I went looking for a binder today in which to collect our Private Eye sheets, so it needed to fit a half page, 5.5 x 8.5 in. Staples does have a "memo binder" that is the right size with a 1" ring. They carry a $3.79 version and a clear-view $5.99 version, both of which I thought was rather pricey for a small binder.
After I went to Walmart, and they happened to have the Franklin Covey planners on clearance, and probably because it is the end of the school year other retailers may have similar clearances. I was able to get a zipper-close leather binder for under $6, and it included a ruler and two pouches, as well as various dividers and pages, most of which I will discard.
The significant down-side to this great bargain is the need for a 7-hole punch compatible with the planner system. Franklin-Covey sells a metal one for over $20 that I was not about to buy, especially when I would be punching at most 3 pages at a time! I searched Amazon and found one through a third party vendor that was slim and would fit into the binder itself. My plan is to use the dividers and keep completed sheets for all three kids in the binder.
As it turns out, instead of discarding all the pages, I kept one to use as a template that I place over our nature sheets and then use a pencil to trace the seven holes. I was able to use a standard hole punch to punch through three folded 28# sheets together by lining up the punch with the drawn circles. Works for me!
We study nature through a loupe and draw what we see. We compare and contrast, make analogies, and consider why things are structured as they are. This simple process opens the door to scientific investigation, richer writing, and creative art. See The Basic Steps to find out how.
Primarily I am a Catholic homeschooling mom to 3 boys with a Charlotte Mason educational philosophy. I teach for Homeschool Connections and I'm a community college paramedic instructor. I spent 16 years as a physician assistant in a busy emergency department.
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Parents, teach your children to see nature, respect and protect it as a magnificent gift that presents to us the grandeur of the Creator! In speaking in parables, Jesus used the language of nature to explain to his disciples the mysteries of the Kingdom. May the images he uses become familiar to us! Let us remember that the divine reality is hidden in our daily lives like the seed in the soil. May it bear fruit in us!