I am so excited to share about this particular company and product line as the family has been on the TOS Homeschool Crew with us for the past 3 years. Pear Educational Products is based in Michigan and is offering a wonderful line of lapbooking/notebooking products for homeschooling and beyond.
We’ve been lapbooking in our homeschool for a few years (in spurts as the boys can only handle so much at a time.) When it comes time to putting together our lapbook, we sometimes have struggled with how we want the finished product to be. Refolding manila file folders is one path we have chosen for smaller projects. Larger ones (like our year long study of astronomy) had way too many booklets for a single or double file folder set up. Booklets ended up being placed on cardstock that was 3-hole punched and put into a binder. That astronomy study needed a 2 1/2 inch binder to hold it all!
Refolding file folders still leaves you with creases that can drive some of us perfectionist types to distraction. Binders full of pages works okay, but still lends a temporary feel to the finished product with the chance it will all be recycled greatly increased.
The family behind Pear Educational Products listened to the desire of some homeschoolers to have a more polished looking finished product. Now you can have the folders without unsightly creasing or a spiral bound notebook to hold your mini-books and more.
If you like the look of the folded pages most often associated with lapbooks, you can choose a basic or extended fold-up project base. You can also purchase adhesive strips that attach to the base for placement in a binder if that’s your preferred method for corralling lapbooks.
Spiral bound project books give the polished notebook look. They offer 3 different sizes (6”x8”; 9 1/2”x11”; 12”x12”) with the larger ones having a double sided pocket at the back. Below you can see P putting mini-books from his physical science survey class into the middle sized project book.
I decided that rather than insert several photos that may or may not show the fluidity of the project bases I would do a video. Pardon it’s non-professional appearance (it’s my attempt to enter vlogging, I suppose.)
What I love is that each of these products is kept affordable for homeschooling families. The project bases are sold in sets of 5 for $7.95 (basic) or $9.95 (extended). Adhesive strips for the bases run $3.75 for 10. The project books range in price from $3.25 for the small one to $6.95 for the largest.
I will confess that we have not used all of the products so far. But, I know that shortly into the fall I might have boys fighting disagreeing over who gets to have which product to hold their mini-book studies. And, I’ll need to figure out my shopping list for projects we plan to do this school year.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was sent one of each product offered by Pear Educational Products in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was provided and opinions are our own.