I have decided to use workboxes for my Preschool and Kindergartener this year, and I am SO excited to have our system finally up and going! They were so excited to get their boxes, too, as you can see from this happy face…
We recently moved, and lost two rooms in the process (our school room and storage/teaching supply room that was the baby’s bedroom too.) This means that our living/dining area is now our school room as well. My husband is a trooper and very supportive of having “school-stuff” in any area of the house, however, I wanted our new space to be as organized and streamlined as possible. Our house is a high traffic area with many visitors any given day of the week, and with a soon-to-be-walking/reaching baby, I needed a portable, self-contained system to house most of our daily “stuff.”
Here is what’s working for us:
The children each have a file box, with ten hanging folders. I didn’t have laminator access the day I was setting up, and remembered Marcy Cook’s quiet tiles. I cut some velcro into 9 tiny squares and attached the rough side to the box. (The tiles are lined in felt, so even if the velcro comes off…say from a velcro obsessed baby sucking on them…they still stick. hehe)
I labeled the folders in this order (1, 2, 3, 4, Snack, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), and put the corresponding tiles inside. Once opened they are easy to tell apart as Levi has blue numbers and Aryelle has pink. However, they had a little trouble the first day figuring out which box belonged to whom, so I surprised them with a special sticker on the front (Star Wars/Princess respectively) for the next day. Amazing what a little sticker can do! hehe
Every morning we start the day with our Calendar Notebooks, then the children go and bring their workbox next to their chair. They open it up and get out their first job. When it is complete they put it back in the correct folder, take out the number tile and stick it on the front of their box. They normally have to do their jobs in order, but I get to veto and change the order if necessary (usually, “Levi, the baby is sleeping, let’s skip ahead and do job #3 (reading) together.”)
Each night, I put any papers, supplies, etc. in their folders for the next day. Any items that are too big for the folders go in a little basket that sits on top of their box. It is so nice to have everything we need right there!
Note: There is a ton of information on the internet regarding Sue Patrick’s workbox system. I have had this filed in my brain ever since reading this post from Carisa at 1+1+1=1, and this from Robin at Heart of Wisdom. The key is making something work for your family!