What’s in the box? First Grade

I am a HUGE fan of the workbox system. We found it the first year we home schooled and have never looked back. We tweaked it a bit this year. Instead of putting all of my first grader’s core curriculum in her boxes, I use her boxes for independent work. Her day goes like this.

8:15-10:30 Work with me.

10:30-11:00 Snack/ break/ outside time

11:00-12:30 Workboxes ~independently

12:30-1:00 Lunch/break/outside time

1:00-2:30 Work with me.

We follow along through our day governed more by following the project order, rather then sticking exactly to the clock. However, it usually ends up pretty close to the same.

During workbox time for Emma, I try to stick to only things that she can do independently or with just a question or two. I love seeing her create an independence with her schoolwork and really grab a hold of following instructions and processes. Two things that sometimes I fear may be lost while homeschooling.

In each box you will see a colored popsicle stick. We have a class store. Sometimes I go crazy with passing out sticks. Not very often, but tomorrow there will be a very happy little girl. They never know when sticks pop up out of no where. At the end of the month they get to spend their sticks from our class store.

Box #1

Pattern blocks from Lakershore Learning.

Box #2

Box #3

I found this from a fabulous teacher’s blog somewhere. I can’t remember where! If this is yours let me know so I can give you a shout out 🙂 But seriously….how cute is it?

Box #4

Box #5

Box #6

All About Me Poster found at the Dollar Store.

Box #7

Box #8

A page from Telling Time with Judy Clocks.

Box #9

Box #10

Time to practice her memory verses for the week.

Again her workboxes vary GREATLY from day to day. Sometimes they are more relaxed fun projects. Sometimes they directly supplement what we have learned that morning. I care more about her being successful in completing these boxes on her own, following all of the directions of how to do each box, etc. rather then necessarily how “difficult” each box can be. It has been working great this year! This little girl tends to be the one that wants me at her beck and call ALL day, so this has been a major improvement for us so far.

Happy Monday!

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2 Responses to What’s in the box? First Grade
  1. Amy G
    November 14, 2011 | 7:29 am

    Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this! I have wanted to try this system to allow for more one on one time with each girl. I feel like SO MUCH of our day is ‘teacher-directed’. I am SO GOING to do this! Thank you for showing samples of what you put in the boxes. Do you fill the boxes once a week or every day? i think I’m going to have to get this going after Christmas break! Thank you for the inspiring post! Blessings to you!

    • Darcy
      November 17, 2011 | 11:27 am

      Hi Amy. I do fill them up every night. I am going to be doing some more posts on this next week, once I pass prepping for little man’s first birthday party on Sunday!!! xo. Happy Thursday!

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