Friday, March 20, 2009

Sue Patrick's Workbox System

After much consideration, "planning", talking with my husband and prayer I have decided to purchase "help" for me get on track. Well, what a blessing I received! I searched a couple of blogs and they were recommending this Workbox System. I thought it was going to be too much for me, especially purchasing 12 clear shoe box bins. But I did it and I am so glad I did. Although we haven't started it yet, I have it up and ready (well, almost, still have to get a couple of components together, but it is ready for her to use) and Natalie will use it today. I am really excited and I know she will be excited also. Mainly because she can see what she has to do for the day and she can feel accomplished for finishing all her boxes. I will post those pictures later, but for now, what I have is:
Natalie's Desk Set up:
To the left of her desk are her workboxes. She has 12 of them, but I did not use all 12 today.
On her desk is her schedule strip, help cards, vocabulary box, pencil drawer, and a tray for her finished work. Anything that is put underneath her desk is just there because I put it there, don't pay any attention to that mess!!!

So, basically for the workbox system each child will get 12 plastic bins. For each bin you will put in one assignment or workbook or whatever it may be for that lesson. On the bins are numbers that will correspond to her schedule strip and work with mom cards or other activity cards.

Here you will see a close up of bin number 6 (oops, outta order) on the top right is a "work with mom card" basically self explanitory, when this card is on the bins, then I will be working with her.

Here are two bins with an activity card on them. The one on the right tells her that it is time for a snack, and I have included that snack (hers and her sisters, in the bin)
On the left is one that tells her that she can play for 30 minutes.

Here is her schedule strips. The numbers are velcroed and she takes them off as she works on each bin. I am going to put another velcro dot on each bin probably on the number so she can match the numbers to the bins.

These are her help cards. She only gets 3 per day. And this will help minimize the need to always ask me how to spell a word instead of sounding it out.

This tray will be for her finished workbooks or other paper work.

I definitely recommend this to any one who can use it. And will happily answer any questions you have, but I do suggest you purchase her book or ebook to read.

Here are a few blogs that have inspired me to get started.



megonzales said...

Where did your character lapbooks come from?

Sunflowermommie said...

Your workboxes look great. How are they working out for you?


Amber Amaradio said...

I am working on putting my workboxes together! Did you make the number cards and the activity cards with the graphics you have or did you find a template somewhere? Thank you!

Cindy K. Green said...

I know you posted this awhile ago, but thanks for the info. I am considering buying Sue's book. Your pictures were great in visualizing how to put this together. Thanks,