Been there. You know, that moment when you are scheduling an activity and you find a printable that could have been useful for a previous activity but you didn't use it because you didn't remember having it.
That's why the most important thing is to learn how to classify them and make a habit of it. You are probably thinking that it is easier said than done, but believe me, time and perseverance will make it easier to identify the type of printable and the folder where you should organize it, just by taking a little look at it.
First, locate the category of each Printable and create a special folder:
3. Activities only - Learning pack
For this, you should check how much information it has and the type of activities included.
In each folder, it is necessary to make a classification according to the main topic: mathematics, literature, history, biology, seasons, etc. This will be based on the study interests you have according to the level of your child and/or student. And yes, in each of them you can make more classifications, for example, Biology: plants, animals, fungi...
It seems like a lot of work, and I know, it takes time, however, keeping order in your Printables will make your life easier and you will make better use of the Printables you have already acquired.
"The most important thing is to learn how to classify them and make a habit of it."
Now, when I have to select a topic to work on I ask myself what I want to do.
Do I want them to learn the subject? And if so, to what depth? The latter depends on the age of my children and/or students. Or do I want to reinforce a skill? i.e. reading, fine-motor skills, math...
That way I can choose the right printable and the activity or activities they will do to develop or reinforce a skill with a topic of their interest.
For example, if they want to practice reading, for early readers I can take a printable from the semi-informative section, but if they are an older child I can
look in the informative section because the extension and even the concepts handled could be more complex.
And I am going to tell you what I use them for besides learning from them, but first, do you think your children/students no longer need the printables you bought when they were little? Don't know what to do with them? You can always get rid of them, of course but I find them great for making collages, bulletin board, trifolds, posters, birthday cards, postcards, bookmarks, scrapbooking, etc. They are materials that can always be used for cutting out and decorating work no matter how old they are.