We use the Workbox System by designed Sue Patrick to structure our school day. Homeschooling is so much easier I almost feel guilty.Our homeschool day flows without complaints. If you are not familiar with the workbox system see the links at the bottom of this post.
Our children absolutely love moving their workbox cards from workbox to the card. I imagine they get the same sense of accomplishment I get from marking off a checkbox on my “To Do” list. I under-estimated how motivating this simple task has been for them.
There are two ways you can do this. i.e. when they finish they Bible from Box 1 they remove the number “1” or the Bible tag from the box and place it on their workbox card. (Velcro circles are on the cards to make them removable). Then they move on to the next box.
Use the Workbox Blank Boxes as one 8.5 x 11 page laminated or use as three strips held together by king ring.
My boys do so well knowing what expected of them, they have asked for schedule cards for non-school time! Our 8 year -old is an OCD type so this is something I would expect from him but it was my ten year old that asked me to make him a “routine” page for Saturday and Sunday activities. So I made this third set of tags for non-school time. They use a bank box page and these cards to plan their weekends.
Hey, it counts. Life Skills– Don’t wish someone would have taught you to schedule at age 8?
Workboxes Work for Us
As long as I keep up my end–filling the boxes–our homeschool day flows quick and easy. If I don’t fill up the boxes the night before I have the boys read a loud to me while I fill them in the morning. Eventially I hope to only fill boxes once a week. I have a plan I’ll blog about if it works.
I keep finding ways to cut time. This week I realized I can sweep my family room and dining room while I listen to them read. I put flash cards in the 6th box so they can do them while I am preparing lunch.
Download Free Workbox Printables (PDF) ( laminate)
- Workbox Blank Boxes
- Workbox Numbers
- Workbox Subject Tags 1
- Workbox Subject Tags 2
- Workbox Extra Weekend Tags
Are you using workboxes? How is working for your family? If you would like more printables just let me know in the comments.