First up for your viewing pleasure is the German reinforcement charts I found. They are actually worksheets, but being the workbox lady that I am, I found that by backing the two pages (one with the German names/blank spot for English names on it for the pictures; and one with both sections blank to fill it) that I could create a packet of laminated charts my daughter can use and reuse to practice those words. She asked for extra goodies to test her, and to help her remember the words-that are not a part of the program we use. Thankfully, ABC Teach has a whole section of great supplements for foriegn languages. I still have to print the flashcards, and more sheets like this-but it is a start. And I have a jump ring to add more as we go. It will add a little pizzaz in her workboxes.
Behind curtain number 2, we have this fine little package. Using the section on Mini Offices, I was able to download and print those things my son is or has worked on in math. Some of it is a bit advanced, but we will be getting there soon, so I put them in. There are lots to select from. I used your typical file folders, laid a sheet of trimmed color paper down first (because, if you read my Lapbook blog-this is something I do; as I feel it helps the material you put there POP out and become more noticeable. But if I had all colored file folders, I wouldn't necessarily have to do that.) Then I applied the charts and graphs that pertain to his needs. I used the spray can of glue and I am telling you-it is the only way to go with projects like this. I then did the middle section, then I spray glued the back side of that file folder, and stuck it to a new one. I can add many more as we go using this process. The Mini-Office idea is not new to the education world, but it was newish to me. I heard my fellow TOS mates discussing it before I had a chance to read thru Sue Patrick's WKBX book, and sure enough-thought it was a pretty good idea. I could have used one of these puppies whilst I was in school-including college! I will be making a language one as we go. Right now, it isn't necessary because he simply isn't at that point of a lot of grammar and the like. [*I let the boy sticker it up to make it "his"-and to fill in some open spaces.]
There you have it-by using the components I found on that site, and with a few things I had laying around-I now have some more fun activities for our workboxes! Cool. One of the things I want to be careful of in regard to the workboxes/kids, is to not worksheet them to death. This site is very worksheetish by nature-but by thinking outside the worksheet zone-I came up with a few games and ideas that are less "just fill in the papers" or "keep em busy" type of work. I managed to create a few items which reinforce what we are learning, and still keep it from being boring. I am seeing a lot more I can do with their stuff. I hope to have at least a couple more posts before the subscrip runs out. So until next time.....
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