Early American Boy
Standiford, Natalie: The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
Titus, Eve: Anatole
Twain, Mark: The Prince and the Pauper
Viorst, Judith: Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
Winterberg, Philipp: Am I small? Soy Pequena?
Wright, Thomas: The Fisherman's Catch
Wyss, Johann: The Swiss Family Robinson

LEARNING BOOKS AND PROGRAMS
Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Kindergarten and First Grade
Kumon Workbook Series for math 
Kumon Thinking Skills Workbook Series
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

CLASSES AND CAMPS
Piano and then drum lessons at Lewis Music Academy in Moorpark
Gymnastics at Jag Gym in Culver City and Santa Barbara Gymnastics Club in Santa Barbara
Ballroom Dance at Beverly Hills Ballroom in Beverly Hills
Theater at Kids on Stage in Santa Monica
Montessori Summer Program at Montessori Center School in Goleta, emphasis on math
Kumon Math and Reading Program (in person in the Kumon center)

FIELD TRIPS
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
Natural History Museum in Los Angeles
Getty Art Museum in Los Angeles
California Science Center
KidSpace Children's Museum
Renaissance Fair
Santa Barbara Mission
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

APS
Montessori Counting Board by GrashopperAps 
Montessori Matching by GrashopperAps
Montessori Numbers by L'Escapadou
Montessori Writing Wizard by L'Escapadou
Montessori Crosswords by L'Escapadou

YOUTUBE
Ted Ed
WranglerStar YouTube Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFlnlGx0B5U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yda8RtOcVFU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV9x79_WYbk
-Many YouTube videos his father about water systems, plumbing, and composting.
-Many videos with me on Iceland, vikings, castles

TELEVISION
BBC: Planet Dinosaur (entire series)
BBC: Walking With Dinosaurs (entire series)
National Geographic: Creatures of the Deep Collection (episodes on topics he was interested in)
National Geographic: Live Free or Die, season 2
National Geographic: Most Amazing (episodes on topics he was interested in)
National Geographic: Specials (episodes on topics he was interested in)
National Geographic: Survive the Tribe (episode about the rain forest)
National Geographic: Wild (episodes on topics he was interested in)
PBS: Inside Animal Minds (episodes on topics he was interested in)
PBS: Nature (Invasion of the Killer Whales)
PBS: Nova (Rise of the Robots, Stronger, Making Stuff Wilder, Making Stuff Colder, What Are Dreams, Rise of the Drones, Alien Planets Revealed, Chasing Pluto, Nuclear Meltdown, Himalayan Megaquake, Creatures of Light, Killer Typhoon, Meteor Strike, Why Ships Sink, Birth of the Earth)
PBS: The Mind of a Chef (episodes about Faviken)

MOVIES – DOCUMENTARIES
Fabulous Frogs 
I Am In Space (Anders didn't like this one)
IMAX Hubble (Anders really loved this movie)
King Corn: You Are What You Eat
More Than Honey
Oceans by DisneyNature
Turtle: The Incredible Journey
Dinosaur 13

MOVIES – FICTION
*We watch fiction movies on full moons. We watch them once, not over and over.
Sleeping Beauty
Ratatouille 
Winnie-the-Pooh
Balto
The Peanuts Movie
Anne of Green Gables
Zootopia

AGE 5

BOOKS
Alcott, Louisa May: Little Men
Aliki: I'm Growing (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Bancroft, Henrietta & Richard G. Van Gelder: Animals in Winter (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Bauer, John (illustrated by): Swedish Folk Tales
Berger, Melvin: Germs Make Me Sick
Beskow, Elsa: Pelle's New Suit
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom
Boyack, Connor: The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law
Branley, Franklyn: Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Branley, Franklyn: Down Comes the Rain (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Burns, Marilyn: The Greedy Triangle
Crowther, Ruth: Manly Manners
Dahl, Roald: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist (Classic Starts)
Demuth, Patricia Brennan: Who Was Bill Gates
Ebensen, Barbara Juster: Baby Whales Drink Milk (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Duvoisin, Roger: Petunia
Hass, Nicole: Freedom Bee
Heller, Ruth: Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
Kiyosaki, Robert: Escape the Rat Race: Learn How Money Works and Become a Rich Kid
Krimms, Simon: Rollerdog
Lauber, Patricia: Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Langley, Andrew: You Wouldn't Want to Be a Viking Explorer!
Macaulay, David: Jet Plane: How It Works
Macaulay, David: Pyramid
Otto, Carolyn: I Can Tell By Touching (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Pollack, Pam and Meg Belviso: Who Was Steve Jobs
Pyle, Robert: The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Classic Starts)
Ross, Roslyn: The Three Little Pigs: Or, To Survive You Must Plan ... And Work
Showers, Paul: A Drop of Blood (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Showers, Paul: How Many Teeth (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
Sloane, Eric: A Reverence for Wood
Sobol, Donald J: Encyclopedia Brown
Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island (Classic Starts)
Titus, Eve: Anatole
Viorst, Judith: Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
Wilder, Laura Ingles: Farmer Boy
Wilder, Laura Ingles: On the Banks of Plum Creek

