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:
- the traditional way
- cereal boxes
- plastic buckets
- plastic drawers
- plastic crates and plastic crates and more plastic crates
- magazine holders and magazine holders
- envelopes in buckets
- book pouches and crates
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.