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by alisoncooks
Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: Book Reviews & Extras - Elementary Girls
Replies: 67
Views: 25433

Re: Chapter books for young girls?

Thanks for all these great recs! I've been looking into some of them for my 5 year old, who loves to "read" chapter books. Just wanted to point out that many of the "Among the.... People" stories by Clara Dillingham Pierson are FREE for Kindle on Amazon! Just added them to mine; great for travel rea...
by alisoncooks
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Choosing K - For a child who is already reading, ideas & encouragement
Replies: 71
Views: 32694

Re: How to stretch K curriculum when child knows letters/sou

I haven't read all the responses so my apologies if this is a repeat suggstion.... But I'd throw several all-day field trips in there to help even things out a bit. An educational video/movie every so often. Helping mommy make lunch = educational! Public library story time = educational! (and they h...
by alisoncooks
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Book Basket and Independent Reading Archive
Topic: K & 1st - Favorite books and extra readers
Replies: 67
Views: 21606

Re: MFW 1st Bible stories

We like the Read and Grow Picture Bible. I grew up with this one and really like it. I has very realistic drawings. I also like "Bible Stories to Read" from Rod & Staff. It has a nice collection of Bible stories. My 5 yr. old loves to color in the accompanying coloring book while I read from it. Bi...
by alisoncooks
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Readiness - Sorting disobedience from other issues
Replies: 21
Views: 5892

Re: How much do you push your K student?

My daughter turned 5 in June and we're doing MFWK now. I don't have any helpful hints, just wanted to chime in that I see this with my child. My DD does not like to color, so we just circle with a crayon or cross pictures out. While she is capable of cutting & gluing, it can be so laborious and time...
by alisoncooks
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Books - Encyclopedias & Info Books for MFW-K
Replies: 47
Views: 19987

Re: MFW-K Encyclopedia?

I'm doing MFWK right now and we aren't using encyclopedias either. We've just been using a good nonfiction book for each topic (from the library). Some are better than others, but we've had good luck so far. Some of those "first-look science" type series, have great pictures and simple text. That's ...
by alisoncooks
Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Language Arts Archive
Topic: Handwriting Resources - Paper, fonts, pencils, grips
Replies: 32
Views: 11307

Re: Best tool for early handwriting...

We use a lot of different things. (DD is in MFWK.) We have a mini chalkboard (a la HWT) to practice letters. We use markers when tracing "dot" letters (shows up so much better). We started using the fat pencils when DD started to complain of hand fatigue (she was using standard #2)... What about tho...
by alisoncooks
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: First Grade Archive
Topic: Writing - Lefties?
Replies: 11
Views: 4216

Re: word spacing and lefties?

jasntas wrote:When my ds was in ps, his 1st grade teacher used 'space men'.
Haha, I did space men one year! :-)
With my K'er, right now we are using one of those big pink erasers...
by alisoncooks
Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: 4-year-olds - Sibling in K
Replies: 28
Views: 8603

4-year-olds - Sibling in K

This is probably a variation on an old question but here goes:) I have a son who will be 4 in one month and one who will be 6 starting MKW kindy. My 4yo wants to do everything his 6yo brother does(I also have a 1yo, 11yo and 16yo at home). I know I should start with the youngest and work my way up ...
by alisoncooks
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Math - Scope, Topics, Manipulatives
Replies: 4
Views: 3709

Re: Math for Kindergarten

Thank you. That helps alot. I was thinking of getting a judy clock and a smaller geared clock and maybe some play money. If we're going to do addition and subtraction I might add an abacus. I got a Judy clock (reasonably priced on ebay). However, if you just want to test the waters, Target has foam...
by alisoncooks
Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Chores = Life Skills!
Replies: 36
Views: 12121

Re: Children, allowance & chores, oh my!

Thanks for all the feedback -- keep it coming, if anyone hasn't chimed in. I'd love to learn as much as possible from more "seasoned" moms! We use Accountable Kids. I really like the looks of this and am considering if it can be made on my own....or perhaps I'll invest the money and get the set, IDK...
by alisoncooks
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Health, Safety, Phy Ed - When would MFW cover these?
Replies: 84
Views: 28259

Re: Gym class

But I hope you like some of the ideas I shared. I thought your ideas were awesome! I'm putting a sticky there for future reference! They are also pretty representative of what I saw taught in the public schools (when I taught 1st grd). I am fond of Fit Deck. They have a Fit Deck Jr. (for kid) with ...
by alisoncooks
Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Back to School - Ideas for parties & such
Replies: 70
Views: 24679

Re: Traditions!

We always have a breakfast out with "daddy" at McDonalds. He gives them the 'Please be good this year and listen to Mama" speech. Oh, and your triplets will love this.....put on their backpacks and send them out the back door, kissing them and telling them to have a good day. They then walk around ...
by alisoncooks
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Worldview - MFW approach to creation/evolution? What age?
Replies: 77
Views: 22377

Re: Creation... dinosaurs...YE/OE... MFWK

Ken Ham has a great picture book about dinosaurs for kids it's called (Wait for it.....) Dinosaurs for Kids. Oh, I just added that to my cart. My girls love dinosaurs (they thought Christmas came early when we bought the dino flash card set from the dollar section at Target!) And I like Ken Hamm so...
by alisoncooks
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 32360

Re: How do you keep up on school and house work??

alisoncooks - the more I look at your list to do....I love it. I am going to have to try to make one for me..Thanks for sharing that!!! Oh yay! I'm glad it helped. To be honest, I can make lists all day, LOL. It's putting them into action that I struggle with. ;) But --as odd as it sounds-- those l...
by alisoncooks
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 32360

Re: How do you keep up on school and house work??

