January 2013, though not over, has been quite a productive month for my family. I’ve taken a break from my knitting in order to get things well…in order! Money has gotten even tighter for us since the fiscal cliff so in homeschooling my children and whatever else we tend to spend our money on, we’ve literally been having to pinch pennies and watch where it’s going even closer than before. Sometimes being a basically one income family can be really taxing at time, let me tell you!
Okay, so this month I’ve been planning for the school year ahead. Melody will officially be starting Kindergarten at home and Owen will jump into pre-k. I’ve been researching, gathering supplies, and really seeking what I’d like to do with both kids. And right now, I’m 100% sure I don’t want to follow a box plan for educating them. I like to build my own lessons and reach my children in their personal learning styles but that’s another blog post. In this post, I’d like to share a must need and have supply for any homeschool family at least for ours it’s been such a blessing to own… a laminator!
If you are not a member at bulk retail store like BJ’s, Sams Club, or Costco, I encourage you to become one. My family has saved many dollars on food, electronics, clothes, and school supplies and books! I this last week, decided it was time to purchase a Laminator for our classroom and went with the Purple Cows Hot and Cold Laminator which was only priced at 19.99!
This particular laminator comes with 100 Hot Pockets in assorted sizes ( (40) 8.5″x11″, (30) 4″x6″, (30) 3″x5″) to get you started. It’s 9inches in size so it takes up very little space. It also can laminate in not just hot but cold too using 50% less electricity that other standard machines.
I’ve used our laminator to cover a chore chart for my daughter, a reusable calendar to jot down household chores for myself as well as page for me to write out our weekly meal plan, and school activity and handwriting sheets fr both kids. I think name writing practice sheet as well as the phone number memorization page is going to be excellent for my daughter to work with over the school year.
Make bookmarks, preserve photos or your child’s artwork, make flashcards, reusable wipe-able handwriting sheets of all kinds, create your own posters, scrap-booking mini key ring photo albums, matching games, label tags, covering your most used recipe cards, and so much more.
I imagine that with my laminator, there will be more blog post from me on creative ideas and ways we are using it. I plan on offering freebies with my graphics on them for bookmarks, flashcards, and activity sheets for kids!
If you are interested in purchasing your very own Purple Cows Hot and Cold Laminator, know I highly recommend it and you can find it priced at 29.99 on Amazon.com and there’s free shipping!
Do you have a laminator? If so, do share what you like to use it for! Also, if you have a blog post about yours, be sure to add the link in your comment for us to see!