Our New Workboxes

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Our New Workboxes

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Workboxes are a great way to organizes your homeschool!

Workboxes are a great way to organized your homeschool.

What are Homeschool Workboxes?

This year we are using workboxes. There are several reasons we decided to go with this system:
  • I liked having our books separated by subject & handy so I wasn’t constantly hunting down what books we were using with each subject. (This tended to lead to a huge 2-3 foot stack of resources by my desk waiting to get used or toppled over by Tinker Bell!)
  • It allowed us to keep current projects, lapbooks, worksheets, and books all in one convenient spot. Where we would remember to use them!
  • It helps my kids visualize their progress through the school day.
  • It was great to help Minnie feel like she had something to do too! Minnie is no longer regularly napping in the afternoon so she needs something to do when big brother & I “do” school. Plus she is ready for worksheets, letters, beginning math, and more.  She is so proud to look at what her work is for the day!
Our homeschool workboxes for Toddler, Preschool, and K12

Elementary Work Boxes for Homeschool Organization

FREE workboxes labels
We made Goofy’s boxes by subject. I added a label to show if we do that subject daily or the particular day we do it. This helps not only Goofy, but Mommy stay organized. As I stated above, Goofy’s boxes are filled with books, curriculum, lapbooks, worksheets, or projects that we are working through in that subject.

Preschool Boxes

Minnie is doing an alphabet based preschool program this year with lots of play, books, and practice cutting, pasting, and playing with numbers. She has 5 boxes – one for each day of the week. I know some people use 5 different boxes every day, but the time commitment to change them out every day was unrealistic for me. I like this system. During the weekend I fill her boxes for the next week. I put worksheets, manipulatives, activities, and hands on learning fun in each of the five boxes. Then we are all set for the week – one day at a time. Minnie loves seeing what’s in the box today!

Our Favorite Preschool Educational Toys

Just in case you were wondering how they fit in our homeschool room, this is where we have them. They are convenient  to our school table for the kids to go through & to my desk to fill-up. Our homeschool space with workboxes to organize it If you are looking to make workboxes I think you will really like them! They are hit with my kids & me! To save you some time, here are not only the labels we used, but extras I made along the way. I laminated the Preschool labels & affixed them with Velcro dots. That was my plan for Goofy’s smaller subject boxes too…. but Tinker Bell enjoyed ripping them off too much! O well – time for Plan B! I used this nifty Xyron machine that makes stickers! (Seriously SO cool!) So these labels I affixed directly on the boxes & now Tinker Bell leaves them alone! Free printable workbox labels

Supplies to Make your Own Homeschool Workboxes:

Homeschool To Do Chart for Kids

Simple White Board Homeschool To Do List

Homeschool Subject Chart for Kids
When the kids complete their subjects, clean-up, practice piano, work on memorizing their Bible verse, or extra reading or practice sheets they put stars on this chart. It was intended as a Chore Chart (I actually stumbled upon it at Target) but it works great of us. I printed colorful Avery 8160 labels that match our workbox labels so the kids can easily identify where to put their star. (you can download our labels here).  The kids will earn prizes based on the number of stars accumulated: prize from treasure chest (cheap dime type prizes), stay up 45 minutes late, date with Mom/Dad, or Family Fun Event (bowling, mini golf, movie, jump zone,etc.).

School Punch Bookmarks for Homeschool To Do List for Kids

The next year, to switch things up, we tried a new way to track our homeschool to do list. I came up with these FREE School Punch Bookmarks! The kids loved using a hole punch to mark off the tasks they had completed and it was more mobile. It was a really fun change of pace and we are going to use this for the 2nd year in 2014-2015.

How do you keep your homeschool organized? 

I'd love to hear your tips in the comments below!

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  1. Way to go Beth! I am considering them also! Thanks so much for the freebies! Good luck to your year!

  2. These look so pretty, I bet the kids can't wait to get to them. I like how you've labeled them too.
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

  3. What a great set up you have here!

  4. These are great labels! I would love to have the download for the chore chart as well. I stumbled upon one just like it for $1 at our local dollar store and have been trying to make it work for school. These labels are perfect! My email is mattie(dot)wells(at)yahoo.com

  5. Where are the free labels? My email is kmmorgan1974@gmail.com

  6. Your room looks awesome!!! Thank you so much for the labels, but I could not get them to work. Is there something I need to do after clicking in the picture?

  7. I was also wondering how to get the labels. I can't seem to get them to work! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas and inspirations!

  8. I would love the workbox labels. How do I download them?


  9. Sorry about that everyone, for some reason it didn't link up the download correctly. It should be all fixed - enjoy! And thank you everyone for your kind comments =-)

  10. Last year was our first year using workboxes and for the most part, they worked really well. The only thing I found was that I wasn't diligent enough to switch things over every day. It sounds like your once a week idea may be more realistic. I hope they work as well for you as they did for us!

  11. You look organized and ready to go! Congrats. Renee

  12. Very organized, neat and tidy Beth! Our family also loves workboxes.

  13. I have been stalking those boxes for years. I love the colors and the fact that it is just another organizational tool to have in the house. I'm a neat freak. We use Seton Home Study School for our home school curriculum. They send us all of our books. We keep our books stored in a plastic container next to our dining room table where we hold school. Originally it was for transporting to the beach for school but we have a rolling bag now for that.