Sunday, October 10, 2010

Workboxes and Lapbooks

Dawson's curriculum is basically pre-packaged, all interrelated, although I add quite a bit to it according to his likes and strengths. Therefore, he and I sit and discuss the topics and then he sits to do independent work and projects. Then we move to the next subject.

I never thought I would have a need for Workboxes or that we would ever do Lapbooks.

But then we made the decision to bring Brynne home. I am not choosing to purchase a particular curriculum at this time as I have tons of materials already. I have always bought books for her to do and am a habitual internet searcher and printer of its worksheets and ideas. She's one of those kids to whom I can say, "Do this." And she does it. So I've been pulling together various materials for her letter-of-the-week, phonics and math. Some of it is in books, some of it is printed.

But it's only taken me three days to see that with the hodge-podge of material I am using, that I have unorganized piles everywhere. So, I resorted to the tried-and-true method of Workboxes. Here are three of them. It's still a work-in-progress.

I'm planning to stick primarily to the 3 R's and then do a history unit of some kind.

This is where Lapbooks come in.

I have read many mom teachers talking about Lapbooks and they seemed so fun. But they seemed too juvenile for Dawson. But for Brynne??? Oh goodness! How fun!

I can't wait to do our first one. We now have the materials for our first history unit and we just got started.

Workboxes and Lapbooks ... welcome to our school!

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