Recently, as I began to think about Spring-cleaning, I decided it was time to put away our ‘Busy Boxes’. As I rummaged through these boxes, I found remnants of items that once put smiles on my children’s faces. When the boys were younger, these cubbies were a favorite reward. What they didn’t realize was I was using them for something much more important than just a treat or surprise.
As we know, the typical Homeschool mom deals with many interruptions in any given day. During those times, it is nice to know there is a ‘go-to’ other than Minecraft or Zoboomafoo (although both were great in their time and place). Years ago, I created these cubby boxes for that moment in time when electronics were just not desired. So, when “Independent Learning” needed to happen, it was that lucky moment when the boys could go to their ‘Busy Boxes’.
All along, I had been filling these containers with things I had found at the .99 store, or the dollar bins at Target. There were some boxes filled with art supplies. Other boxes had games and puzzles. Most likely, the most treasured box was the one with tools, locks, and gadgets. My boys enjoyed any opportunity to go and see what new items may have appeared. This created a ‘win-win’ in our Homeschool world. When I needed them to continue learning, creating, and thinking all on their own, they saw it as free-fun-time. This investment in small amounts of time and money made all the difference.
Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher