I’ve been reading a lot about Sue Patrick’s workbox system, and the concept is very intriguing. I like the idea of the child knowing what is coming up next in the day, and how much longer the “school day” will last. I haven’t read the book yet, so I’m sure I’m missing a ton of the ideas, but I figure we’re just getting started so I have time to decide before spending the money on it.
I don’t have the space for a shelf with boxes, so after finding lots of different ideas for alternatives on different blogs, I decided to make workbox folders. I found a box that came with 5 legal-sized hanging folders in bright colours at Walmart for 9$..perfect! I got the legal-sized ones so that larger items would fit (actually, I didn’t even see the legal-sized set and thought I’d have to settle for letter-sized..Louis is the one who spotted them!)
I put the folders on Tobi’s school table, and there’s still lots of room for him to work. It’s also nice that if there are days we want to work in the kitchen (or outdoors in the summer), it’s very easy to bring the box with us.
I made up a 4×3 grid on red cardstock, and some 2×2 inch squares on different colours of cardstock with numbers on them, laminated it all, and added velcro. Right now, I only give Tobi 4 tasks in a day, but I made room to expand. Tobi loves to move the numbers to the “stickies” on the front of his box..I had his box all set up for this week before the weekend, and he was going through it all to put the numbers on!
We’ve only been at this for a couple of days, so I can’t really say how well it’ll work in the long run but so far it’s been great. Tobi loves his box and loves to see what’s hiding in the next folder. It’s also been a lot easier to get him interested in doing school time, and we get more done earlier in the day. For example, it’s not quite 10am right now, and Tob’s already done 3 of his tasks (including some time being distracted in between tasks.) Usually we’ve done maybe 1 task by now before he’s too distracted.
I’ll let you know how things work out with this, but right now I’m very pleased with it.
Oh, and has anyone read Sue Patrick’s book? Do you recommend it?