Is Your Child Using A 3-Ring Binder For School? These Tricks Will Help


Consider the humble 3-ring binder. Invented by Friedrich Soennecken, a German, in 1886, the 3-ring binder has stood the test of time. But, are you really getting full use out of your 3-ring binder? If you can answer yes to the following four question groups, congratulations your are a Binder Nerd of the highest degree. If not, there is still time to change!

3-Ring Binder Hacks;

  1. Does your binder have a front and spine label? Labeling your notebook not only helps you to easily identify the contents, it’s a chance to personalize your work. Draw a picture for the cover. Try a fun font on the spine. Make it yours.
  2. Does the inside of your binder have pockets? And do those pockets contain a supply of reinforcements? (If you just asked what a reinforcement is you may need more help than this article can give you.) The plastic pockets built into the inside covers of binders are usually tight and not good for holding bulky papers. They do, however, provide a secure place for things like index labels, reinforcements and a thin ruler.
  3. Are the contents of your divider separated by sturdy, tabbed dividers? Are those tabs labeled clearly and correctly? Are the contents of each section placed into the binder with the oldest work on the bottom and the newest (and blank paper) on top? If not, you’re doing it wrong. If you are using a notebook for multiple subjects, keeping your subjects distinct goes a long way in keeping you organized. If your notebook is a single subject notebook, you have the chance to divide it into categories: notes, hand outs, syllabus, vocabulary, etc. Working from the bottom up with your notebook ensures that the pages get the least amount of wear and tear, thus reducing the amount you spend on reinforcements.
  4. Is your binder properly accessorized? Accessories count – in fashion and in notebooks. A sturdy pencil case can go a long way to helping students achieve optimum learning! Despite the vast number of special education resources available in every town and on the internet, one of the best ways to help all kids, learn is through the use of color. Often, children with special needs learn much faster (and easier) when utilizing different colors. So, along with your standard number 2 pencils, keep a supply of colored pencils/markers in your 3-ring binder. Use the colors to highlight, code and amplify important information.

Yep. The 3-ring binder is not so humble after all, is it? Treat yours with the respect and accessories it deserves and it will not let you down.

As parents, what tips and tricks do you use in order to keep your child’s 3-ring binder stocked AND ensure it’s use?

Please share in the comment section below.


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Luke Dalien

Author Luke Dalien has spent his life dedicated to helping others break the chains of normal so that they may live fulfilled lives. When he’s not busy creating books aimed to bring a smile to the faces of children, he and his amazing wife, Suzie, work tirelessly on their joint passion; helping children with special needs reach their excellence. Together, they founded an online tutoring and resource company, Poetry, which had been a personal endeavor of Luke’s for the better part of two decades, was mainly reserved for his beautiful wife, and their two amazing children, Lily and Alex. With several “subtle nudges” from his family, Luke finally decided to share his true passion in creativity with the world through his first children’s book series, “The Adventures Of The Silly Little Beaver."

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