Teachers are usually prepared, or over prepared, for every minute of their day…because wait time can drive anyone and everyone involved to their breaking point. So, most teachers have a bin (or two) of time fillers just in case they need a backup plan.
This backup plan is a concept that needs to be transferred over into the “on-the-go bag” you carry with you on a daily basis because you WILL end up in a waiting room, a mess of traffic, a long line at the store (eh hem, hobby lobby), or who even knows where else.
I submit to you a few ideas worth considering other than the commonly used technology accessories: books, sketch pad + crayons, an activity book, and a mommy teacher time filler book.
I know this “time filler book” sounds silly, but I recommend taking the time to make one and here is how:
Make a word document of all the songs, finger plays, and stories you love:
1) Find, copy and paste from websites that provide all the lyrics.
2) Print and cut them out. (Click here for a starter I made you)
3) Tape them into a spiral bound index card pack.
4) Throw them in your purse or murse (“man purse” for all you daddy teachers)
** If you want to get fancy you can color code them (songs-red, finger plays-blue, stories-orange, etc.)
Then when you need a time filler, give your little one a choice! “Do you want to read a book, sing a song, listen to a story, color, or act out a story with our fingers?” I think you will be surprised how much more quickly the time passes with your little one engaged.
So today I ask you….What’s in your Bag? Share ideas that you have found helpful in your time of need! Share pictures on the Mommy Teacher Facebook Page!
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