Sue Patricks Workbox System Review

It’s our one year anniversary of using my modified version of Sue Patrick’s Workbox System and workboxes. So I thought I would tell you how it is going.

I must say that I still feel that this is a very worthy system.

The benefits of using Sue Patricks Workbox System include:

  • Happy Children—children see their work disappear and can see what they have accomplished.
  • Happy Mother—the day runs a lot more smoothly and children get more work done.
  • Adaptable—this system works with most curriculums, learning styles and educational method
  • Common Sense—boxes are filled with activities that make sense to the child. They can see what they have to do they don’t have to interpret a checklist and then find the resource.
  • It’s all there-no more rushing around looking for resources. It’s already collected.
  • Clear Goals—each student knows what they are to do and when they are finished.
  • Realistic Expectations—it encourages mother to set work that they know a child can achieve.
  • Fosters Independence—children understand what activities they are expected to do alone and what they can get help with.  You can also set up boxes for days when you need others to supervise.
  • Do More—This system shows you how to use all those  educational resources you have but haven’t worked out how to put them into your day.

It has:

  • helped us get more organised
  • shown me a way to get their independent work completed
  • given us a concrete system for doing our work
  • been a great training ground for our routine
  • helped me with my record keeping and has
  • made my children more accountable to their day.

As with most things that we incorporate into our family, we have stamped our style onto it.

After one year I am reflecting on how to make the system work better. Now that we have established a good routine and my kids find they can work independently; I am wanting to fiddle again with things and foster even more independence. That means taking some of the bells and whistles out of the system.

I am removing the folders and just sticking with the box/basket. I found packing the boxes tedious in the end, and  since I was using the same material most days, I have decided to go with a checklist.We also do a fair amount of our day together reading aloud and working on our unit study subjects, so I have removed any reference to those activities from the workbox.The group work is my responsibility to get done and I want them to feel the workboxes are theirs.

My hope this term, is to make them accountable for their “boxes”, without being able to “blame” me and say that the reason they have not done their work is because I haven’t packed them properly.

Let’s hope it works!



Here’s a video of my modified workbox system.