Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tot School--Special Edition

Tot School went a little differently than usual this week. Remember how I said a while back that I was setting up the workbox system for the kids for school in the fall? Well, it's finished, and the kids have been dying to try it out. We use our office/guest room for the school room, and the kids have been constantly in there looking to see if anything is in the boxes. One night, I decided to fill the boxes just to kind of see how long it would take me to plan every night, and in the morning, both kids were begging to "do school". So, I thought, why not? If anything, it'll get them used to the system for the fall.

We did school activities twice this week using the workbox system, and it's been going pretty well. Ironically, the "fun" boxes have been the only ones the kids complained about. I guess I'm not that good at picking fun activities! I'm trying really hard though! ;) They actually look forward to the ones filled with curriculum stuff instead!?!

Here are some pictures of the boxes filled for the next time we do a school session. Blogger is being a bit stubborn tonight, so the pics aren't exactly in the order I would like them, but you get the idea.

Here's a close up of Bean's shelf with the top three boxes pulled out to see what is inside. I got the numbers from Sue's site, and made the "work with mom" tags myself, using clipart from Word:
Here is a shot of Bean's whole shelf. We are only doing 7 boxes on this day. The tag on #1 is a circle time tag, meaning the three of us will work together on this one:
Here's Miss O's shelf:
And Miss O's shelf and desk. The desks came from an online furniture retailer called Hertz. I looked into getting a kid's table instead, but it was actually much cheaper to do it this way (plus, the desks will grow with them, as the legs extend):
And here's Bean's desk and shelf. The shelves and boxes came from Target. The white rectangle you see on the desk is his "game board". It's where the numbers on the boxes go when he finishes a box. When all the numbers are on the board, he knows he is done with school (all of this is in Sue's book, so be sure to head over there and purchase it if this interests you at all):


Susana said...

I really want to try the workbox system but it won't be until next year. I look forward to seeing how it goes for you guys. It looks so organized and well thought out!

Christy said...

Looks great!

DairyQueen said...

looks great! we love the workbox system. we really get so much more in and in so much less time!

Michelle said...

Looks great! And I love your new look!

Too Many Hats said...

I have heard really good things about the workbox systema and I think it would be great with younger kids. Looks like you are all organized now.

Our Little Family said...

That looks amazing! The organization of it really appeals to me, as well as the theory behind it. I definitely want to look more into it. How exciting!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

You are very organized! I love the idea of a workbox system... I'll have to think about it when we start doing real preschool homeschooling. I'm glad it's such a success for you! Great post!

Raising a Happy Child said...

It looks great, but I am dying to find out what exactly you put in the boxes. I'll read in Google in the hopes of learning more :)

Jennifer said...

Happy Child--I've tossed around the idea of starting a weekly post or joining a linky for workboxes that would show what exactly is in them once a week. Would that be of interest to people, you think?

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