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School is back in session and my children are SWAMPED with activities and homework. My daughter just started her first year of high school and her schedule is packed with so many things to do she’s having a hard time keeping track of it all. To help avoid forgetting important homework assignments I made her a printable weekly homework planner using Scotch™ Laminating products.
How to Create the Perfect Homework Station
Creating a homework station for kids is a great idea. It helps them stay organized and on task. You can keep this extremely simple or you can make their homework area fun and inspiring, it’s up to you. I opted for colorful and happy but well organized and it fits in well with my daughter’s room decor.
What you’ll need for your homework station:
- a desk or a work area
- paper or notebooks for notes or working through problems
- a calculator
- 3×3 Post-it® Super Sticky Notes
- Post-it® Flags
- Post-it® Page Markers
- one of my 4 printable weekly homework planners (download links below)
- Scotch™ Thermal Laminator & Scotch™ Thermal Pouches (letter size)
- Other items you may want to keep at your homework station: a ruler, highlighters, a calendar, computer, etc.
I found just about everything I needed, including my Scotch™ Thermal Laminating products and Post-it Notes at Walmart.
You can download the weekly planners I created (shown below) here:
Blue & Yellow Weekly Homework Planner- Download
Colorful Chevron Stripes- Download
Teal Stars- Download
“So many plans, so little time!” (Perfect little weekly planner for the home)- Download
Once you have your weekly planner printed out, follow these directions below for creating the perfect laminated homework planner. Laminating your weekly planner will keep it lasting longer so you aren’t always having to print new ones and I’ve designed them to work easily with the Post-it® Page Markers. Post-it® Notes are perfect as they stick securely, yet removes cleanly and easily.
How to Use the Scotch™ Thermal Laminator and Laminating Pouches
While I’ll show you how to use the Scotch™ Thermal laminator, and it is extremely easy to use, I still recommend reading the instruction manual. It’s short, sweet, and simple but helps you get a flawless laminated paper every time.
Begin by plugging in and pressing the power button. For the particular printed planner, on regular printer paper, I kept my setting at 3 mil. It can take a couple minutes for the machine to warm up but when it’s ready the “Ready” light will light up.
Open your thermal laminating pouch and insert your printed homework planner inside. I tried to center the paper in the pouch and then folded the laminating pouch back over. DO NOT cut your pouch before laminating because it may make your laminator jam up. If you wish to cut around what you’re laminating, do it AFTER you’ve laminated it. I didn’t find a need to cut my papers at all as standard printer paper fit perfectly into the letter sized pouches.
Place your pouch crease side first into the laminator feeder so that it goes in straight.
When it comes out you’re all done! It’s that easy! I laminated a few papers back to back and each one came out perfectly! Had I known how easy it was to use these I’d have gotten a laminator ages ago.
I’ve shared how I’m using Scotch™ Laminating Products to get ready for Back-to-School! What project are you planning to use them for?