Are you interested in learning more about workboxes? Read on to learn more about Sue Patrick's workbox system, get ideas for workbox activities, and view pictures and photos of work boxes used by other homeschoolers.
Sue Patrick is a college-educated, homeschool mom who developed the work box system as a structured teaching technique for her autistic son. Although the system is ideal for children with ADD, ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome or other special needs, it is also a wonderful tool for teaching gifted and neurotypical children.
The workbox system can be used with any homeschool curriculum. It involves giving each child 12 boxes that each house an assignment or an activity. Boxes are numbered 1 through 12 and stored on a shoe rack or bookshelf. Students are given a schedule strip that helps them progress through the activities in order.
Using work boxes helps you organize your school day by segmenting schoolwork into manageable pieces so your children learn how to work independently. It also shows you how to present work in a way that is structured, yet visually appealing to children, thus setting the stage for success.
The workbox system is inexpensive, and easy to set up and implement. Many moms report accomplishing more, while facing fewer behavioral problems and learning challenges when using workboxes.
Do you need ideas for filling workboxes? You don't have to limit yourself to filling each box with schoolwork. Some fun and easy workbox activities are books, games, puzzles, worksheets, coloring pages, cutting pages, file-folder games, handwriting sheets, notebooking pages, copywork, poems, art prints, art projects, science projects, math manipulatives, play doh and lacing cards.
Here's where you can find free homeschooling worksheets and printables that you can use.
Once you understand the workbox system, you can adapt it to meet your children's needs. For example, Kari decided to use ice cube bins that she purchased for $1.50, and label them with vinyl mailbox stickers.
She says of her system,
As you can see, they can hold books upright and are roomy enough for games. And because they are plastic, they won't fall apart like magazine holders. They are also compact so I can have plenty of room for when Little Snail gets her own boxes. The numerals were about $1 and they are vinyl mailbox stickers.
Follow this link to read more about Kari's system.
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I love using my Workbox Drawers. The drawers are 12x12 scrapbooking drawers - 3 tier - from Hobby Lobby. They were only $10 for each 3 drawer section. …
Dana uses work pockets to hold her system. These affordable, hanging pockets can be hung behind closed doors so they don't clutter up your schoolroom. …
Milk Crates and Hanging File Folders
For her system, Jodi uses a milk crate for each kid that holds hanging file folders. Follow this link to learn more about Jodi's workboxes, and read …
Julie uses magazine files instead of tubs so all twelve boxes can neatly fit on 2 shelves. She says of the work box system: Work boxes have taken …
Jolanthe's workbox system uses folders instead of bins or tubs in order to save on space. Jolanthe says: While I love the Workbox System and understand …
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