As I made plans for our new 4 day/week homeschool schedule, I perused many posts about Sue Patrick’s workbox system and the many modifications homeschoolers have devised. The original system which includes a rack or cart and 12 shoe box-sized bins for each student won’t work in our small space and the need to fill 12 bins every night and require both girls to go through them doesn’t allow as much freedom as I’d like in our day. However, I do want a system that allows M to see what work she needs to get done each day and to work through it independently if I’m busy with C or with housework.
My favorite of the inspired-by-workboxes systems is the one devised by Amy at Earlybird Homeschool using one large plastic bin per student and plastic envelopes. I adapted it for us by leaving off the numbering system and simply labeling the envelopes with the subject and a “work together” label if it is something that needs to be done with me. I used self-adhesive velcro dots for the labels. I was able to find all my supplies at Target.
I fill M’s bin with the day;s work in various subjects, phonics, math, grammar, latin, history, science, logic, etc and some fun activities that are new or that she hasn’t used in awhile. I’m thinking of adding a “required” label for those envelopes that must be completed in a given day vs the for-fun or for-when-you’re-bored suggested activities. For now, C’s bin is filled with activities for her to do while I’m working with M and a folder with alphabet coloring sheets or games for us to play.