June 03, 2010

Our Wall Work Pockets Update (work boxes)

8175 Our schooling experience has gone through many changes and improvements this year.  I’ve been working on updating our wall pockets to reflect those changes.

When we first started using work boxes, we chose to use large manila folders for each subject in a single storage box, one per child.  Then we moved on to hanging file folders in those same storage boxes.  When we switched over a year ago to our wall pockets, I knew we had found what works for our family.

Previously we had used pronged folders in our wall pockets.  Pronged folders are the ones you typically see in your doctor’s office with the metal strips at the top that hold the papers in them.  I would make the copies we need for a week or two and fill the folders ahead of time.  This worked great for us for a period of time, but as we started making changes in how we school, we needed change a few things.

We still use our wall work pockets (We ♥ them!) but we now use file pockets in our wall pockets.  This change was brought about by our lapbooking.  It is so easy to drop a baggie of lapbooking pieces into the file pockets and retrieve it when needed.  In addition we use individual-sized dry erase boards for spelling each day and they fit in nicely.

We also added a Pen pals folder and a Reading Log notebook to hold their reading lists and goals. Our extra slots hold their mini offices, and other projects like Flat Stanley.

Wall pockets are inexpensive (around $14 each) and take up minimal wall space.  We don’t have toddlers in our home anymore, but if we did, I would hang these on the inside of a closet door to keep curious hands out of them. ☺

15 comments:

  1. I love the wall pocket idea! Where did you find them for $14? I would love some for my kids.
    Thanks. Andrea

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  2. Andrea,
    I purchased these at www.eaieducation.com. The product here is called The space place $14.50 each. They are also at most teacher supply stores and I imagine Amazon.com as well. The ones I purchased are a canvas type material (very durable) and you could clean it with a damp cloth. They hang by 3 metal grommets at the top.

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  3. I wonder if I could figure out how to fit them inside my closet door.

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  4. If it helps - the wall pocket hanging measures approximately 14 inches wide and 4 1/2 feet long.

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  5. It looks really great! It makes me feel a sense of order just looking at it.

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  6. This is so awesome. I have been trying to figure out a good workbox system with very limited space. Thank you for the great idea. Oh and they are on sale 15% off right now!

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  7. Anonymous6/09/2010

    Could u leave small wkbks in the spaces ? Or how about reading bks, file folder games, deck of cards, dominoes

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  8. Yes, absolutely! We keep our handwriting workbooks in ours at the moment. Math workbooks fit as well. Library books, spiral notebooks, file folder games will easily fit. Board games in boxes or puzzles in boxes would not.

    Hope that helps.

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  9. I'm sure you've blogged about this, but I have limited time . . . maybe you could post a link to where you have written about your children's "mini offices".

    Thanks! I really LOVE the folder idea. Like many, we just don't have room for the boxes.

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  10. Came from facebook to check our your wall pockets- LOVE them! I am now following your blog. :)

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  11. LOVE the Wall Pocket Idea! I just ordered 2 for my 2 girls. I got them on Amazon for just over $10.00!
    Thanks for the fabulous ideas!

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  12. Wonderful idea. I love using the board makers and have many files for my little one - this is perfect.

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  13. Thanks for this idea! This is totally how we store our construction and craft paper on the wall, but I have been reading about work boxes and stumbled across your site! I am really trying to declutter our room and minimize but become even more organized, and I think I really love this idea! I think one of the biggest benefits will be helping add in things we want to do but don't get to, adding my kinder student into the mix while having son stay educationally challenged and occupied and I think I even see you have a Cub Scout folder! I am THRILLED and think I will try this instead of buying a scrap book cart on wheels I have been gong back and forth about for WEEKS now!

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  14. You made my day!! Thank you!

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  15. So what do you do with their books? Or larger items? I have been putting all our items in one large basket that I keep in my bedroom, on a shelf. We have a tiny house, and a toddler who is into EVERYTHING, so I have been trying to figure out a way to separate the two school kids items (although we do unit studies and some things together?;), so that we can find things easier, and so that the baby can't get to it. We have be ed n hauling the basket to the kitchen ed table, each child has a binder, with dividers for each subject, and a task list for the week.but I still find myself helping them figure out what to do next..

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