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  1. One of the daily deals at Michael's Craft Store is a 10 drawer rolling cart. It is normally $74.99, but is selling for $29.99 for today only. I am considering purchasing one, but would love to hear from someone who owns it first. Is it sturdy? http://www.weeklyad.michaels.com/department/19 Thanks, Michelle
  2. I am looking at workboxes for next year. I like the fact that one child can work independently while I am helping the other child. But how practical are these in reality? Can I expect that my dd5 can work by herself on a worksheet while I help my dd9? Or vise versa? I need a simple way to organize our homeschool where we can get through math and LA's without feeling like I am being pulled from one area to the next. Would workboxes (or any other method) help this? My kids hate independent work. I am not sure what to do about that problem. How do you organize your day?
  3. other than workbooks or curriculum... What kinds of games or handcrafts? Any interesting notes or "break coupons?" I'm looking for as many ideas for variety as I can get. Thanks! Kate
  4. I know this has probably been discussed before, but I can't seem to make the search work. Talk to me about doing workboxes with a 1st / 2nd grader? DD is very self motivated / independent and requested tonight when we were talking after dinner something that would allow her to be more in charge of getting her work done. From what I've seen online, it sounds like using workboxes might be a good fit for her, but I don't know all that much about actually doing it.
  5. I've been toying with the workbox idea. I can see the appeal, especially for my 5th grader. However, I'm wondering if having everything laid out in workboxes will ultimately inhibit my 7th grader from becoming independent. On the other hand, she's pretty distractible, so I'm not sure she's capable, yet, of making and keeping her own schedule. At least with workboxes I'd have a fighting chance of her getting everything done that she needs to get done. I think. :001_huh: Oh, and dh is pretty determined at this point that both kids will go to a b&m high school, in case anyone thinks I nee
  6. Can I just ramble a bit? I really feel that the HS community has completely enabled itself to settle for for lower standards than we should. "Is it okay if we take off school this week even though we are 6 weeks behind? We just need to take a break." "Can my 10 year old do Core 1?" "My 10 year old is not writing, and is in 2nd grade math. Is that okay? " All of these are all too often met with a resounding YES! Yes! It's okay if you are behind. That's what homeschooling is for! You set your own pace! Yes, your 10 year old can do Core 1. You can supplement, but
  7. I haven't read the official workbox book but I've read many blog entries about it. We have the 10-drawer rolling carts that we use. I feel like it is just an over-sized bookshelf. The kids do the same subjects every day (math, catechism, grammar, handwriting, spelling, Latin, reading, instrument, computer) so they are just taking a book out, doing the work and then putting it back in. I will say that it works well for my pre-schooler who does something different every day. Am I doing something wrong? These boxes take up a lot of space and I'm wondering if a checklist (much smaller then t
  8. I made a blog post with many details and pictures about our boxes. http://peacecreekprairie.blogspot.com/ I pray it helps you out. I only spent about $30 on this as I had several of the supplies on hand. ;):D
  9. Homeschool share has a new section for the workboxes. I'm not doing workboxes, but I found a nice insect classification game there. I, also, found a months of a year print out. Oh and some insect dominoes (we glued these to cereal boxes and they dried today..he can't wait to play tomorrow). My 1st grader is not independent. But, I'm finding I need some things to keep him busy while I'm with someone else. If I don't he will end up wandering off. He gets into "trouble" :D easily. But, I'm looking for educational things. He loves this kind of stuff. I like the idea of having a
  10. I am going to do the hanging file box variation (I can't remember who originated that, but thank you!) and I'm trying to figure out if I should label the folders with subjects, or if the point is the child DOESN'T know what is coming next. Do I label them just with numbers to correspond with the number chart? I got my boxes and folders today and I'm just so excited to get them set up! TIA! Mindy
  11. I saw this workbox system mentioned on the FIAR message board, and I am very curious about it. It looks very interesting. The basic premise is that you buy a rolling cart and 12 small boxes for each child. Then you put a different item for them to complete for the day in each box. Anything from school work to an educational DVD to a card that says "20 minutes of computer time". The people on FIAR are raving about it. One of the best things about it is accountability. And it stops the kids from saying "How much longer?" and "What can I do next?" I love the idea of actually getting thing
  12. All this talk about the workbox system ( http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86460&highlight=workbox ) got me thinking that I really need something better for my own kid's daily work. Things have gotten too lax lately and I'm tired of hearing "I can't find my math book!" for the 5th time this week! :glare: With a new one on the way and busy 4 yr old I NEED something to get us better organized. The above mentioned system sounds good but 12 boxes is way to much for us. And I'd be setting something up for all 3 kids so the idea of a ton of boxes taking up space is
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