Whenever I tell people about the system,
I tell them I started using it for Colin, my son with autism, but I have found it to be so helpful for all my kids.
I love the independence it is developing in Colin and the responsibility it is developing in my other 7 year old.
He knows that when his boxes are done, school
is done. It gives him some control over his school day. It has been really great for
my 4 year old and 2 year old. The boxes the younger kids do are more “play” oriented but the
beauty of the system is I control what does in the box so I know what they are doing the whole time. It
allows me the freedom to work 1 on 1 with the older kids knowing that the younger kids are occupied with something constructive.
Since we are a relatively large family with very
scattered levels of skills in all areas, we needed something that had both structure and flexibility. The
box system provides us with both and it adds a level of accountability. I can see what gets done and what
is left to do at the end of our school day..I usually just move those leftover boxes to the top of the list for the next day.
I have been so pleased with the progress I see
in all 4 kids, especially with Colin. He has always struggled with independent work and can easily be overwhelmed
by how much he has to do in a day. Using a schedule and the 12 boxes, we can let him see clearly when things
start, stop and when he is done for the day. It is a nice way for me to manage the flow of his day, to
have easy things follow hard, to have fun things follow challenging things and to have 1 on 1 time follow his independent
boxes. It makes it easier to figure out what I want him to work on and fit it into manageable pieces for
I can build in the repetition
he needs by presenting the ideas in several different ways over the course of that day’s boxes—this is ideal so
that neither of us is “burned out” by working on something too long at any one time.
--A.O., Home School Mom of 4