But what if the storage solution could also help with homeschool productivity? Imagine how wonderful school days would be if all of the children always knew what do to next — and had all materials available right at their fingertips!
The Workbox System does just that.
Workboxes are the brainchild of Sue Patrick, who coined the term and popularized the system. In a nutshell, workboxes are pull-out drawers, plastic tubs or boxes that contain homeschooling lessons in the order they should be completed daily. On top of that, each workbox contains everything the child needs to complete every task throughout the day. How’s that for organization? Sue’s web site and videos explain the system and the process in detail.
The idea of filling boxes with daily work isn’t exactly new — clever parents and school teachers have been using this trick for years. What is new, however, is the level of organization and thought that has been put into this structured system — absolutely nothing is left to the imagination.
With workboxes, numbers are assigned to the boxes and additional instructions are often attached with hook-and-loop tape as well. When tasks require a parent’s help, that is indicated on the box, too.
Homeschool moms all across the country have adapted the workbox concept to suit their own needs and to fit in with their homeschool styles, budget and even decor. A quick Internet search will return dozens of posts by moms who proudly explain and offer photographs of their systems, usually lauding these clever little goodie bins and talking about how workboxes have literally changed their lives. Hearing from other moms who have had success using workboxes can be especially helpful, since you’ll read about the benefits to using the system, the tips and tricks they have discovered along the way, and even about children finding special little treats and other surprises inside the workboxes as rewards for hard work throughout the day.
Take a look at some of these posts, and then find others on your own to see if a workbox system might work in your homeschool:
Homeschool Creation’s workbox system uses both cubbies and rolling carts in multiple posts about workboxes
Confessions of a homeschooler’s workbox system uses stationary carts and drawers as dividers between student desks
Heart of Wisdom’s workbox system using plastic drawers on wheeled carts
Crooked Creek Farm Girl’s workbox system uses plastic tubs on a table top
A Mother’s Journal workbox system uses fabric-covered, recycled boxes and chipboard tags
The Snail’s Trail workbox system uses tubs on closet shelves
[Photo 1: Joann Fabrics "Cropper Hopper". Photo 2: Find on Amazon dot com or anywhere cubbies are sold. Photo 3: Sam's Club "Cropper Hopper".]