Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Workbox

This is going to be a pretty quick and visual post. This is just a sampling of some of a day in the life of our workboxes. The first set of photos is for my 8 year old.

Box #1 - Bible Copywork/Journaling

Box #2 - Review worksheet - yes, I know...twaddle

Box #3 - super cool Flip Over Math (I usually give her a couple of pages at a time)

Box #4 - I read her Grammar Land hence the "Work with Mom" tag. This was one of Homeschool Freebie of the Day's little jewels. You gotta love that site.

Box #5 This is Me Journal with prompts (that I printed off the computer, cut into strips, and put in a recycled plastic jar).

Box #6 - Spelling Power - another Work with Mom item

Box #7 - Times Tales - Yes, ANOTHER Work With Mom (trust me we usually don't have more than about 2/day)

Box #8 - A book for her to read silently/independently.

Box #9 - Write 2 Letters to 2 different people.

On to 6 year old's boxes...

Box #1 - Bible Copywork/Journaling

Box #2 - 10 minutes worth of Brain Quest deck

Box #3 - This is Me Journal entry

Box #4 - Math (Money) worksheets

Box #5 Food your answers

Box #6 - Silent/Independent Reading

Box #7 - Sketch about what you just read

Box #8 - Spelling manipulative with bathtub letters

Box #9 - Letter writing time

Whew! And we're done! This works for us!


Hadley said...

thanks for the pictures! I'm always looking for workbox activities!

Courtney said...

i plan on homeschooling in the future and think this is great! i think even if people had this for brain learning that is a great idea!!

~Maria said...

I notice you are doing 9 boxes right now. Are you just starting with 9 and going to work to 12 or do you think 9 is enough for now? I am going to be starting with my 5 year old soon and I thought about even starting with just 6 boxes, 12 seems like SO MANY!

Laura Lou said...

This is such a fab idea--I only wish I had the space for 'em!!

Dena said...

Very cool idea! (And I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to see Times Tales - I'm one of the partners) :-)

Jessica said...

What a great idea! Is this your "curriculum" or the outline of your day? This is the first I've heard of Workboxes. And what's the deal with 9 vs. 12 boxes. Just curious!

Daisy said...

Just discovered your blog through Wasted Textbooks.

I love this idea. I may have to put something like this together for next year.

Are you enjoying Boy of the Pyramids? It is one of our read-alouds for next year (Ancients).

Mozer said...

Love all your ideas and photos.

Gingerbread Mommy said...

just happened upon your blog while wondering what workboxes are... i am impressed. you are very creative. i decided to follow you, and i can't wait to see what else you do during your homeschooling days!

Shannon said...

Love seeing your workboxes in action! Thanks for all the great ideas...I like how you popped a timer into one of the boxes.
We just started using the boxes two weeks ago, and I can't believe how they've transformed our homeschool.
I just blogged about them yesterday, and I'd like to include a link to your workbox post if it's O.K.

Christian said...

This is the first I have heard of workboxes, you should expand on this in a future post (you know, in all your spare time!), I did see some stuff at the contest you linked to...are you entering these workbox ideas...I really like the letter writing box.

Christian said...

How long have you been workboxing? I really wanna know more about this, do you let your kids do it at their leisure?

Chari said...

I really enjoyed a look into your drawers. That sounds funny. :)

Seriously, though...I appreciate that.

Granola said...

I love that you showed what's inside your drawers. Thank you. We will be starting the system this next school year and I have a new 6 year old so that was especially helpful (we'll be using Heart of Dakota). I'm in the process of searching for number strips and other ideas. And even though I've read Sue's book I'm still trying to wrap my brain around how to actually do it. I wrote down your timer and letter writing ideas on my list of activities. Thanks again!