Thursday, August 26, 2010

First Day of the 2010-2011 School Year

This is the boys clocking in image. I couldn't resist!
Today was a great start to our home school year.  I set up 9 work boxes for each of the boys and 1 work box for Elie.  The boys "clocked in" and we got to work!  I explained how the system worked, or at least re-explained it, as I had talked with them about it before but didn't have it all set up yet.  I didn't jam pack them since we eased back in, but all 9 boxes did have something in them. I think this will be a really great tool for them and for me!  Only drawback so far is that Niles desk hasn't arrived yet, so he did work on the kitchen table today.  He's looking forward to having his own workspace though & I like that enthusiasm.

One tidbit though: Need to get girly more boxes and make sure that has enough different stuff going on too. She was mad she had only one & doesn't have her own shelf for them! 

Today's lessons also included how to shuck peas for dinner, why pink-eyed peas are called "pink-eyed" and a tip on making baked sweet potatoes.  Niles loves working in the kitchen with me.  It's nice.   Now if only I can get him to wash dishes.....


momluvs4kidz2000 said...

Boxes....more info pleeeeease :)

Rachel said...

Basically, you organize your child's work for the day in up to 12 shoe boxes, each one containing the complete assignment or activity to do. For example, pencil, worksheet and any instructions that aren't self-evident. Then, as they go through the day, they bring you the completed work & can see just how much is left. It's more complicated then that, but that's it in a nutshell. Let me know if you have more questions.