Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What's in the workboxes?

Oh workboxes, how I love thee. Let me count the ways!

I got this idea from my friend Jess over at The Ruby Zebra. I researched it and found her post and the posts from Confessions of a Homeschooler and 1+1+1=1 really helpful in deciding to use workboxes for preschool at home with Max.

Here are some helpful links about workboxes
The Ruby Zebra-Jess's post on workboxes
1+1+1=1 Post on Workboxes
Another from 1+1+1=1
Confessions of a Homeschooler Post on Workboxes

workboxes after I loaded them up!
I fill ours 2-3 times per week as Max generally does 4-5 in a day instead of all 10.

On a PERFECT day *which doesn't happen often* we get the twins settled and get started. I put Max and Stella at the table for breakfast and we start by reviewing our learning board.

Then we start with our first box which is Bible Time. We read a little from the Jesus Storybook Bible and look up our memory verse in mommys bible as well. We also discuss how our memory verse is applicable to our day.

Here is the rundown of what was in our boxes this morning...remember we are on the letter S and all of the printables are from our Raising Rockstars Preschool curriculum.

Getting Ready for S tracing sheet-crayon box is in there too
Workbook-marked to the S page
S is for Spiderman-Puzzle
Cutting Practice with Memory Verse and Scissors
S Vocab Words
S is for Superman! New book from Dollar Tree
Spiderman Math Sheet-Max loved this!
Memory Verse Craft- with needed scissors and glue
Puzzle Sight Word Cards
Loaded up and Numbered! Ready to go!

Keep in mind Max will only do about half of this in one setting and I don't push it. We also have lots other S activities and workbox stuff that we do throughout the week. One craft that was easy and a big hit was S roads and cars.
We simply cut big S shapes out of black construction paper and used a white crayon to mark road dashes. Then Max moved them around in different combinations and shapes and used them as a road for his hotwheels.

We are also doing a lot of Starfall letters this week and Max has figured out how to manipulate through the letters on his own. He really enjoys it!

I really like the workbox system for our family. Since we have THREE younger siblings under Max it helps to have everything loaded up and ready. Even after we are done with school time for the day Max will often go rummaging through the boxes looking for something to do and I know he is going to find good learning fun stuff instead of zoning out in front of the tv. Although we do plenty of tv watching too :)

Always, Jesi

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