Thursday, August 12, 2010

Learning Baskets

Learning Baskets (or Bags or Boxes) are something I started when my oldest was a toddler!  Just recently, I've discovered a whole system called the Workbox System by Sue Patrick.  I still mainly use my Learning Baskets the way I originally did, but I've added some aspects of the Workbox approach. *Update:  I tried this for a while, but this approach didn't work for me -- so I just do learning baskets the way I've always done them!

A Learning Basket is simply a basket (or box or bag) with a learning activity in it!  I have acquired many various activities appropriate for preschoolers, so I rotate those through the baskets.  I generally have 4-6 different baskets available during the morning.  I let each girl pick whatever baskets she would like to do!

I also have a Book Basket on top of the bookshelves for each girl.  I usually put books about our weekly theme in the basket, and I also include easy readers (for my older daughter) or alphabet books (for my youngest daughters).

Some ideas for Learning Baskets include:

This approach really works well for me, because it forces me to have activities planned for my preschoolers!  I try to sit down the weekend before, look through my master list of activities and ideas, and plan the baskets for each day of the next week. 

Here is a sample planning sheet for the learning baskets, but I'm just using a teacher's planner I found at Target for $1!!

Let me know if this is helpful for you and/or if you would like more details.  Please, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

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Blogger KBH said...

I have a friend that does the learningbox stuff. it seems to work really well. I think I shall try this....

August 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hi Stacie,
Do you have the workbox book? I was wondering if I could borrow it to browse through? I am only expecting baby #1, so it will be a while before I make "learning boxes," but I thought it would be fun to see what the book says. My master's degree specialty area was special ed.

-Hannah (from church)

October 4, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Autism Mommy said...

Hello Stacie, I came upon your blog and i am in love with it already. I am a proud mother of a little girl who is almost 2 who has Autism and other problems. Your blog has given us a wealth of activitys and ideas to do with her. I posted your widget on my awareness blog .
I hope you dont mind but i just love your creative ideas.
God Bless

September 2, 2011 at 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Stacie said...

Absolutely! I'm so very thrilled that my blog would be helpful to you!

September 4, 2011 at 12:35 AM  

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