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Workbox System Update..

Posted by: justakrazymom on: September 28, 2009

So it’s been nearly 2 months since we started with Workboxes..and I’ve made a few changes, tweaked a few things , removed and added..you get the idea. I’ve customized this for our use!

Let’s see..we’ve ditched the various work with mom and help cards.. the kids know what stuff they can do independently and they know what they need me for..the cards caused undo stress on such young kids!

I’ve added in orange boxes ..seen here:

in those orange boxes are all the items we cover as a group. History:

lapbooks:

science, geography etc.. anything both “older” kids do together will be in the orange boxes. There is 6 boxes, but like today only 5 are filled. We start the day with the orange boxes. When those are done the kids get a 15 minute snack break before they move on to their own boxes.

Now the biggest change in their own boxes is I now place in a portfolio ( 2 pockets with 3 hole punched space too) enough of their everyday subjects for a whole week. So , for example, in Declan’s #1 box is his Math and in the portfolio folder is all lessons/practice sheets for the whole week. I did this so I only have to change out the fun boxes and the rotating subjects every day..this saves me an unreal amount of time!

Now see the small stacks of their individual boxes?>

Declan now has a max of 9 alone, Ziah 6 alone. Today Declan has 8 filled and Ziah has all 6 Plus her Hooked on Phonics, which is always her first activity with me. Taejan’s haven’t changed!

See below for the complete set-up..

My Workbox System ( edited)

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I recently learned about then purchased the ebook for Sue Patrick’s Workbox System. I read the book, looked at other blogs with samples of them..then gleaned what I wanted and did my own. Now I varied from Sue’s idea..which based on the tone of the book I can say she would not like..but I am a tweaker.. I like to make things my own, get what works for me and toss out the rest..so that’s what I did. So I am off to show you in every detail what I did for my 3 kids..enjoy. Oh I also must say when I saw one example of this I thought of it as micro managing.. which I won’t do to my kids.. but once I saw other more relaxed approaches to this system I saw the real benefits!

This first set if for my 7.5 year old who is on a late 2nd grade early 3rd grade level in most subjects.

My version of The WorkBox System.. each is loaded with assignments,games etc..all the needed items to complete the work. Declan will pull a box, do all the work, place it all back in , remove the number and put it on the assignment strip. the box will then get put on the floor and he will move on to the next box.

My version of The WorkBox System.. each is loaded with assignments,games etc..all the needed items to complete the work. Declan will pull a box, do all the work, place it all back in , remove the number and put it on the assignment strip. the box will then get put on the floor and he will move on to the next box.

The assignment strips.. the numbers from each box get removed from the box when the work is done and placed on this.

The assignment strips.. the numbers from each box get removed from the box when the work is done and placed on this. Also with break,snack and bike riding cards on them. they will help split up his day.

His Help Please cards..he will be given a few each day to use, extra work with mom cards and a chapter book for use when he gets done, needs my help and has to wait etc..

His “Help Please” cards..he will be given a few each day to use, extra work with mom cards and a chapter book for use when he gets done, needs my help and has to wait etc..

Heres his 12 boxes loaded for tomorrow.  Box 1.. Math u See lesson papers, DVD,pencil and head phones..the laptop will be available for use on his work station when schooling begins.

Here’s his 12 boxes loaded for tomorrow. Box 1.. Math u See lesson papers, DVD,pencil and head phones..the laptop will be available for use on his work station when schooling begins.

Box 2.. Map skills..crayons and a pencil .

Box 2.. Map skills..crayons and a pencil .

Box 3.. his LLATL lesson sheets, reader,pencil and a Work with mom card.

Box 3.. his LLATL lesson sheets, reader,pencil and a Work with mom card.

Box 4 his Non fiction reading ,a pencil and note telling him what lesson to do.

Box 4 his Non fiction reading ,a pencil and note telling him what lesson to do.

Box 5.. Wordly wise, a pencil, a work with mom card( just to start him in the lesson) and a note with what lesson.

Box 5.. Wordly wise, a pencil, a work with mom card( just to start him in the lesson) and a note with what lesson.

Box 6... math bingo game

Box 6… math bingo game

Box 7... spelling book ,pencil and a note with what lesson.

Box 7… spelling book ,pencil and a note with what lesson.

Box 8.. his Astronomy text book,notebooking pages, a pencil, crayons and work with mom card.

Box 8.. his Astronomy text book,notebooking pages, a pencil, crayons and work with mom card.

Box 9..his nature journal and colored pencils..he knows to go outside and find something in nature he wants to draw.

Box 9..his nature journal and colored pencils..he knows to go outside and find something in nature he wants to draw.

Box 10.. History..test book, pencil, notebook,assignment note and work with mom card.

Box 10.. History..test book, pencil, notebook,assignment note and work with mom card.

Box 11.. his Draw Write Now book, his notebook, colored pencils and a pencil ( the work with mom card shouldnt be there)

Box 11.. his Draw Write Now book, his notebook, colored pencils and a pencil ( the work with mom card shouldn’t be there)

Box 12..end of the day journal ,pencil and crayons.

Box 12..end of the day journal ,pencil and crayons.

Ok..so that’s Declan’s set up.. it will change as different subjects are needed to be done. I will load this every day after school or at night. It may seem like a lot of work..but it will save me a ton during the actual school day since everything is right there. I am also currently laminating more Learning Centers and File Folder games for his “boxes”.

On to Jadziah’s. She’s 5.5 and working on a late Kindergarten early 1st grade level. She has 9 “boxes” instead of 12 because Art,Music, History and Science are done with Declan and her supplies, for now, will be in with his.

