If you are thinking about using the workbox system, you will need to first see how easy it is to set up the workbox schedule. One reason why some homeschoolers may not want to try the workbox system initially is simply because they think there is a lot of work involved. Below you will find some simple ideas on how you can organize your workbox schedule for your homeschooler.
Use your computer
The easiest way to get organized when it comes to the workbox schedule is to use your computer. I like excel spreadsheets the best of the school schedules. You can very easily save your schedules as your doing them. I have found that working on the weekends to set up the following weeks schedule is really the best idea. By using the computer it should not take you any longer than about an hour depending on the number of kids you have of course. Since you have an online program that you follow anyway it may even take you less time.
Break it up by subject
The best way I have found it to break it down by subject. Each box can be for a different subject. For example box one can be language arts, box two can be math, and so on. This will help to ensure that you can cover all of your subjects without any problems. At the end of the week when each item is completed you can check it off your to do list, and then file the printed copy away in their binders. I like to keep a copy of the work that was schedules so that at the end of the year you can see exactly what was done.
Use what works best for your child
To help children learn about schedules, young children respond best to pictures or stickers. You can easily create a chart that will enable your child to remove a sticker, or card and place back on the chart when they are done. When setting up the schedule, you can alternate between the kids so that when one needs to work with mom, the other has independent work to do. This way you will not have all of your kids coming at you at the same time with work with mommy cards. The only thing you will need to make sure of is that all of your kids work in order.