Since we're doing workboxes (see older posts) this year, I've been looking for some items that can be put in them for the girls to do independently.
I had downloaded some of the freebies from Fortunately for You some time ago, but had not used any to date or even particularly looked them over. (You know how it goes, download it because it's free and you might need it someday, save it on the hard drive somewhere, and forget about it. ) As I was going through my computer files recently, I found those freebies and took a closer look and got the idea that their Tags of Time or their Pockets of Time could be a great workbox items.
After determining the difference between ToT and PoT, I decided to purchase a few of each. I decided to use ToT with my younger daughter, who is not particuarly creative, and I would use the PoT with my older daughter, who is my artist.
Both products test the child's comprehension of a story. For each chapter, there are summarizing sentences about the chapter for the child to put in order to show the flow of the events in the story.
PoT involve the child coloring a rectanglular tag with the sentence on it a particular color, cutting them out, and then, as they read the chapter, placing them in order and putting them the chapter's pocket, which is created by attaching two pieces of cardstock together to create up to 3 chapter pockets on a page. (An answer key for mom is provided and lists the order the colors should be in.) When completed, the child can make a cover for the pocket pages, punch, and secure with yarn/ribbon and make a book.
The ToT involve a child decorating a tag as desired. The child places colored strips which contain the sentence in order on the tag. (Fortunately for You thoughtfully include non-color strips that you can print if you don't have a color printer or if your color ink is low! Then you must tell the child what color to color each strip.) The child must also include the chapter number, the chapter title, and a small graphic that represents the chapter. (Again, an answer key is provided telling Mom the color order and which graphic matches each chapter.) The ToT allow the child more creativity in the placement of the items and how the tag is to be decorated. Once all of the chapters for a book are completed, the tags can be secured with yarn/ribbon.
In both cases, the child can also use the tags to retell the story.
This works for my younger daughter because she doesn't have to go through the effort of writing (a laborious chore for her). It will work for my older daughter, giving her an outlet to be her creative, artistic self.
My youngest will finish her first PoT today, The Courage of Sarah Noble. Next week, my older will find The Sign of the Beaver in her workbox and will complete her first ToT.
Works for us!
ETA: To use these in the workbox, each day I would just place the book to read and the print outs of the rectangular tags for 3 chapters at a time. Then doing one chapter at a time, DD9 would color the tag according to the instructions, making sure to read the sentences as she did so to familiarize herself with what to look for in the story. Then she cut them out (just one chapter at a time), again reading the sentences. I also had her write the chapter number on the back. Then she read that chapter of the book. As she read, she'd arrange the cards in order. After she read the chapter, she paper clipped the cards and gave them to me for grading. Once I verified they were in the correct order, they were placed in their pocket.