It has a super sharp blade so it easily cut through 10 sheets of paper at once. After you punch your paper, slide on a plastic binding comb, and pull down the handle. There's a small button on the far right side of the handle that locks the binding machine open so you can use both hands to line up your paper and easily slide it into the plastic comb. (They have plastic combs in many colors. Don't you love this blue? It was my daughter's favorite!)
Here's her first official book! She was so excited! She writes hundreds of books and has used everything from staples to string and anything else that she can find to bind it. With the comb binding machine, she said she finally got to make a real book. (It's going to be hard to get it away from her and take it school!)
A few things that I love about this binding machine:
1. It's lightweight, yet very durable.
2. It's so easy to use, my 6 year old daughter can use it.
3. It has a large paper tray that collects all of the paper pieces from the punches. It removes and replaces easily. (No smacking, yelling, or ugly words required!)
4. You can easily slide the little dial on the bottom of the binder to change the standard paper size. No more guessing if it's going to be centered.
|dial that adjusts for different paper sizes|
|My daughter making another book all by herself! (Yes, she had constant supervision!)|
So, how am I going to use this in my classroom? Here's a few ideas:
1. Students write and publish their own books on anything and everything.
2. Personal word walls.
3. Handwriting practice books.
4. Daily morning work for the week/month.
5. Weekly/monthly homework.
6. Parent communication notebook that I send home daily for parents to sign.
7. Writing/reading journals.
8. Math journals.