Or rather, a cut-OUT... hmm; a “cutter-outer”?
Whatever you call it, it's true: I cut out the pages of workbooks, whether they're designed to come out or not.
Sometimes, it's so I can save the page in our big binder, and sometimes (as with our JUMP Math text) it's because the book is too thick to write on the reverse side of the bent-backwards pages.
Explode the Code isn’t unwieldy, but I have started enjoying the feeling of watching the book get noticeably smaller with each lesson done. I think it gives Naomi a sense that we’re accomplishing something important; indeed, today was our first day in Book 2!!!
Here are the books, all ready for tomorrow’s learning.
And ZIP! A swish of my brand-new exacto-type knife and they’re FREE! Shiny, nice, easy to use and file afterwards.
Two books I DON’T cut: Handwriting Without Tears and Kriyah v’Od.
The books open up nicely, and in the case of the Hebrew book, it’s mostly reading and not very much writing. So those books come out at lesson time. Almost everything else, I try to stick on Naomi’s clipboard the night before, and then in the morning, we’re ready to wrock and wroll! (sorry, we were practicing silent letters today!)
I haven’t written about the clipboard at all, but it has been a lifesaver over the last few months. Just a VERY plain vanilla clipboard. It’s where I store our current skip-counting worksheets (see this post – scroll down – for an explanation), this week’s parsha narrative, and any other pages that we need to (try to!) get to in the next couple of days.
It’s a little like workboxes; in theory, when we’re finished every piece of paper on the clipboard, we’re done. It doesn’t include stuff like reading, but still… it seems to do the trick in terms of holding and organizing our paperwork – for now.
Do you cut up any of your workbooks and other resources? Which ones? How do you store them (IF you store them!) when you’re done? Do you save workbook pages from year to year? I’d love to hear about it!