Q & A: What About Large Items?

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math notebooking poster in sleeve protector

a huge fax paper math activity inside a page protector

Q: What about large items? How do I fit papers that are larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches into our notebooks?

For example, we like to make timelines and maps on large sheets of paper. Once we used a roll of fax paper for a number line. How can those oversized projects be used in notebooking?

A: There are several ways to fit big things into your notebooks.

  1. Fold them in half or accordion style, being sure to leave the hole-punched margin free of any obstructions.
  2. Fold them and put them into a page protector, an envelope, or a pocket.
  3. Fold them in half or fourths and affix the back of the folded items to a sheet of hole-punched cardstock so they can be unfolded.
  4. Take a photo of the item and include it in your notebook rather than the actual object.

How about you? What are ways that you fit oversize objects into your homeschool notebooks?

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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Nadene Reply

We have taken a photo of our 3D projects, then cut out the top/ or front ot the item and glued this to a page with the photo.

We’ve even squashed a paper castle flat and glued it in the lapbook. Although it is bulky, it can be opened up again.

Julie Reply

We’ve done most like you’ve listed. With some long maps we folded, hole punched one side (through fold) and it could still be opened without hanging out the sides.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom Reply

We take photos of larger projects or messy projects like oil pastels, oil paintings, Lego projects, and models. After 12 years of storage, I have come to realize that not every project needs to be documented. I have started using thumbnail images for a lot of projects (like Lego projects) and printing it out at the end of the term to insert as a sort of index in the boys’ notebooks.

If we think we will use the items again, like a timeline or the periodic table, then it gets special treatment..usually slipped into a page protector.

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