NOV
03
2009

The Workbox System

We just started using the Sue Patrick Workbox System this year and LOVE it! For those of you who don't know what it is, its not a curriculum, but an organization system. I'll do my best to explain it to you, but Sue does a better job on her website, so you can look there for a video demonstration of how to set it up! My setup is a bit different than what Sue Patrick recommends, but I really believe you can modify the system to suit your needs. I recommend her book, it has a lot of great ideas and teaching philosophies as well as a free typing program which we love! Here's an overview of how we use our workboxes. I really can't say enough about the workbox system! Its totally revolutionized how we do school! I can't imagine trying to organize 3 different grade levels without them! Here's a photo of what my setup looks like: Side Note: I have to say I like the workboxes separating the kids, seems to help them focus. I got these workboxes at JoAnn's during a 50% off sale, you … [Read more...]

NOV
02
2009

Small Space Workboxes!

Someone on the Yahoo Workboxes group shared these cool wall hanging space organizers!I've had lots of questions as to where I got my boxes (mine are from JoAnns) and lots of people saying they don't have a lot of space. I took a look at these and have to say that they look like a great alternative to regular workboxes and they're only $8.49 at Amazon! Check em out here! Space Place Classroom Organizer.You'd need a seperate location for large items that wouldn't fit in these pockets, but you could easily make cards for the pockets, then have the item ready for kids to grab next to their desk.For more info on my workboxes click here to see how ours are set up! … [Read more...]

JUL
30
2009

Jumpin’ on the Workbox Band Wagon!

The Workbox SystemYep, you got it, I'm jumpin' in both feet. I figure if I'm going to try something, I'd better go for it, otherwise what's the point, right? Seriously, I really think this is going to revolutionize how we do homeschool ... seriously...and if nothing else, it will satisfy my intense need for order and organization. And if all else fails, there's always ebay right? But seriously, I'm committed.So let's go fill our boxes! Here's some idea's (other than core curriculum) I've found searching around the internet:Screws, tees, styrafoam, hammer, screwdriver (they'll figure it out)Cottonballs and chopsticks, 2 paper plates (have them move the cotton balls from one plate to the other using the chopsticks, good for motorskills!)Poster centers (see sue patricks site for more info here)Magnet CenterScience CenterArt CenterFile folder gamesMusic timeComputer timeColor boxes(put color instruct child to take box and find things that color to put in it)Snack card with recipe for older … [Read more...]