Today I am thankful for workboxes. They are an important part of our homeschool and we love all that they do for us.
Usually I fill t he workboxes with Chandler’s assignments each day. He then works through them and I don’t hear the “What’s next?” question over and over again. I hate that question. Drove me absolutely crazy. Yes, I said that in the past tense. I haven’t been asked that horrible question for about 2 years now. I like that.
When we first started using workboxes, I had been searching and trying to come up with something that would organize us a bit and let my son learn to work independently at the same time. As a child with Aspergers, he needs order and a schedule. But I have always pushed him and tried to vary things a little bit anyway. Instead of adding in extra stops when we go to town, (though I still do this), I just mix up his work in a different order each day. He never knows what to expect. And that makes it fun for both of us.
Sometimes I mix the numbers all up. Box #1 could be somewhere in the middle. Box #12 could be at the top. And I ask him to do them in order. Sometimes I just tell him to do them in whatever order he would like. Instead of having a melt down, he has learned to love this. He always seems to reach for the book he is reading first.
Now I realize that some would say he is too old for workboxes. But they are something that he truly loves. He has requested numerous times that no matter what we change in our homeschool, to please let him do his workboxes. I have no problem with that as it makes him happy and keeps me organized.
I do have to say that I was extremely proud of him yesterday. I really blew it as his teacher. I had started work before he was up and got sucked into an urgent project. I completely forgot to get his workboxes ready for him. My husband thought I had done it as Chandler was quietly and happily doing his schoolwork on his own. I finally realized that I hadn’t assigned anything or prepared anything for him. But he was just opening up his workboxes and completing the next assignment in each one. He knew to just do the next lesson on some of them. On others, he asked me what pages he should read and if there was anything special he needed to do. He pretty much took charge of his learning all on his own and just did what needed to be done.
Now I don’t envision this happening every day. It really shouldn’t. He needs me to be his teacher. But we did learn that he is fully capable of learning independently. I found that pretty impressive and responsible for a 14 year old boy. I know that wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have a routine and he wasn’t homeschooled. He would have been viewing yesterday as a free day. Our workboxes have provided us with just enough structure that he has learned to be an independent learner. I love that. I am thankful for that. Workboxes rule.
What are you thankful for today?