COMPLETED WORKBOOKS
Kumon Workbook: Around the World
Kumon Workbook: Measurement and Length
Kumon Workbook: Logic for Kindergarteners
Kumon Workbook: Same and Different for Kindergarteners
Kumon Workbook: Spacial Reasoning for Kindergarteners
Gifted and Talented Test Preparation for Kindergarten

PROGRAMS IN PROGRESS
Kumon Math Program
Kumon Reading Program (through level 3A, then changed)
Hooked On Phonics

CLASSES AND CAMPS WHILE IN LA
Acting: Stage Left Camera Right and Young Actors Space
Ballroom Dance: Beverly Hills Ballroom
Fine Art: Renaissance Fine Art
Gymnastics: Jag Gym
Ice Skating (for Hockey): Iceland Ice Ring and Kings Valley Ice Center
Krav Maga: Krav Maga Worldwide
Math: Santa Monica Montessori School
Music: Cornerstone Music Academy and Burbank Music Academy
Science: Science Explorers Robot Camp
Spanish: Kallpachay Spanish Immersion
Theater: Performing Arts Workshop and Kids on Stage

FIELD TRIPS
Autry Museum of the American West
Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Auto Show
Peterson Automotive Museum
Horseback riding at Selva Negra in Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Travel Town Train Museum
*Going to work with Papa
*Visiting the workplaces of various family friends

APS
Mathtopia

YOUTUBE
Wrangler Star (various episodes)

TELEVISION
Discovery: Naked and Afraid: The Jungle Curse, 
Discovery: When We Left Earth: Project Mercury
DVD Set: On Duty Firefighters
DVD Set: The Apprentice
History: Specials (101 Inventions That Changed the World,  101 Weapons That Changed the World, 102 Minutes that Changed America, Art of War, Crash: The Next Great Depression?, First Mothers, History's Most Extreme Airports, Invisible, Isis: The Rise of Terror, Journey to the Earth's Core, Ripped Off: Madoff and the Scamming of America, Scammed, Secret Access: Airforce One, Secret Societies, The Making of Trump, The Real Story of Thanksgiving, The Secret World of Gold, The White House: Behind Closed Doors, Transition of Power: The Presidency, Weird Warfare, What People Earn: Baseball Bats & Cowboy Hats, What People Earn: Beer, Knives, Football)
National Geographic: Creatures of the Deep Collection (episodes on topics he was interested in)
National Geographic: Explorer (Secret History of Gold, Lost Cities of the Amazon, T.Rex Walks Again)
National Geographic: Known Universe: Surviving Outer Space, Treasure Hunt, Most Powerful Stars, Extreme Space Tech, Construction Zone
National Geographic: Kids Really Wild Animals (Animal Builders)
National Geographic: Wild (Eternal Enemies)
PBS: First Peoples: Europe
PBS: Nova: The Spy Factory, Vikings Unearthed, What Darwin Never Knew
Smithsonian: Trump 757, C-17 Globemaster III, Blue Angels, Sofia 747SP

MOVIES – DOCUMENTARIES

MOVIES – FICTION
*We watch a fiction movie on full moons.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Star Wars I
Stars Wars II
Star Wars III
Star Wars IV
Star Wars V
Star Wars VI
The Jungle Book
The Wizard of Oz
WallE
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory