ect. Forget Lesson plans! I take about 15 minutes each Monday morning to fill these with the required worksheets. They can also keep their spelling and handwriting in the side pockets of the folders. This saves time, as the children know exactly where there work is and what is required. Instead of looking at a whole workbook and getting overwhelmed, they see the few pages that need to be completed for that day. It makes me feel organized and we all feel like we have accomplished something by Friday.
Something I have always struggled with is trying to teach a math lesson while keeping the little ones occupied. I thought I would try an easy craft on Monday. I had the little ones run outside and pick a bunch of different type of leaves. I gave them some fall colored paper and they did some rubbings. Then I had them cut them out and tape them to our window for decoration. They did great and had so much fun. It kept them busy and fairly quiet while I worked with the older children. I usually put them in front of an educational movie, but am trying to wean them and myself off of those.
If you homeschool or have homeschooled with little ones, I would love to know how you keep them occupied during those lecture moments. Please leave a comment! I'm sure we could all benefit from each other's ideas.