As homeschoolers, we’re pretty relaxed about “school supplies”. We just get them as we need them. However, my kids do enjoy having a couple of fun items, like pencils with cute patterns on them or binders with pictures or designs. This year for our homeschool coop, my 6th grader wanted a couple of pretty, decorative binders to use for her classes.
As we gathered our supplies and prepared for our first week of co-op, she asked me if I would allow her to find some pictures on the internet and design a cover for her literature class notebook. The class is using The Chronicles of Narnia as it’s spine, so she designed a cover using photos from the recent movies.
She was so pleased with the way it turned out that she asked if she could try another one! After finishing a second one, she told me she wanted to design her own covers for all three of her notebooks and told me I could return the one I had bought! She even helped her 8 year old brother design one for his co-op class.
The end results were really nice looking, and we were able to use binders we already had on hand (and cost much less than $5 apiece to begin with!). I’ve allowed the kids to draw a picture to put in the front of these binders before, and I’ve printed covers for myself, but I’d never thought to make something like my daughter came up with here. She didn’t want a “homemade” looking hand drawn cover and liked the pretty ones she’d seen at the store…but this way she was able to personalize each notebook for it’s specific class and the finished product looks neat and professional. We were both pleased with the results, and I sure didn’t mind not spending twice as much to buy a fancy one!