Labooking of any kind can frequently be a bit of an organizational nightmare.
- Do you print out all the pages ahead of time? Or day by day?
- What do you do with all the mini-books before they’re glued into the final project?
- How do you keep the pages/books organize by day/subject?
- What if I have more than one lapbook topic going at one time?
Recently at StuffMart I found a fantastic organizational tool, the 8 Pocket Organizer:
The cover of mine is a little scuffed up, but that’s because I love it! It has a tough plastic cover, and a neat little elastic closure. I love the fact that you can secure it closed because that makes it SO much easier to toss it around when I’m cleaning off the kitchen table for dinner. *lol* Oh, and makes it very portable too.
Inside there are a total of eight pockets that can hold full sized 8.5×11 sheets of paper. The inside “pages” are also made of plastic, but not as stiff as the cover. Each pocket also has a smaller pocket attached to the front, which is PERFECT for storing the smaller bits of your labook before it’s all glued together. The cover small pockets are not see-through, but the rest of the pockets are. That makes it easy to find things quickly.
I loosely organize my pockets by subject and day, based on the FIAR schedule I use in our homeschool. I don’t generally use the very first and last pockets just because I like the see-through ones better. So my organizer is broken down somewhat like this:
- Monday – Social Studies (includes history, geography, etc.)
- Tuesday – Language Arts/Character Traits
- Wednesday – Art/Music/Creativi-Tea Party (FAIR and CM)
- Thursday – Math
- Friday – Science
I like organizing it this way because I know I can just grab the folder and be ready for the day. However, if I skip a day, or run out of time it’s easy for me to catch up since it’s also organized by subject.
I have a total of four of these organizers. One for the current lapbook we are working on; one as a backup in case I don’t get the previous weeks all glued together and need to store it until I can find the time; a blue one for me to keep things I need to have at my fingertips for school; and a fourth one just because I love ’em so much. (You know, in case I have an organizational emergency that ONLY an 8 pocket folder can fix. *snork* )
I don’t know if Wally World carries these all year ’round. But I found mine in the office supply section for about $5. They came in blue, green and purple. I haven’t been able to find a place to order them online. (hmmmm….maybe I should pick up a few more in case they are discontinued. Yeah…that’s it! *lol*)