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Workbox Remix

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I’m not sure if it is the fact I’m getting older or trying to streamline things a little more in the new year, but I decided that our current method of workbox system (described in this post) needed an update. The workbox system kept each of my daughter’s individual subjects orderly on their school bins, while I kept our daily routine as a printout in my binder. I kept having to pull out the sheet to remind myself what in the world we were supposed to be doing next and, basically, I had enough. Surely I could figure out some way to put up our daily routine and blend it with the workbox system that has worked so well for us.

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What’s Great About My Remix

1. It is visible to everyone. Now we all know where we are in our daily routine (I do routines, not schedules!). In fact, I clip a clothespin where we are on our chart so that a quick glance tells all of us what we have left in our day.

2. It is durable. I didn’t want something that I would have to rewrite or make again every year. I purposefully laminated the pretty paper pieces so that they would be durable for years to come.

3. It is adjustable. One thing it took me about one month to learn in homeschooling is that schedules and routines are made to be destroyed. If I was going to design a new way to keep track of our day while combining our workbox system I wanted it to be able to adjust when I needed it to without having to redo everything. For that reason I didn’t make the categories permanently affixed to the laminated backgrounds. I printed them out and taped them to the chart. All I have to do is simply peel them off if I decide I need to make a change or drop a subject.

4. It flows with our week. This school year the subjects that Chipette and Magpie do together are different on different days of the week. They have science on Tuesday and Thursday and history on Monday and Wednesday. Whatever I designed needed to be able to flow with how we did our week. Thank you binder clips! When I need to adjust our together subjects for a different day of the week, I unhook the binder clips and flip that piece around, then reattach it. On the back is the alternate day’s schedule.

5. It kept the visual, compact workbox system that’s been working for so long. Instead of putting our workbox chart on their school bins, the chart has been dissected and affixed to our daily routine chart. This has an unexpected benefit of keeping Monkey’s little hands off of it since it hangs high enough on the wall that he can’t reach it.

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What I Used to Remix

This project was really easy. I used some pretty tree-themed scrapbook paper that I found in the craft closet. I cut it into six 10 inch by 4 inch pieces. I was able to get three of them out of one piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper. Next I laminated them all and affixed Velcro circles to two of the pieces for the new workbox grids. I punched holes in the top and bottom of each piece. Using 12 circle binder clips, I attached all of the laminated pieces together. The last thing was to print out the order of our day and tape those to the empty pieces. I hung it on the wall using these hooks so it wouldn’t damage the paint.

My completed daily routine/workbox hybrid chart:

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No more hearing myself say, “What are we supposed to be doing next?” in the tree house,

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