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!