Saturday, March 27, 2010


It is always interesting to me how we have this massive build up to Christmas. Weeks and weeks of it, but when it comes to Easter there is nearly  nothing until we are right on top of it...and then it's over.

I was hoping to do a Lenten calendar like I did one for Advent, but alas, good intentions aren't good enough. I've done more than last year but not as much as I wanted to. Still there's another few days and I've downloaded this 3 lesson study( on Jesus' last hours on earth,  plus jotted down some other ideas for us to do.

Last year we had a passover meal with some family and it was an amazing experience. I encourage everyone to try it. I might post later what we've done.

For now, I'll leave you with the lyrics of this beautiful song: How deep the Father's love for us by Stuart Townend

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

May you all have a blessed and meaningful Easter.

Workboxes 2

Hello again : ) Yes, It's been a while (as expected) but here it is. Another entry.

So it's been 9 weeks on the workbox system and Oh how I love it!!! The kids are ready for Easter break, but still going very well on this. Even asking me why I don't fill up more boxes!! Grateful, grateful me.

So after a few weeks of filling up the boxes in the evening I decided to try and get stuff ready for a week in advance. So I needed a box, but not just a box, one in which I could put suspension files. Did not have one so I used a laptop box (my husband is in IT), made four holes in the top and pushed tent pegs through to hang the files on. Viola! I will still cover the box. But now I have a place to put all my resources / plan for the week. Manipulatives and games we use that don't fit in the box are in a plastic box next to it or on the games shelf. I'm rather pleased with my effort (plus did not have to pay the NZ$25 for it from the shops). : )

Friday, March 5, 2010

Workboxes - with pics

Oh how I've looked and desperately hoped for some magical formula to help me out of the land of woe. 2009 had been a challenging (read STRESSFUL) year and I felt that I've failed in reaching any decent goals with the kids in their education. Now this is NOT a woe-is-me entry, but one of praise. Praise for the system of Sue Patrick. The Workbox system. Now as I've read some (quite a few!) blogs about this system, I realised that I was a tad slow on the uptake and that some ladies have been doing it for quite some time, but hey, better late than never!

The workbox system has changed the way we do our lessons. We've done more work during the last 5 weeks than we did for two terms last year!! Well, it feels like that. This system is amazing. Although (as many other families) we do not follow it exactly as Sue had set it out, it has improved our everyday learning more than I ever thought possible. My dd frequently complained about the amount of pages she had to read, but with this she has not had one complaint about her reading! Cross my heart!

Ok, so I'm sure you are thinking: "Just get on with it and tell me about it", so here goes. (In a nut shell). It is a simple (but effective) way of organising yourself and the children for everyday.

Each child gets a certain amount of boxes to work from. Each box is numbered and contains an activity that your child needs to complete. The boxes are filled before the start of your school day so when the kids get to it they can see what work needs to get done for the day. As they complete each box they put it in a different spot (the floor / another shelf) thereby seeing what they still have to do. Some of the boxes get filled with fun activities as a bit of an incentive to get through the 'slog work'. My ds was not very keen on copy work and I put some fun things in the box that he'll use after his copy work. The kids are very keen in the morning to see what's in their boxes!! Oh JOY!!!

Sue also includes a 'schedule strip'. This holds numbers that correspond with the boxes and learning centres that the kids will do. As they complete the boxes, the numbers on the schedule stip are removed. Again, a visual aid for the kids to see how much work they've already done and how much to go.

The things that most likely make it work is that I HAVE TO FILL THE BOXES else nothing gets done. So, I'm more organised, the kids are more excited and we are having SO MUCH FUN!!! Thank You Lord!

You can visit Sue Patrick's site at:

For now, I best get to bed.

Happy schooling : )

Pictures: our workboxes and schedule strips

Interesting quote

I went to a playgroup the other day and saw this quote up against the wall. First my apologies as I can't recall the author. (I'll need to return there to write it down!!). Anyway, this is the quote:

"Never teach a child what he can learn for himself."

I do catch myself at times wanting to present an elusive answer thus rescuing my poor darlings from a bout of self-doubt, rather than sitting back and wait, anticipating that golden moment when the children have that 'a-ha' moment when they discover the answer for themselves.