Binder Books: The Ultimate Learning Tool

At the beginning of our homeschooling journey, I began to implement Notebooking and Lapbooks into our Charlotte Mason homeschool. It didn't take me long to discover that Notebooking was awesome, but ‘choppy' in the way it was displayed within the notebook when you were doing more of a ‘unit study' approach and wanting more knowledge displayed within the notebook. We then moved to Lapbooking, which was an awesome way to get the full information together, displaying the results of a great ‘unit study'. The problem that I quickly identified was that Lapbooks were not easy to store within a Notebook, where I had desire to store them.

That is when the Binder Book was born, the ultimate learning tool.

There are so many ways you can use a Binder Book within your homeschooling, or just for fun.  Our favorite ways are in history, geography and nature.  Here are some suggestions from our own experience, to get you started on using this ultimate learning tool for any age:

  • World History – divide each Binder Book into a time period and fill it with the individual learning from each, World Wars
  • American History – divide each Binder Book into the 13 colonies, one for each President, during a time period of interest, American Wars
  • Geography – divide each Binder Book into the 7 continents, one for a place of interest, perhaps Egypt, Japan, Canada, Italy or break up the United States into the sections used in weather reporting and do one on each.
  • Nature – divide each Binder Book into studies of animals, perhaps on of birds, mammals, water creatures, dinosaurs, insects, etc. You could also divide earth science into sections and cover them in their own binder.

Get more ideas in the 10 Days of Journaling Ideas.

What you need to make the Binder Book: the Ultimate Learning Tool

  • 3 pieces of card stock for each binder book you desire to make
  • a 3-ring hole puncher
  • a paper cutter
  • clear tape – avoid dollar store tape because it rips very easy in this construction

See how I organize our Binder Book supplies.

Here is how you make the Binder Book: The Ultimate Learning Tool

Directions for making a Binder Book

Directions for binder books

  1. Using a three ringed hole puncher – punch holes on the left side of ONE of the card stock
  2. Using a paper cutter – cut ONE INCH off the left side of ONE of the card stock (7 1/2 by 11 inch)
  3. Using a paper cutter – cut ONE and a FOURTH INCH off the left side of ONE of the card stock (7 1/4  by 11 inch)
  4. Lay the card stock in this order, from left to right: hole punched, 7 1/2 by 11 inch, 7 1/4 by 11 inch
  5. Place them next to each other, and tape down the edges that are lined up together, be sure to leave a small gap to allow the Binder Book to fold up on itself
  6. Flip the three pieces of card stock over and apply tape down the edges on this side
  7. Flip it back over and fold it up, being sure to crease the edges well

We use a lot of Binder Books in our homeschooling, so I make a large stack of them during the summer. For some great ideas, follow my Binder Books Pinterest Board.