(3)...An older woman at my church had 7 under 6 when her kiddos were younger and she gave me this great hint: Paper plates! Yep! Paper plates! Get the cheap ones. The kids can easily throw out their plates and clean up after lunch this way. (4) Mandatory quiet time for 30 to 45 minutes at some poin...
by alisoncooks
Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement - Overwhelmed with cleaning & homeschooling
Replies: 92
Views: 32360

Re: How do you keep up on school and house work??

You've got a lot going on! I personally think that sometimes in our lives, when our mother role is where we're needed the most...then the housekeeper/cook role can step down a little. Nothing wrong with PB&J for lunch...every day, if it helps. (For a while, at least. :)) Here are a few things I *try...
by alisoncooks
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Choosing Curriculum Archive--For Those New to MFW
Topic: Compare MFW to textbook approach & Happy with the switch
Replies: 79
Views: 32567

Letting go of the school mentality...

I just wanted to share a little... I taught 1st grade for 5 yrs. before becoming a SAHM. I have that typical school-teacher problem of collecting and "hoarding" (printouts, patterns, interesting activity ideas, worksheets, lesson books, Mailbox issues, etc.) I've been de-cluttering and cleaning in a...
by alisoncooks
Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Ideas - Kindergarten
Topic: Badges - Ideas for wearing them and alternatives
Replies: 61
Views: 43835

Re: New Badges in Kindergarden

I was just at Target yesterday, and in the school supply part of the dollar section, there is a pocket scheduling chart. It comes in red or blue, I think. It has thin strips of clear plastic to form the pockets. In any case, I picked up one of those last summer, and it works perfectly for displayin...
by alisoncooks
Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: Kindergarten Archive
Topic: Math - Is it enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 16593

Kindergarten Math

Is anyone supplementing math in Kindergarten? My husband and I are not math people and want our daughter to get a good start in math. Any advice or is MFW math enough to start out with? NC (*my state*) has their Standard Course of Study available to view online, with a list of objectives that all K...
by alisoncooks
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement/Ideas: Help with attitudes, unmotivated,
Replies: 81
Views: 28283

Re: My greatest fear & pet peeve: "I CAN'T!"

Age 4 is my least favorite age. I think of it as step 2 of the terrible 2's. And I don't take much of what a 4-year-old does as a permanent part of their character. :) I like that and will have to remember it! My daughter (newly turned 5) often gets acute cases of the grumpy "I-can'ts". For her, a ...
by alisoncooks
Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Ideas: Preschool boxes
Replies: 17
Views: 7325

Re: Preschool box ideas

Oooh, thanks for that link! That's the site where I found so many great ideas when my oldest daughter was preschool age (2-3 yrs ago!). I made several of their bags and she loved them! Can't wait to go back and look at these now with my lil' one in mind! Posted Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:59 pm by alisoncook...
by alisoncooks
Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Ideas: Preschool boxes
Replies: 17
Views: 7325

Re: Preschool box ideas

Where could I find the plastic tongs? Are the tongs toy related or are they a kitchen tool that is used for sorting/picking up? The tongs I used were a pair of plastic ones that came with our George Foreman grill. :-) They're smaller than regular kitchen/salad tongs so they're great for small hands...
by alisoncooks
Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Preschool & Pre-K Archive
Topic: Ideas: Preschool boxes
Replies: 17
Views: 7325

Re: Preschool box ideas

I'll be following this thread w/ interest. I'll be starting K w/ my 5 yr old DD in the fall. We also have a 3 yr old that will need to be kept busy. One thing I have done is bought one of those Kumon prewriting workbooks (mazes, drawing lines from one side to the other, tracing shapes, etc), then to...
by alisoncooks
Thu May 19, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Health, Safety, Phy Ed - When would MFW cover these?
Replies: 84
Views: 28259

Re: I need playing outside/exercise suggestions for my 5yo D

Sounds like you got some great ideas! Can't wait to try some out. My 5 yr. old is very active and independent...my 3 yr. old....isn't. ;) Here's what my girls like to do: ~we have 2 mini-trampolines in our house for jumping (they jump while they watch cartoons)...both yard sale finds. ~they have an ...
by alisoncooks
Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Other Subjects Archive
Topic: Encouragement/Ideas: Help with attitudes, unmotivated,
Replies: 81
Views: 28283

Re: O/T - Discipline

I don't know if I have ever posted here, but I often lurk. I have a 4 year old "strong-willed" girl and this thread caught my eye. The following comments were REALLY helpful/encouraging to me (we just had a big conflict last night, struggle of the wills): ...I also ask her to pray and ask God to mak...