I have been meaning to create a post about Workboxes since we began using the system almost 2 years ago. Now that we have been asked “How do you organize your homeschool?” for this week’s TOS Blog Cruise, I’m finally getting around to it!
If you haven’t already heard the buzz about Workboxes, it’s a system created by homeschooling mother Sue Patrick. Initially, she used it with her autistic son, but she quickly found that it worked well for any child 18 months and up. I use the Workbox System with my two children, currently aged 6 and 11. I chart out their weekly work, and fill up their boxes daily. We use the system as outlined by Sue in her book. The only exception being that while I use boxes for my daughter, for my son (the eldest) I use 12 manila envelopes together in a big box – if the curriculum doesn’t all fit in the designated numbered envelope, I place it behind. Every morning after their daily chores, my children “clock in” to homeschooling and start working through their boxes.
Some boxes are labelled with cards as work-with-mom boxes, and some are work-with-your-sibling boxes, and some are for working through independently. What do I put in the boxes you may ask? Beyond the usual curricula i.e. Teaching Textbooks, Latina Christiana, Tapestry of Grace assignments and various books and read-alouds, we also have Mad-Libs, the Rummy Roots card game, Pattern blocks, multiplication blocks, crafts, and more 🙂 There is always something in the boxes for the children to look forward to! We also do the daily running that Sue suggests, although sometimes we substitute it for dance (especially on rainy days) as each of my children love to practice after their dance lessons.
I can’t recommend Sue Patrick’s Workbox System highly enough to organize your homeschool day. We went from two children whining, complaining, and dragging out our day to getting MORE done in LESS time! My children enjoy their workboxes and complaining is kept to a minimum 🙂
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