When we returned from our Christmas travels, we cleaned house and then I cleaned my brain:) I spent a whole day prepping for the upcoming semester. And I learned a painful lesson about myself. We lament Jack's lack of diligence on an almost daily basis around here. It has worn me down as his mom and teacher more times than I care to admit. However, as I was looking back over our fall semester it became clear how little we had accomplished! And how that meant our spring would be so full and rather crowded with academics - squeezing out some of the fun things I had hoped to do. Alas, it is all moi. In my own sin, my own laziness, lack of diligence, I had allowed the kids to not complete work, to push it off til tomorrow, or a handful of tomorrows. An eye-opener for sure! Thank goodness for grace and mercy, because after spending some time in prayer about the whole matter, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a "system" that we have now implemented. The Workbox system, originated by Sue Patrick, was meant to keep children who had troubles staying focused, on task. I had briefly discussed this with Jeff in the late summer, but dismissed it because the original plan calls for a lot of space, space that we simply don't have to use with shelving and shoeboxes. So I decided to modify it, and after looking at many others' modifications, came up with our own Workboxes. Simply put the assignments/daily work is put, in order needed to be completed, in a tub/box. I print of a weekly schedule, from an Excel spreadsheet original, and put that on a clipboard which goes in the front of the tub. Each student can then grab their own weekly work agenda and begin working independently. Of course there are times/courses which require my assistance, but that's built into the schedule. When an assignment is completed, the child removes that subject/binder from the tub and places it on our homeschool bookshelf, thus emptying the tub one task at a time. It is a great visual cue that work is indeed being completed and they can see and "end in sight."
Here are our super fancy workboxes:)
The bookshelf where completed work is deposited, albeit, not very neatly!