I first heard of workboxes about a year and half ago and it seemed like a fun way to present lessons to the children as well as a great way to organize our materials and learning time. The creator of the Workbox System is Sue Patrick and she created the system when her son was diagnosed with Autism as a way to structure his day and promote independence. Sue began workboxes with her own children when they were 18 months old and has since taught her system to many homeschool families with children of all ages and learning needs. Her book is called Sue Patrick's Workbox System A User's Guide. Google her website by typing in workbox system (I could not properly link to it--sorry).
Here are a few reasons Sue cites in her book for using workboxes:
- to provide structure
- to provide a clear and visual presentation of the child's work
- to present your expectations
- to provide fun and interesting materials
- to promote independence
|Our system with our morning folders in box one.|
Preparing for this post, I re-read Sue's book (get it, it is worth it) and it refreshed me for some new planning ideas to further implement her system. I would like to add in more review using posters and try removing the boxes from the rack as they are completed. Last year we did not remove the boxes and I wonder if removing them would promote a since of accomplishment and mastery in the children.
On the topic of using the boxes as review, I created a lot of file folder games using Evan Moore Take It To Your Seat Centers and file folders games. I used the following sites to make the games :
|Evan-Moore books and folders I made from the books.|
|Some of the file folder games we enjoy.|
Here a few helpful blogs that started it all for me:
Comprehensive Review Of The Workbox System.
Happy planning and enjoy the journey!