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Workboxes

I have not done a workbox post for a very long time. Too long. We are easing in to a new way of doing workboxes and I have not figured it all out yet. What I can tell you is that the kids have crates now. The bottom shelf is missing from the picture above (it contains my mama crate and Zion’s crate).

Right now the crates are acting as a storage bin for each child’s work, but I want them to be so much more. I am scouring through the Workbox Blogroll to see the ways other mamas are modifying their systems to work for them, hoping for something to truly inspire me.

Workbox Blogroll

Here are some mamas who used crates for the workboxes system at least at some point (and some may still be using them):

I am not married to the crates, but I have them and I would like to give them a good try because they fit our space (aka lack of space) nicely. Now that we have taken a little break from the Workbox System and rearranged our main working room a million times, I am ready to revisit workboxes with our family.

And…

I am really excited.

What are you using for your workboxes?
What are you putting in your workboxes?
How are you using workboxes with your special needs children?

Workbox Weekly

This is what we have been up to this week…

We spent most of the week outside in the yard because the weather has been so nice. The kids really enjoyed digging in the dirt.

Hosanna discovered worms. She would walk around holding them and trying to kiss them.

I didn’t get around to setting up the boxes, so that post will have to wait until another week. The kids were just having too much fun outside. The boys found a caterpillar and made a bug jar. They have been having fun watching it and Jonah took these awesome pictures.

What I thought I would share this week is a list of fun spring things to put on cards and throw in your workboxes. I am sure you will find something in this list for your family. I would love to hear what you would add to the list. Leave me a note in the comments.

  1. Compare seeds and make a graph.
  2. Dig in the dirt and look for worms.
  3. Plant some seeds in the garden.
  4. Look for insects and make a bug jar.
  5. Make a terrarium.
  6. Spend some time weeding the garden.
  7. Identify leaves or plants in your garden.
  8. Create a nature bucket for play outside.
  9. Have some fun with a water sensory bucket.
  10. Read a book about spring, plants, insects, etc.

What spring things are in your workboxes this week?

I am linking this post up with What’s In The Box Wednesday.

Workbox Weekly

Welcome! I am so glad to have you visiting here today. Have you visited the Workbox Blogroll yet? Are you listed over there? The Workbox Blogroll is a list of homeschool mamas who have incorporated the Workbox System (by Sue Patrick) into their homeschooling. Leave me a note in the comments if you are not listed on the Workbox Blogroll.

I purchased Sue Patrick’s Workbox system last fall and for me, I am glad that I bought it. It was a very quick and easy read, but it gave information about the reasons behind her method. I don’t agree with everything that she has to say, but I can relate to a lot of what she wrote in there (as a mom of a special needs child) and she has some very good ideas.

We started workboxes last summer and had a blast (they really “worked for us”), but we have taken a break from workboxes because we rearranged the way we were doing school (and we love the new system) and then we rearranged the school room (which is also the living room, dining room, and family room). We moved all of the cabinets from one side of the room to the other (well, my husband moved them – yeah for him, he is awesome!). So, the cabinets have been moved and everything is in roughly the same spot inside of them. I just need to re-evaluate how we need the workbox system to work for our family. Their is no point using the system if it does not work for our family (or yours).

In the interest of working the workboxes back into our school (and making them “work for us again”), I am revisiting the things that inspired me in the first place. One of my first views of workboxes was these beautiful fabric covered cereal boxes over on A Mother’s Journal.  I absolutely loved them. I continued on to read the blogs mentioned in her post (you should too!) and do my own extensive research, which resulted in the Workbox Blogroll. I also went on to write several posts about the Workbox System and I wish that I could share them with you, but they were lost in the major server crash of 2009.

There are so many different ways that people have set up their workboxes, here are just a few examples:

We have used magazine holders as our workboxes and they were kept behind closed cabinet doors because we have almost 2 year old twins. The twins will be sharing a Tot Basket which you can read more about if you like. This picture was taken before we rearranged the school room. These are the boxes that I will be setting up again this coming week.

I would love to hear what “works for you” about your workboxes, please leave me a note in the comments.

I am linking this post up with Wednesday Workbox Day and What’s In The Box Wednesday and Works For Me Wednesday.

Workbox Blogroll Update

The Workbox Blogroll is up and running again! I was so thankful that it was an easier transfer than I thought it would be. I had to change the format a bit, but hopefully it will make it more functional for you. Have fun checking through all the workbox blogs for inspiration. There are over 170 blogs listed now. Are you on the list?

At the bottom of the Workbox Blogroll is a list of workbox related yahoo groups where you can get even more resources and information.