For those of you that have been homeschooling for any length of time this post will probably be a no-brainer. However, for those of us newbs who are just embarking on our home education journey, you may find this helpful.
Did you know you can have the spine cut off your workbooks and teacher’s manuals and have the pages either spiral-bound or 3-hole punched for easier manageability?
Last summer, while I was frantically planning out our upcoming school year I stumbled upon a thread on a homeschooling forum where it was suggested to take your bulky teacher’s manuals and home-instructor guides to Kinkos or Staples and have them spiral-bound. This way you can easily lay open cumbersome workbooks and it allows you to quickly and painlessly make copies from it’s pages.
Considering that I plan to use the majority of my resources at least three times with each of my children, I like being able to quickly and easily scan and print from them.
I can see how some moms could suffer from spiral-bound fever and end up cutting the spine from every workbook they own. However, although $5 here and there might not sound expensive, it can really add up; especially if you plan on binding e-books or other online resources.
Workbooks should pass a cost-analysis test before you proceed. Does the cost of the workbook justify the expense? For example, I use Miquon Math workbooks with my oldest and hope to continue with my younger children. I can generally pick these up online anywhere from $5-9 in a pinch, or with a little planning ahead and luck I can pick them up for next to nothing at local used-curriculum sales. So in this scenario it’s actually cheaper to purchase three separate workbooks than it would be to pay to have it initially bound and (adding in the additional expense of using my printer, ink, and paper) to make individual copies of each page for each of my children.
For those folks who know they’ll be binding a large quantity of books it may behoove them to purchase their own comb-binding machine.
***And don’t forget about the more personalized option to make hand-bound books for your special projects and gifts.