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Binder Books: The Ultimate Learning Tool

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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.

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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.


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    • says

      Thank you, Monica, for such an encouragement to me! I hope that you find that homeschooling is a wonderful thing. Let me know if you are looking for anything you can’t find and I will help to answer it on my blog.

      Blessing and joy!


  1. Katina says

    This sounds SUPER exciting! Thank you so much for sharing!! I am a BRAND NEW SUPER NEWBIE to the home school world. I think I have a vague idea of what lapbooking is – it involves manila file folders? – I’m not really sure what “notebooking” is thought. But I take it, this binder book idea is basically allowing you to create a lapbook that can be organized, sorted, and stored in 3-ring binders?

    Oh, and I don’t know if your readers might be interested in this, but currclick has a lapbook template from FlapJack Education Resources (it’s free at this time) http://www.currclick.com/product/44998/Free-Lapbooking-Templates?it=1

  2. Julie says

    I love this idea, and I just made one for our President’s Day lapbook. What I don’t like about lapbooks is trying to store them. I would rather be able to keep them in our notebooks, and this way, I can!!! Thanks so much!!!

  3. Andrea says

    What a clever idea! I found you through pinterest. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  4. Rachel R. says

    These are a great idea! We store our lapbooks in magazine files, so we haven’t had an issue as far as storage or keeping them together. But I’m still tucking this away for future reference!

  5. TuskyMama says

    My daughter is 18 month’s old. Where I come from everyone sends their child to some kind of daycare of nursery school at age one. I am really struggling with this and have recently decided to homeschool instead. Your site is such an inspiration. I am now following you on Pinterest and have bookmarked a lot of your articles for future reference. Any guidance on how to start homeschooling and what I can teach my daughter at this stage would be very helpful

  6. Susan says

    I thought I made up this idea! LOL Although I just buy 3-ring binders, make or buy whatever kind of dividers I need for the unit and organize our projects into it. My first one was a “bugs” unit I put together for my kindergartener last year. I loved the result and having a way to organize work as we went along, so we kept it up. For example, this year, we had one for the animal kingdom (with a section for every phylum), and I created my own calendar time book, with a handwriting section, and a section we do once a month in the back with graphing, etc. Now that we’ve finished the animal kingdom, I’m looking forward to prepping a notebook for our solar system unit. I always (even when she could barely form her letters) let my daughter decorate and write the titles of her notebooks on a colored piece of paper to slip in the clear front plastic outside. She loves having ownership of it.

    I love your idea, and when I saw it on Pinterest, I thought, “Is that the same as what I do?” And it is! I guess mine is just the lazy version. :) More power to ya!

  7. Caris says

    I’ve just been using construction paper in a 3 ring binder. I just turn the page to have my little girl add more on the back. I like the idea you have folding in the 3 pages. being able to unfold a story, era, science experiment is a neat thought. I also like that all most of the pieces are not expose to fall out or get caught on other things in the binder. And the outside pages could be copy work on the subject or a picture they colored for the subject. Again, so the pieces don’t get caught. Thank you so much for this great idea. You spelled it out in perfect DIY instruct too!