Q & A: What About Small Items?

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Q:  What about items that are too small to hole punch for the notebook? How can we put them into the notebook?

A: There are two main ways to get small things into your notebooks:

science minibooks 1.  Affix them to something you can hole punch, namely cardstock.

You can use paper, but remember that the thickness of your base needs to be at least as thick as the item you are pasting on. If your base if too flimsy, the holes will rip through.

Glues or photo corners are options for affixing the small items.

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2.  Insert them into a page protector or pocket which does have holes.

(Make your own pockets with repurposed manila envelopes.)

Please share your ideas for keeping small things inside a homeschool notebook.

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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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Julie Reply

Sometimes we make small pockets for smaller removable items by folding cardstock or paper, depending on what your putting in the pocket.

Nadene Reply

I use small ziplock baggies and tape the side with duct tape, punch it, and “Viola!” into the file! What is nice about this method is that we can see what is inside. 🙂

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