What Are Workboxes?

I am so excited! There has been a great deal of buzz lately about this new system for organizing your home school. The Workbox System was created by Sue Patrick. You can read more about it here…

http://www.workboxsystem.com

I have been reading with much interest. I have discussed the system with our support teacher and our occupational therapist and both agree that it would work very nicely for Elisha and all the children. We have tried schedules before and not had much success because our “time watcher” would fall apart if something disrupted the schedule. The Workbox System will give us a schedule that is not tied to a clock. The Workbox System will give him and all the kids a chance to work at their own pace on some activities and hopefully create little pockets of time for me to work with everyone individually.

There is a yahoo group for the Workbox System. I have been receiving a great deal of mail from them lately and it has been very interesting to read. There are some excellent discussions happening with specific help and ideas for implementing the Workbox System into your homeschool. You can join the yahoo group here –

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/workboxes/

I don’t remember exactly how I heard about the Workbox System. I do know that it kind of happened all at once and then exploded. I was hooked from the first time I heard about it. The more I heard, the more I was intrigued and inspired. There are many blogs with pictures of how the families are using the Workbox System. You can check them out here…

A Mother’s Journal

Our Lives

Boys, School, and Fun… Lots of Fun

Building My House

The Snail’s Trail

Sweet Simplicity

Walking By The Way

Joyful Mother of 6 Children

Ginger-Snap-Shots

Color Me Orange

Our Life Song

The Work of Childhood

When searching out the Workbox System, I wanted to see what else was out there. I do plan on purchasing the book (The Workbox System) – I just haven’t sat down to order it yet. Here are some ideas that are similar to the Workbox System. They can also be used to give you ideas of what to put in your Workbox System.

Tasks Developed During Teacch Training

(this one is a complete GOLD MINE of ideas)

Workjobs or Shoebox Tasks

(here is another site with a wealth of ideas)

Shoebox Tasks

(more great examples)

Folder Tasks

(some great file folder activities)

Room 5 Ideas

(scroll down to where it says Work Tasks – lots of great photos)

Workjob Samples

(another excellent selection of ideas)

Tools for Tots

(an excellent collection of ideas)

Another idea that I looked at was learning tubs and centers that could easily adapt to the homeschool environment. Here are some of those resources that I found around the web.

Hubbard’s Cupboard

(ABC Centers)

Hubbard’s Cupboard

(Math Tubs)

Mrs. McDowell

(Literacy Boxes)

Our School Family

(Literacy Centers)

Literacy Stations at Work

(some ideas of how they work in a classroom setting, but they could be adapted)

Pre K Literacy

(ABC Centers)

Pre K Math

(excellent math ideas – just click on something in the list and a page opens up with activities and pictures)

Math Tub Fun

(this one totally rocks)

Here are some other excellent resources that I have been gathering for when I start to use the Workbox System. They may be useful to you also.

Homeschool Share

Montessori Materials

Homeschool Helper

Games to Make

(this is an absolutely awesome website)

Lapbook Lessons

File Folder Fun

Byte Sized Physics

I am so excited and I can’t wait to start the Workbox System in our homeschool. To finish off this year, I will be using banker’s boxes. I only have 17 boxes for three children. I was thinking that I could simply put two activities into each box and include more things on the schedule strip. Today is my birthday and I think I would like to spend it getting ready for the last month of school. It would be nice to finish out this year with a bang.

I am so very excited about NEXT YEAR that it is hard to focus on the rest of this school year. We will be using Sonlight for the first time and lots of cool new materials.We have to wait for our materials to come (I have not ordered yet) so we might as well test out the Workbox System while we are waiting.

Please leave a comment if you are workboxing or have a resource that you would like to see added to this post.

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