Sunday, July 10, 2011

My "workbox" version

Okay, so I've discovered that for homeschooling families, there has been this HUGE trend in "workboxes". The original idea and information can be found here, but families all over the globe are taking the idea and making it their own in creative and practical ways.  I'm planning to homeschool my preschoolers this fall, but I thought I'd use some summer time to develop a system that works for us and then to work out the kinks so that we can be super productive this fall!  Here's what I've got in the works so far:

Here is Peanut's work for tomorrow.  It includes 3 Envelopes containing 1.  a clock for working on telling time.  2.  part of a puzzle in which she will have to match the numbered pieces with the pieces with the corresponding number of dots.  3.  a sequencing worksheet in which she will put the cut-out picture pieces in order and glue them to the worksheet.  They each have a "believe" bag which I will use to put a Bible activity; for Peanut today it's a little prayer book.  I also included a sticker scene that they both are working on

Here is Peanut's Work Bucket all put together.  I have no idea why Blogger insists on turning some of my photos sideways even though they're not sideways when I "select" them!  Grrrr......

Here is Punkin's work for the day.  1.  A letter-writing worksheet that he needs to finish.  2.  A "which one is different" worksheet.  3.  Alpha tiles:  he will use his uppercase alphatiles to spell the lowercase words written on the card.  4.  A clock for practicing telling time.  Also, I included a Noah book in his "believe" bag and his picnic sticker scene to finish.

Peanut's workbucket!

The Book Nook is equipped with some Hi Five magazines and some great little animal paperbacks that came in our Chick-Fil-A kid's meals a while back.

This is my Montessori-inspired area, a little bookshelf with 9 different activities.  These are by no means official Montessori activities, but the idea of having an area with manipulatives that were within easy sight and reach of the children to be able to use, was the Montessori-like idea here.  This is the first shelf with puzzles for each of the kids, magnetic numbers, and another magnet board for making shapes out of the provided pieces.

Here's what's on the second shelf:  a bucket of toy nuts and bolts for screwing practice, a bucket of lacing activities, and button snakes (practice buttoning and unbuttoning).

And on the 3rd shelf (aka the floor) is a basket of fact cards, a box of Easter eggs (my kids LOVE to play with these!), and our flower box.  I provide a variety of small planting containers, and the kids use the dry peas as a pot-filler and add the flower stems of their choosing...they LOVE to do this, and it's time to undo the 4th of July flower arrangements.  They are allowed to put these ANYWHERE in the house that they choose.  We're always working on making the house look nicer, and this is one way that they feel that they can help decorate and add to the beauty of our home.

This is the whole set-up!  We tried this once last week, and it worked like a charm!  The kids were so excited when they came into the playroom to find these things ready for them first thing in the morning, and they couldn't wait to get started on their activities!

Well, that's all from this newbie homeschooling momma!  Any feedback would be much appreciated!  Have a happy Monday everyone!


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