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. ☺