Jadziahs assignment grid.. her break,snack and bike time cards are all placed so as she completes a few boxes she gets to do something.

Jadziah’s assignment grid.. her break,snack and bike time cards are all placed so as she completes a few boxes she gets to do something.

Her Help please and work with mom cards along with a book for her to read/look at if she needs to fill her time while she waits for me.

Her Help please and work with mom cards along with a book for her to read/look at if she needs to fill her time while she waits for me.

Box 1.. her sight word book, a pencil and a work with mom card.

Box 1.. her sight word book, a pencil and a work with mom card.

Box 2.. a sight word file folder game.

Box 2.. a sight word file folder game.

Box 3. Explode the Code book, a pencil and a work with mom card.

Box 3. Explode the Code book, a pencil and a work with mom card.

Box 4 .. her nature journal and a box of crayons.

Box 4 .. her nature journal and a box of crayons.

Box 5.. a Leap Pad book and cartridge. The Leap Pad doesnt fit BUT the schoolroom is set up so getting up to get the leap pad is easy.

Box 5.. a Leap Pad book and cartridge. The Leap Pad doesn’t fit BUT the schoolroom is set up so getting up to get the leap pad is easy.

Box 6..Math U See lessons sheets,DVD, headphones, a pencil and a Work with Mom card. The blocks dont fit but again she has very easy access to them.

Box 6..Math U See lessons sheets,DVD, headphones, a pencil and a Work with Mom card. The blocks don’t fit but again she has very easy access to them.

Box 7..a Sight Words matching game.

Box 7..a Sight Words matching game.

Box 8.. handwriting sheets and a pencil.

Box 8.. handwriting sheets and a pencil.

Box 9.. Her end of the day journal, a pencil and crayons.

Box 9.. Her end of the day journal, a pencil and crayons.

Next up is Taejan. he will be 4 in a month and is basically just learning about life as he goes. I set his up because , as anyone with wee ones knows, they want to so the same things as their older siblings. He has 5 boxes and I have hopes this will help keep him from being so distracting when the other 2 are doing schoolwork.

Taejans workboxes.( hes almost 4) Heres his assignment strip, his extra need help and work with mom cards and a book to read.

Taejan’s workboxes.( he’s almost 4) Here’s his assignment strip, his extra need help and work with mom cards and a book to read.

Box 1. Glue,a paper plate and 2 sizes of each color pom pom and a work with mom card. We will do some matching and sequencing with these then he can glue the heck out of them!

Box 1. Glue,a paper plate and 2 sizes of each color pom pom and a work with mom card. We will do some matching and sequencing with these then he can glue the heck out of them!

Box 2.. a bunch of paperclips and a work with mom card..I will set him up with the task of making a paperclip necklace.

Box 2.. a bunch of paperclips and a work with mom card..I will set him up with the task of making a paperclip necklace.

Box 3.. water colors ,paint brush and paper.

Box 3.. water colors ,paint brush and paper.

Box 4 a Letter sort File folder game

Box 4 a Letter sort File folder game

Box 5 a tanagram type activity.  he has only 5 boxes but I think that is enough to make him feel like he is doing lessons and such like the bigger kids!

Box 5 a tanagram type activity. he has only 5 boxes but I think that is enough to make him feel like he is doing lessons and such like the bigger kids!

Now I am certain I will tweak and change, and adjust and reorder..that’s just me. This system will force me to be prepared, to not waste time during our school day finding things, getting ready etc. I am also confident that I will have a much easier time doing the “easy to not bother with” tasks and subjects..we all have ones that we don’t enjoy so we can skip cus it’s easier. Another note..we are busy..not a day goes by where we don’t have 1,2 or 5 things to do. Often we start lessons and then have to leave… we return and well.. we don’t always get back. I feel seeing a pile of boxes on the floor and the rest stacked will help us get back to finish our work, and that we can not get to can be moved to the first boxes for the next day.

I don’t really do lesson plans, I know what I need/want to do..but writing plans..not my thing. I do intend to log what we’ve done so I can be sure we fit everything in over the course of each week. Also I am going to start “Workbox Wednesday”..i will post various pictures of what they had in their boxes..I hope any fellow Workbox uses will do the same!

I am already getting feedback..here’s a question i was asked and my reply:

Q. So will they do the boxes top to bottom, or in any order they’d like? How do the “work with Mom” cards work – do they just bring them to you when they’re ready?

A. They will finish them in order starting with 1. The work with mom cards are in the boxes that require me to work with them..this lets them know this. The Help Please cards are given to them at the start of school.. they can use one if they need me to help with an independent box.. not many are given so they can learn to problem solve and work on their own whenever possible.

10 Responses to "Workbox System Update.."

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I love your “group” workboxes! I am going to get to work on that today! We always do group activities first and that is a great idea to have all of that in workboxes too! Thanks for the idea! Keep them coming:)!
Clauida
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I love how you’ve tweaked your system.

I am loving the changes you have made. The group workboxes make so much sense. I may have to add some to my own classroom!

Your system looks great!

I love the idea of the group workboxes. We do so much together that I might implement this just to keep me organized in what I’m suppose to be doing each day! LOL! Added this link to the following article: http://www.squidoo.com/workboxes

I made a few minor changes to ours recently, too. I think your changes are really good ones.

THank you so much for the ideas and pictures you’ve shared… good luck and hope I can do even 3 things you suggested. I am a single mom for a 5yr old girl.

Where did you get all the different colored drawers and sizes? I’ve only been able to find clear, but I really like the colors.

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