I created this new system to cater to me and my own needs. I need to know what everyone is working on, what everyone has finished, what everyone has not started and what everyone needs help on. I don't want to help someone with a lesson right away when I have forgotten that a sibling has already been waiting for me to help them.
Here is how our new system works...
First, the boxes:
|Cardinal's Hanging Subject Folders|
Hawk will be using workboxes. He will have one box for each course. This is a bit different than he is used to, as with our old system each box contained one lesson and all the materials he needed to complete each lesson. He has become a very independent worker and he no longer needs to have his boxes set up that way. His boxes will be set up the same way as Cardinal's folders. All of his work for the week will be in each course box. Since he has boxes, his books for each course will be kept in each appropriate box. He will have one box for his supplies (scissors, pencils, glue, etc).
Eagle will also be using workboxes. He is still learning how to work independently and he is not capable of gathering anything on his own and as an Aspie, he doesn't deal with change well anyways so, he will be using his boxes the same. Each box will contain a lesson or activity. All of the materials he needs for each lesson will be included in his box. This helps cut down on distraction (just looking for a pencil can be so much of a distraction that he would be unable to do the lesson). Some things he can work on independently and some he can not. Lessons that need to be completed with me or Falcon will contain a red square of paper. This is his sign that he needs a coach to complete the lesson.
|Our main workshelf (and workboxes)|
Macaw has used "activity boxes" for preschool so this won't be completely foreign to her, but now she is halfway through Kindergarten so it's time to train her on the true workbox system, as next year she will advance to using the system the same as Eagle uses it now. Since we are making a change to our system, I figured now would be a good time to start switching her over to a new system. She will be learning how to use the system so that she can learn the routine and she is definately old enough to do some lessons independently. She will be using a crate with hanging file folders. Each folder will contain a lesson. She will learn how to distinguish a lesson that can be done independently from a lesson she needs to work with me on (folders which contain a red square of paper need to be completed with a coach). Her supplies (scissors, glue, pencils, etc.) will be kept in her handy crate on her school shelf. Her crate will contain her lesson folders and any games or other materials we will need for the week.
|Macaw's workbox crate|
On to the Status Board...
They will begin their day with their first box or folder. They will take their "working" status card from their yellow pocket and place it in the appropriate subject pocket. Then I will know what subject they are each working on. When they complete a subject, they will place a green status card into that subjects pocket. If they need help with subject, they will place a red status card into that subjects pocket. Each time they finish or move past a subject they need help with, they will move their "working" status card to the next subject they are working on. If they are not scheduled for a subject for that day, they may find a fun activity, message or treat in their folder or box along with a note that instructs them to put their status to done for that subject.
|Sorry, the pic won't turn |
I am confident that we found a solution that I have been dreaming of! I am so glad this idea came to me and I hope it helps a few others run their day a bit more efficiently!
Please comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts!