What are Workboxes? Some Links

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:

Moms chat about their systems on forums and groups:

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.

Blessings, Nadene

7 thoughts on “What are Workboxes? Some Links

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  4. You’re a gem ~ thank you so much.
    Just looking back at the lovely Prairie house you did earlier in the year, have you perhaps done anything more in this series? We have just bought ‘The Prairie Primer’ by Margie Gray and before I set foot using it I was wondering if you had explored the series/activities any further?

    God Bless


    • We have just finished our “Little House in the Big Woods” Lapbook! We can’t wait to start the next book in the series ~ “Farmer Boy”. We will start our next lapbook (downloaded free from Homeschoolshare.com) and other creative stuff we may find as we go along.


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