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A Workbox for a Big Kid (Workbox Wednesday)

A Workbox for a Big KidMy toddler is ill today, so I thought I’d focus on how I organize my older child’s daily work in a workbox instead of the little ones!

Raisin is in second grade this year. This is a difficult grade for me to get my mind around, simply because I know what he is capable of doing independently, but he does not always approach school with the confidence I know he can. He still needs parent guidance in getting all daily goals finished before the day is over! Thus, this year has still been parent intensive, more so than I would have liked. I need to be realistic, though: it is still second grade!

I track our learning in Scholaric, a web-based homeschool progress tracker. I don’t typically record how long things take, or what score my son gets. I just record what the plans are, and make a note of which things we actually accomplish. I can print it easily for my son.

I keep his books and papers in a cubby next to his desk.

Although this frequently becomes a mess, and some days we don’t even bother with a printed schedule, it’s nice that we can remain somewhat organized. I only wish I could make his workbox more exciting, like Strawberry’s are!

Every Wednesday, come here to link up your workbox/busy bag/busy box posts. If you cannot post it on Wednesday, don’t worry. The linky is open all month. So link up your workbox posts and let us know what you do to teach your kids and keep them busy. Please visit my co-hosts at Chestnut Grove Academy and Tots and Me as well! What is in your workbox this week?

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Rainbow Busy Box (Workbox Wednesday Linkup)

I have not been very good at planning ahead our workboxes each week to meet the holidays. Since yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day (and I don’t think either child was dressed in green!) I figured it was time to belatedly do something somewhat related. Today we’re about Rainbows!

My main activity today was a Cut-and-Paste Rainbow using paint chip squares and images in all colors of the rainbow. I had a pile of paint chip squares, so I used those to make an accordion book, held together simply with tape. Then, my girl enjoyed cutting out the items and gluing them on the correct page.

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Dinner is Art Class with a Scribble Tablecloth

It was a tired night for me. The kids were cranky, but we still had dinner to go before I could send them to bed! To make matters worse, it was a leftovers night (spaghetti) and I knew that my kids would whine about that too. My husband would not be home for quite some time.

It was up to me to change the mood of the evening. It was up to me to not go crazy as I did so.

It’s a good thing I have been reading The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids. I don’t see myself as a very creative person, but the author of the book certainly is. On a whim, I took up Bobbi Conner’s brief suggestion: I unrolled butcher paper on the table and grabbed some crayons. This was our tablecloth for the night.

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March Workbox Wednesday Link Up!

It’s a new month, and one that is a lot closer to Spring and warm weather. We are all tired of snow!

We had a week off from co-op this week, so I did not prepare a creative workbox for my daughter. But, if you have a workbox, link up below!

Every Wednesday, come here to link up your workbox/busy bag/busy box posts. If you cannot post it on Wednesday, don’t worry. The linky is open all month. So link up your workbox posts and let us know what you do to teach your kids and keep them busy. Please visit my co-hosts at Chestnut Grove Academy and Tots and Me as well! What is in your workbox this week?

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