Surprising? Maybe. True? Most definitely. My home laminator is the best investment I have ever made in terms of Little Bean and Miss O's school supplies. I use it often, and it saves me a ton of money. My model heats up in just 6 minutes, and can handle up to a 5 mil paper thickness. It's quiet, efficient, and relatively small. The Fellowes Saturn 12.5 inch office laminator is not the cheapest one on the market, (nor the most expensive), but it has never let me down. I use these 3 mil sheets with it, and they work perfectly (these are the cheapest sheets on the market!).
So, what do I use my home laminator for?? The truth is, I use it for just about all of Little Bean's seat work, for homemade games, for Little Bean's self authored books, you name it, I'll laminate it. Before my home laminator entered my life, I was stingy with the worksheets because I didn't want to waste them on just one learning experience. Now, I just laminate the worksheets, and Little Bean can do them over and over again until he has them mastered. I just use a dry erase marker instead of a pencil, and a wet wipe to clean the sheets off. I also laminate my file folder games, activity packs and lapbooks. Really, considering the price of lamination at a school supply store or at Fed Ex Kinkos, this laminator is a wonderful investment. Not to mention I can laminate whenever I please!
Just a sample of things I laminate--these were just done tonight and still need to be cut out!
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