The Back to School Edition!
We’re right smack dab in the middle of our third week of homeschool. The kids don’t mind going back to school in the middle of July since it’s 135 degrees outside.
And they know that they are going to get the entire month of December off!
I’m back to tell you that I DON’T KNOW HOW I FUNCTIONED WITHOUT IT! The Workbox system was developed by a gal named Sue Patrick. (I understand that she’s speaking at the Heart of the Matter Online Home Education Conference.) You can customize it to fit any type curriculum, and can use bins, drawers, or envelopes.
I found these 7 drawer (12×12) carts on wheels and got one for each of my girls. I use each of the drawers for their 6 school subjects plus one for Bible Study. I include in each drawer everything that they will need for that subject. So no more running around the house searching for a ruler, a dictionary, or the duct tape to keep one small younger brother in one place.
Oh, I kid about the duct tape. Sort of.
I also got the girls light weight 4′ adjustable folding tables (from Sam’s Club for about $30), so they can set up their work area in different areas of the house. And that frees up the kitchen table FOR ME! (Insert maniacal laughter.) Emme has taken to doing her work underneath her table.
They are moving through each “workbox” at their own pace, and are enjoying a good deal more independence. I’ve noticed Cailey’s work ethic has improved HUGELY with this new system. She now sees what work she has accomplished, and what she has left to do. And she keeps her workspace VERY TIDY.
Color me surprised.
I think we’re off to a wonderful start. And I still have LOTS of Extra Strength Excedrin left in the bottle.
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