I have a workbox, singular! I decided to go with a file folder system. I bought a box from Office Depot (on sale for $4.99), a box of hanging file folders, and some clips I found for a buck. I could not find the medium point sharpie markers my friend Sam found, but perhaps this was because I had my husband and all four children in tow.
When we arrived back home; I got to work. I labeled 10 folders with Jaela’s name and numbered them 1 – 10. Then I did 5 for Quin and 5 for Micah. I used the remaining six folders for my own things. I got out my lesson planner, scanned down it, and put all of Jaela’s stuff in the folders; math in one, drawing in another, reading instructions with the book in yet another, and so on.
I interspersed some fun things, like time for snack, in other folders as well. The idea is she will start with the first folder and continue working through them in order. Every few folders, or after a particularly long activity she will find a break with something fun. This will, hopefully, keep her motivated.
I did the same thing for the little ones as well. I will make up some pretty snack break and computer time pages today. Then I am going to laminate them with my spiffy new laminator. (How did I EVER live without that thing?) But a sheet of paper and a marker works for now!
Tell me what you think? How do you organize your children’s schoolwork?