Sue Patrick is the creator of the workbox system which has taken the homeschool arena by storm!
“My system simply makes homeschooling easier by creating physical and chronological structure. It makes it easier to organize curriculum and to present it in a way that is easier for the child to learn. This system allows home school families to get more schooling done in far less time, and it is especially helpful in creating kids who can work independently. So many homeschooled children can become addicted to Mom sitting there with them even when they don’t need the help. My system is very visual and the children know at all times what is expected of them.” Read more of Sue Patrick’s interview at Love To Know and visit her website here.
The basis for the workbox system is a wire rack that holds 12 plastic shoe boxes per child; four shelves which can hold 3 boxes each. Each box gets a number held with Velcro to the front of it. A schedule strip is used to order the child’s school day. The idea is that kids follow the schedule strip and do what is in each box or otherwise directed on the schedule strip. They place the completed box’s number on their schedule strip and stack the empty boxes aside.
Look at these blogs for more personal workbox posts:
- Sowing Precious Seeds by Aurelia Barnum.
- Fortunately For You Books blogspot describes her system here.
Moms chat about their systems on forums and groups:
- Ami at Walking by the Way writes Why Workboxes
- There is a Yahoo! Group for the workbox system
- Workboxes for Children shares their workbox ideas
- Archives http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/walkingbytheway
Although I have listed all these links and checked each to see if they were relevant and correct, I don’t specifically endorse any link, blog, author, curriculum or system.
Many homeschool trends come and go. This system seems incredibly successful. I find the ways different homeschool families personalize and change the system to suit their needs really precious.
Like all homeschool decisions – pray first, research, pray again and trust the Lord to lead you. Only in obedience to Him will you be in His rest, provision, protection and purpose.