#1 Duplexing Laser Printer
The first product I ever bought for my homeschool was recommended by the lady who pioneered Hillbilly Housewife. For her homeschool, Old Fashioned Education, she printed free books and bound them herself. If the queen of frugality said I needed this product, then I was inclined to believe her. Laser printing doesn’t smear with the kids drip cereal milk on it, and the duplexing capability means saving paper without that “turn and flip” two sided printing that always confuses me. Additionally, for large amounts of black and white printing, toner beats the heck out of inkjet on price. (Click on the pick to check out the specs on Amazon.) If I only had one gadget for homeschool….this would be it.
#2: All-in-One Scanner, Copier, Printer
The ability to scan or copy charts is AWESOME. It makes everything reusable. Mine, you can plug your camera card into and do all your scanning without running back and forth to your computer. Additionally, this type of printers is easier on card stock. I use a lot of card stock! I only print in color for permanent manipulatives. Otherwise, I use the laser printer.
#3 Paper Trimmer
If you use art cards or meeting strips or print your own flashcards, you will wear this out! I burn through a blade on this thing every few months during the school year.
Again, if you’re addicted to manipulatives like me, this saves lots of time over contact paper. I don’t think it’s cheaper, though. The device itself is only $30, but you pay $15 at Walmart for every pack of 50 – 8×11″ sheets. Contact paper runs about 2.81/two-sided square foot. The laminator sleeves are 2.16/two-sided square foot. but, you’d have to go through 45 rolls of contact paper to overcome the cost of the laminator itself. I totally have gone through that much, I’m sure. So, like I said. If you laminate A LOT, this is awesome.
#5 Proclick Binding system
I HEART my Proclick, but it’s a total toy. I make notebooks all the time and feel that binders are cumbersome and less finished looking than a custom spiral notebook. I make each child a weekly notebook. I have a weekly school notebook. Then we have all the storage notebooks for work and art we need to keep. I make a LOT of notebooks.
And I’ve already had people ask me on my homeschool site how I open and close them. Below you can see the spines I buy. They are reclosable. they come with a little “zip tool” that makes opening and closing a snap.