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)
- Bible Reading/ Bible verses (Handwriting)
- Bible lapbook
- Snacktime/ Flashcards
- Homophone game
- Phonics flip chart/ Phonic Worksheets
- David read aloud/Christopher read aloud
- 20 minutes on trampoline
- Computer time- spelling
- Listen to Abraham Lincoln story, add Abe to timeline, copywork from biography
- Write a letter to army guy in our church.
- 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 too. Click 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.
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