"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another year with Workboxes!

I can hardly believe we're in our 5th year of homeschooling. It's even better with workboxes. We are now in our 3rd year of using Sue Patrick's Workbox System and we love them still. My does the time fly by. If you would like to read more about how we've incorporated the Workbox System into our homeschooling, click here to read more. I haven't done much to tweak our workboxes this time around. The only thing else different from the original workbox system is we don't have the charts and work centers set up. Here's what's in our workboxes for the 2011-2012 school year:

We start working on our 100-day countdown. 

We'll continue working on the Book of Virtues Unit Study from Shiver Academy.

I'm still teaching my son how to create his own student planner to help with learning about time management, organization, and planning.

For Math, he's still doing Math U See Delta because there were several lessons he was not able to master yet.

For Grammar, we're working on Word Roots A2.

We're still working on book reports with lapbooking from last year. He's still using his blue notebook as his journal for creating his silly stories. He LOVES this!

He's on Sequential Spelling 3 this year.

For Science, we're still working through Apologia Astronomy book and using the lapbook mini books from the yahoo group Notebooking2Learn to make a notebook to go with it.

For Music, we're doing a music unit from schoolexpress.com but will pick back up working any new Instrument Family Units from Joyful Songs.

We're working on the Star-Spangled State Book we started the middle of last school year. After that we'll begin a unit study of countries similar to what we did for the 50 states.

For History, we're doing the Famous Men of Rome Study from Memoria Press. We're still working through Latina Christiana I.

He wanted to learn how to cook so we're working on a Basic Cooking Lapbook from Knowledge Box Central.

We're continuing on with some art lessons from Spears Art

For computer, he's learning the basics of how to write his own computer programs with the Kid Coder Kickstart Series from Homeschool Programming, Inc.

For a fun box activities we're still doing the everyday Idioms, as well as his Highlights For Kids Magazine (for doing some of the fun stuff), different board games (not pictured), and he still loves cutting out the comics from the Sunday newspaper to glue into his notebook that he keeps all his favorite comics in.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we're learning this year. Feel free to share with us what you do with your workboxes :-)


Anonymous said...

Exactly how does it work.
I basically get his work written up for the week Sunday night,then put in a new plastic box I got where the dish drains are,and the night before I put his books in it.

Growing In God's Wisdom said...

The workbox system is designed to help the student (and mom) stay organized and on task. The creator originally used it with her autistic child but it is adaptable for anyone and any age.

If the boxes are filled with their work (& needed supplies) each night or the morning before it's time to do work it helps the child know what's coming up next. Aspie kids (& others) benefit greatly from knowing what's next and how long they have until they have completed their work for that day.

The boxes are to be done in order and helps them "see" when they are close to completion for the day. This keeps a flow and cuts down on anxiety. Just Google workboxes and you'll see ALL kinds of blogs out there using workboxes in different ways. ~HTH~

Anonymous said...

I guess that basically what we have been doing, I put the next days work in a box,so he knows what he has to do that day.Then that night i get all the stuff out Jacob needs for the next days schooling..
It has been working out, I keep a spiral on what needs to be done that day,and he has been real good following it...

Growing In God's Wisdom said...

Oh okay. I guess the only difference would be that the system is set up using 12 different boxes each day instead of 1 like you're doing. Each box is designated to it's own subject or activity. Special needs kids need this type of setup. Lumping together in one box will be confusing for them. You'd have to read her e-book for a more detailed explanation. We only do 10 boxes each day because 12 is too many for us. That's great to hear you have found what works for him :)

Anonymous said...

He tends to get to it alot faster in the mornings, there has even been times he has started before i get out of bed lol

Anonymous said...

dropping in to say Hi :)

Anonymous said...

I got momma a cool cake with zebra print on it :)

Growing In God's Wisdom said...

Cool...I bet she's enjoying it too with lots of ice cream on top :0)

Linda said...

I am continually amazed at families who seem so organized and prepared. I have one child, and manage to keep up with what my child does in school daily. I am fortuante to have a curriculum that does the plannig for me, otherwise who knows what my mess would look like. Anyway, just tipping my hat to you and your organization!
Homeschooling 1 child for 4 years with Time4Learning!

Growing In God's Wisdom said...

Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by. We only have 1 child too. I even use HST+ http://www.homeschooltracker.com/ to keep other things organize. It all helps me keep my sanity...LOL

Brenna said...

Looks like a great year ahead! Thanks for sharing your plans.

Jennifer said...

I am also trying to give my children more responsibility with their schedules, but they all still need a lot of guidance.

HillaryM said...

I was reading this last night and left following links and never returned to say hello--'Hi!' It is neat to read your post of what this year looks like for you and then read your previous Crew review list. You are using things from that list or others from the series (Apologia, etc.). We are, too. The Crew has been such a blessing to our family. Here's to another great year!

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