Play can come out of most unexpected things. I had some water leftover from cleaning near the door and my baby started to splash some water here and there in the pail.
Things like this makes me realise that boredom does not have to be resolved with electronics or expensive toys. Children can have fun with items adults see no value in for their sheer simplicity.
I have to admit that I am disorganised and procrastinate quite a bit. This of course comes at a cost but I have also learned some organisational skills along the way as my number of children increased and I took on new responsibilities like earning some extra income and going back to school.
These are some of my shortcuts that may be useful to you too:
1. My trusty notebook
What better reason to get that lovely notebook you fancy than because you need it for HS planning? When I'm really organised I can write down a few weeks' plan whenever and wherever I am. When I am not in the swing, I just list down my ideas for school for the next day~ some planning is better than none.
2. Working File
I have curriculums and teaching materials in softcopy. When I don't feel it's necessary for me to print, I just make a few notes in my notebook. At times however, I need to consult the curriculum quite a bit so I will print all these out and place them in my working file. My working file also contains printable teaching materials like charts which I will place in a plastic holder with punch holes so I can easily place it inside the file. When the curriculum materials, like Monte presentation guides, get too much I transfer them to individual subject files. I try not to have more than 2 weeks worth of lessons in the file.
I have tried using a workcabinet but things get thrown in a lot and papers get crumpled, i.e it was a big mess. So this year we are using workboxes with hanging folders instead.
The children will take the folder and books for the day when we start school and place them back when they are done. Non- workbooks like storybooks or lesson guides go back to the school bookshelf where I put all the books we regularly use together.
When I find the time to mark, I will just take the whole box with me. With this, I can just move the child to the next assignment in the workbook/set of worksheets for the next week or lesson and it has become much easier for me to monitor their progress and plan my lessons.