I am a big supporter of homeschool workboxes and have been for a long time. However, within the last few months, I noticed I was spending a lot of time deciding what to put in 9 to 12 boxes each day. School was becoming a huge chore for me and the children were rarely getting through their work. It was just too much.
Now, I know that Sue Patrick believes the workboxes should be done in a very specific way, but I feel that you should use the idea to fit your family. With that disclaimer out there, here is how we are doing out homeschool workboxes now…
Gone are the bookcases. They have been put to use elsewhere. And, the boxes I was using were a perfect way to organize all my homeschool craft supplies. Now, I use a 3-Drawer Rolling Organizer. The children each have their own drawer and on the front is a workcard, attached with a Velcro dot.
The workcard has six spaces which is plenty of room for my young learners. They might need more spots as they grow but for now, it works really well and the timing is perfect.
I have a series of numbers and also cards for allowing the children to pick something from the homeschool closet, going outside, visiting our home library, cooking, cleaning their rooms, and more.
Each workcard and the corresponding “buttons” are laminated and attached with Velcro. (You can find the link for the free printables below.)
I placed the opposite side of the Velcro dots on manila file folders and the workbooks. Worksheets go into folders and a bookmark marks where I want the children to work in the workbooks.
As the children complete an assignment, they place the workcard button back on the card. If they come to a spot that has an activity already placed, then the children know to move to that project and then return to the card when they are done. Sometimes, if the activity is something that I know they will become very absorbed with, I set a Time Tracker timer in order to keep our morning moving.
This updated workbox system takes just a few minutes to prepare each morning and is less frustrating for me AND the children.