Montessori Homeschool Laminator

A friend just asked me for an opinion on a laminator.

This is the laminator I bought for $150 in February of 2010. I thoroughly abuse this machine and it is now available on Amazon for $59 plus $11 shipping.

One of the great features of this machine is that it does not require the use of a “carrier sheet/pouch,” so there are fewer jams.  As a matter of fact, it has never really jammed up on us yet.

I use these laminating pouches with it, also available on Amazon.

Based on the number of pouches I’ve purchased, I’ve laminated over 3500 sheets of mostly 110lb cardstock.

I guess my husband is justified when he says that he has to be careful as he lives in fear of me laminating him!

I’ve never tried any other machine, but what I have seems to work well and the price is currently VERY good.

And in the interest of full disclosure, if you happen to purchase any of these products by using the hyperlinks you find on this page, we will earn a few pennies for our homeschool as we are part of the Amazon Associate program.

But this an honest product review and we did and do purchase all of these materials at full price from Amazon, each time we use them.

Happy laminating!




1st Five Items You Need to Start Montessori Homeschooling at the Elementary Level

In the little over a year that I’ve been homeschooling using Montessori Methodologies, I’ve learned quite a bit.  And there are things I wish someone would have told me before I started.  One of those things was which resources are worth my time and money.  Sure, there are lots of low to no cost materials available on the web.  And I do use those.  But there are a few “staples,” I wish someone would have recommended to me when I was first starting out on this journey.

Today, someone asked me what they needed to get started teaching using Montessori Elementary in their home.  This post is my feeble attempt to answer the question.  I’ve bought many things in the last year.  Some have been great, while others, well, simply not as great.   Below are the *first *five things I would purchase if I had to start over again.

1.)  Albums.  I’ve tried many and paid for some of them.  But hands down the best I’ve found so far are these F.REE Montessori albums .  I have found it helpful to print all of the albums and do so printing four sheets to a page so as to save paper as there are MANY pages here to print out.  When I need some of the resources in different sizes, I just print them out full size or as needed.

2.)  Paper based materials. For these I highly recommend the CD collection from http://www.MontessoriforEveryone.com.  It has just about everything you could possibly need on it.  The owner is a trained AMI AMS teacher who is presently homeschooling her children.  She is continuing to add more lower elementary materials on a monthly basis or at least updating things that needed updated.  If something you bought on the CD is updated, she invites you to request the updated .pdf at no charge.  And if you buy the CD, you receive a coupon code to purchase new .pdf’s at 50% off.

3.) A Resource for the Great Lessons. I truly love Miss Barbara’s Great Lesson CD.  Like the albums listed above, I have printed these materials out as well, 4 pages per sheet and print larger pages as needed.

4.)  Printer, laminater & paper cutter. There are lots of materials on these CD’s and lots of extensions that I make myself.  Some of them simply hold up better laminated.

5.)  Hole Punch, Book Rings & those really small rubber bands. I go through a lot of these.  Once you cut things apart, you need a way to manage them.  Rubber bands are great for things that are okay to have come apart.  Controls, however, are better suited for book rings.  Let’s face it.  Montessori work has lots of little pieces and parts.  And when some of these pieces and parts become separated, it’s just easier to have–stealing from the world of web-speak– the control be static…not dynamic in the hands of little people.

With these materials on hand, you’ve made a very good start.

In an upcoming post I will talk about long term storage and presentation storage of the work as well Montessori hard good suppliers.

In the interim, happy printing, laminating and paper cutting!