Wednesday, May 12, 2010

End of the Workboxes

Just like alot of homeschoolers I was swept up in the workbox revolution. We did workboxes for almost a year. But, alas, all things must come to an end. Grace will be starting 6th grade in the fall and it just seems a little young for her. As well as the fact that there aren't many hands on things that we put in the workboxes anymore. The workboxes never really accomplished what I wanted them too, which was, help her work more independently. She still had me go over to each box and get out the next assignment. So about two weeks ago the workboxes went away. Of course I still had 12 shoe boxes that needed a home, so we decided to use them for art supplies. Has worked out wonderfully. Now I write out everything she needs to do on a piece of paper for that day. Starting in the late summer Grace will be doing her science completely on her own and if I can get the money together to purchase Teaching Textbooks that will be added to the independent list. In History I have started assigning one book of her own to read and I will still read a different book about the same time period aloud. Spelling, cursive and dictation will be independent also. Composer study, artist study, literature, poetry, and art lessons will be done together.


The Zoo Keeper said...

I'm going to try a crate w/ hanging files for each child. Each hanging file will be for each day of the week....let's see that's 20 hanging files and 4 crates. We'll see how that works for the first few months.

argsmommy said...

I did the hanging file thing for my 6th grader for ONE day this year. She loved it because I broke up her normal subjects with something fun, like baking. But I had a hard enough time getting the workboxes done for the younger two that I decided she didn't really need the files. : )

mommyx12 said...

Okay this is new for me. What are work boxes? I've never heard of them before but it all sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane, just wanted to thank you for your condolences. It is not at all trite! I so appreciated your kind words. Thank you.
PS loved your green hour challenge post.