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A Peek into Our Homeschool Day: Workboxes

We are using the Workbox System designed by Sue Patrick. I’ve modified the system to use with our family and the Heart of Wisdom Approach (Bible first/Charlotte Mason/unit study)

In the Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach I suggest families use my approach  like a recipe- adapting to their family’s taste. I think the same workes for the Workbox System.

My favorite part is how the Workbox System works is how it helps the children understand where we are in the school day and how much time is left. No more frustrating “Are we done yet?”

I never realized how frustrating it must be form them not knowing if the school day was going to be one or four hours. Public school children know how long their day will be. Knowing what is expected–getting expectations up front is an important leadership quality (See the The One Minute Manager) necessary for good morale and productivity.

My  set up is temporary. I’m waiting for my parents to bring me drawers from IKEA next month (IKEA won’t ship them). So for now we are using plastic drawers I had on hand and a scrapbook storage cart.

We labeled the boxes with foam soccer and footballs numbers.

I don’t use the “Work with Mom” labels because the majority of our school day is spent together reading aloud, copywork, narration, or lapbooking together.  Some things can be done independently such as phonics, math, computer.

Schedule (not all shown in photos)

  1. Bible Reading/ Bible verses (Handwriting)
  2. Bible lapbook
  3. Snacktime/ Flashcards
  4. Homophone game
  5. Phonics flip chart/ Phonic Worksheets
  6. David read aloud/Christopher read aloud
  7. 20 minutes on trampoline
  8. Computer time- spelling
  9. Listen to Abraham Lincoln story, add Abe to timeline, copywork from biography
  10. Lunch
  11. Write a letter to army guy in our church.
  12. Shut the Box (math game) appropriate for the last workbox 🙂

Here they are prompted to for prayer and Bible time with Mom.  Bible verses for handwriting practice.

Bible verses for handwriting – I make these available to you tooClick here.

Books of the Bible Lapbook

Next box includes phonic flip chart and worksheets.

Next is math practice.

Reading centers are available when I am busy with one child.

The next box just had an index card that said “Civil War unit with mom” Which refered us to the history box. I keep all my unit study materials together in one box. It is easier to refer to the box than unload part of it into their boxes.

This is our science box but they did not have a science time today.

Click here to read Benefits and Overview of  Workbox System

Join in the monthly Workbox Meme

If you are using Workboxes please anwser these 5 questions in the comments, or write”Workbox Update” blog post and share the link in the comments.
How’s it going?
Did you make any changes since your setup?
What would you do differently if you started workboxing today?
What’s your favorite thing about this system?
What’s your least favorite thing.

Are you using workboxes? Have you heard about them?  Did you make any changes since your setup? What’s your favorite thing about this system? Answer in the comments.


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  1. I loved the peek into your day, Robin! Thank you for sharing how you incorporate your philosophy and thanks for all you do for the homeschool community. *Ü*

  2. I’ve heard a lot about these and it makes total sense on how they would be useful and beneficial. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..just for the JOY of it =-.

  3. Those labels are so cute! What a fun idea. My sister is a homeschooler and I know, from what I’ve heard from her, that organization is key! Have a good weekend…
    pk @ Room Remix
    .-= pk´s last blog ..Coffee Table Ideas, Tips and Inspiration =-.

  4. Thanks for coming by our blog today.:) I have actually been to your blog quite a bit to see what workboxes were about. My kids seem to really like them and we truly are getting more done in a day.

  5. Sandra

    Are you still using these plastic drawers or did the IKEA drawers replace it?

  6. I did it! Mine has a preschool twist. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this awesome post. Now doing school saves me time instead of being another thing on our to-do list. My children are always begging me to do school. This article changed my life. :o)


  7. imlovinmyhubby

    I am wondering if anyone has suggestions as to how I could make this work for me and my 6 children. If I had 12 boxes for each child and for myself, in addition to all our other homeschooling books etc., we would have to add a room onto our house! LOL

  8. Check out the Workbox Directory. Several people use files instead. Charts would work as well.

  9. Cristina

    Just curious the name of the shelves you’re using from IKEA. I have an IKEA by my house and would like to check them out.

  10. I am using a few things.
    1) a file box with a fliptop lid. Each subject has it’s own hanging file folder
    I am thinking of numbering these ( attaching with velcro) and then putting the number chart on the front.
    The entire workbook goes in each folder though and child has an assignment page of what to do that day.

    2) a small drawer component-has 3 drawers. One for that week’s DVD’s
    ( we have video lessons) , and the other two are supposed to be for writing, coloring, and cutting utensils.

    3) A sterilte shoe box that stores all the DVD’s for the whole year. DD puts away and pulls out what she needs as the weeks/lessons progress.

    I have found that the file boxes make it much easier to be portable if we need to go on a road trip. She can just take the whole box… can’t do that with drawers on wheels– I WAS considering the drawers though!

  11. Love the reading center idea! 🙂

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