Workbox System Set-Up from Cassie

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Now that the workbox system has hit the homeschooling community in full-force, I love to see all the blog posts and photos of how the system works for various families. My friend Cassie was nice enough to share with me how the workbox system is set up in her house for her two children.


Cassie chose Itso BinsItso_Bins from Target and IKEA shelves for her system. She says, “I like the Target boxes with the IKEA shelves because the two fit snugly together within one space, so there’s no sliding sideways. The openings also allow for oversized items to fit in the bins without them tipping over.”

workbox_numbersOn each of the boxes Cassie adhered three Velcro dots for the number, the “work with mom” tag and the number for the schedule strip. When her son gets a box, he puts the contents on his desk then puts all Velcro tags in the box and stacks it by the window. This keeps the tags from getting dinged and dented while “nesting” in a stack.
schedule_stripsCassie’s schedule strips are color-coded for each child. Her daughter is almost three and Cassie states that it is a great way for Ellie to have number identification incorporated into her daily routine. And though her daughter is young, she totally understands how to use the workboxes. She knows to get her schedule strip, match the number to the box and get started on her work.


Now how cool are these cards? Using her digital scrapbooking skills, Cassie created custom schedule and clock-in cards.
What a great set-up! Thank you Cassie for sharing with us. :)

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  1. mamazee says

    Hi! I love how this looks – but are all those boxes 1-12 for her son? Where are her dd's boxes? Just trying to work it all our in my mind as i'll have five school aged next fall :) and i do have a brand new teak bookshelf :)…

  2. mamazee says

    Thanks, i will go and check those out, too! I'm trying to picture wire shoe racks, and completely lost :) – but i like this idea – i think it would really encourage the littler ones taking more initiative… and maybe be a way for me to put a little more fun into the day..

  3. Shay says

    Any chance your friend, Cassie, would be interested in making her tags available for purchase through download? They are my favorite and I have NO skills on this computer to make my own! Thanks!

  4. sarah says

    what an incredible set up… i love the details cassie uses… thanks for sharing this maureen, really gives me a better idea about this system and i love the way it all looks in the pics from cassie…

  5. GranolaMom4God says

    I'm so thankful to have seen your IKEA shelves in action. We were thinking about getting these shelves for a type of "system" for our Tot School and beyond. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah says

    Have you found the bins anywhere else? I can't seem to find them, and the link has changed. Help?

  7. Mozer says

    I've purchased the Itso bins at Target. I don't seem them listed online right now, but my store carries them.

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