Workboxes are a fantastic homeschooling innovation, but like any idea, what works for one family may not work for another.
While the concept of workboxes intrigued me, I was hard-pressed to figure out a way to make them work for a family our size. That is, until I ran across this post on another blog.
I took her ideas and reworked them into something that has revolutionized our homeschool! Here’s a taste of what that reworking of workboxes looks like for our family:
Each child has a black crate with their name on it. The crate contains their books, their pencil box, and a folder with each subject velcroed to it.
The kindergartner’s crate contains her folder with 1 math sheet and 1 handwriting sheet tucked inside, her reading book (Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons), and her pencil box with the same contents as the preschooler’s.
The older children’s folders contain their assignment sheets for each subject. Their books and pencil cases fit neatly in the crate as well.
On the outside of each folder there are velcro tabs corresponding to each subject the child studies as well as tabs for their morning chores and weekly chores. The kindergartner’s folder looks like this:
AM CHORES, CHORES, MATH, HANDWRITING, PHONICS
As the children complete each tab, they move the velcro tab from the outside of their folder to a chart on the pantry door.
Checked off assignment sheets and completed worksheets go back in the folder and the folder goes into the COMPLETED box where I can check them and reload them each night.
We’ve also added a tab for piano lessons and Scouts.
I hope reading how our family has taken a great homeschooling idea and reworked it to work for us encourages you to take an idea and make it your own by tweaking it to fit the unique circumstances of your family.
Amy can be found writing at Raising Arrows.