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Homeschool Workbox System - How Does It Work?

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 185

The homeschool workbox system was created by Sue Patrick although many homeschoolers have been using boxes for years. It is basically a system for organizing a student's work. There are many adaptations to the system and many different types of boxes you can use. Basically, the mom decides what type of box she will use for each child and then she will put something in each box for her child to do. The student works through each box one at a time. Once the child has completed every box, they are done with their schoolwork for the day. Parents usually need about 10-12 boxes for each student.

Advantages of Using the homeschool workbox method:

  • Sometimes more fun for a student to anticipate what will be in each box and be able to work through them.
  • Contents don't have to just be workbooks or textbooks.
  • Encourages independent learning.
  • Can be used with any curriculum.
  • Resources for homeschooling are all in one place.

Disadvantages of using the homeschool workbox method:

  • Can sometimes be overwhelming for the student to see how many boxes he has to complete rather than a stack of books.
  • Can sometimes be labor intensive for the mom to have to fill each box each day for each student.
  • 10 boxes for each child can take up a lot of space if someone has many children.
  • The parent might have a hard time finding creative ideas for things to put into the workboxes or might have trouble buying enough items.

Workboxes can be adapted to a families needs. Many different types of boxes can be used to store materials. Parents can use shoeboxes, magazine racks, plastic tubs, magazine holders and even clean dish drainers with file folders in them. The boxes don't have to be completed by the student alone. The parent can mark certain boxes to be done with mom. Most parents number the boxes that their students use. Some parents even get very fancy and use velcro tabs on each box with different directions that can be changed. There are places on the internet where you can find forums and free printables related to the workbox method.

Although the homeschool workbox method is not for everyone, some families have adapted this system and have made it work for them. Parents can be as creative or as plain as they would like to be. As with every method, some students like it and others do not. In any case, students like to know what is expected of them so that they can complete what needs to be completed and get on with other things they enjoy.

Do you want to know more about homeschooling? Download the free homeschool eBooks How to Find the Best Homeschool Resources or How to Get Started with Homeschooling at

Heidi Johnson enjoys helping people find resources to simplify and improve their lives.

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