You know, I really went round and round with myself about the title of this post. Every homeschool mom needs a laminator. It’s like the VeggieTale song. “Everybody has a water buffalo, yours is fast but mine is slow. Oh everybody has…” Archie interrupts, because of course not everyone truly has a water buffalo. Or a baby kangaroo.
Or in this case, not every homeschool mom has or can afford to purchase a laminator.
But, at the end of the day, I came back to this title. Because a Scotch Laminator is a pretty affordable tool that I think will save you money in the long run.
So – we are kicking off a big BACK TO HOMESCHOOL series of posts and fabulous giveaways by giving away a Scotch Laminator, 50 Laminator Pouches, and a pile of Post It Notes and Tabs to one blessed homeschool mom.
Before we get to that, I’ll leave you with ten reasons I think every homeschool mom should invest in a laminator. There are probably more reasons. I could probably write a Cheeseburger Song for my laminator. It makes me happy. But I’ll stick to ten.
- Laminators make all the things pretty. Laminate all the things! Charts and schedules and book lists. Oh my! They are all improved in appearance when they have shiny lamination film applied.
- Laminators keep all the things clean. Charts and schedules and pretty posters get touched. By dirty hands. Or dirty feet. (Don’t ask.) Or even mouths. But if you laminate all the things you don’t have to worry about that!
- Laminators keep all the things flat. No bent corners. No crumpled edges. Nice and neatly flat.
- Laminators make the things you need to hang on the wall REMOVABLE. Once laminated, you can hang up that poster with a removable command adhesive strip and your poster will come off the wall unharmed. Ready for next year. And hopefully, your paint will stay put as well.
- Laminated things don’t mind being written on with write-on/wipe-off markers or crayons. Wow. Just think of the possibilities. You can laminate your own little whiteboard sheets at a fraction of the cost! You can laminate chore charts and use them every single week for a whole year. Sweet.
- Laminated things can be three-hole punched and placed in notebooks. (Three-hole punch the paper first, and then laminate. Use a regular hole punch to then punch out the lamination so you make sure it lines up nice. My three-hole punch is heavy duty, but it doesn’t like to punch through lamination and paper both at the same time.)
- Laminated paper makes great labels and tags. Just laminate, attach with double sided sticky tape and you are good to go.
- Laminated things can be cleaned. This is similar to #2, but slightly different. Let’s say you have laminated Johnny’s special art. You dump coffee on it. You wipe it off. You go on with life. No tears. Without lamination, you’d be throwing Johnny’s awesome artwork away.
- Kids love to LAMINATE their stuff. I don’t know exactly why, but it makes my kids happy when I pull out the laminator. Almost as happy as it makes me. “Oh mom, you’re laminating? Hold on, I’ve been saving something for this. It NEEEEEEDS to be laminated.” or. . . “Mom, when are you going to use that one machine again that makes paper turn into plastic?”
- Laminated things last way longer. They’re virtually indestructible and can be used over and over to your heart’s content.
So a couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about goal setting with visual story boards, and as part of that post, I had to go buy a laminator. But guess what? I already had a Scotch laminator that I use all the time. So now I have two. And because I love you, and I’d love to gift one of you this awesome tool, I’m giving away my extra one.
Here’s the deal. Winners need to be 18 years old or older, living within the United States, obey all the related laws in their state of residence, and respond within 48 hours to the email notification of winning. For this reason, please use a valid email address that you actually check. You will NOT be added to my newsletter list by entering this giveaway.