There are so many Montessori language and Nomenclature materials that are put together in a 'booklet' format. It's not a problem if you're purchasing the expensive manufactured booklets, however when you're making the materials on your own, it can seem overwhelming.
With a little practice, you too can make long-lasting, functional booklets for your classroom or home environment. Read through our step-by-step 'how to' on binding a booklet.
It's worth the effort to have beautiful booklets like this:
What you need to bind your Montessori Nomenclature Books
You'll require the following materials:
regular paper for your printer
cardstock (which ever color you want your booklet pages to be)
scissors or paper trimmer (we recommend a paper trimmer)
laminating pouches (3mil is fine, 5mil makes the booklet super strong)
book binding machine (a manual one is sufficient, $60-$150)
plastic binding combs (size depends on how many pages you're binding)
How to bind your Nomenclature books
1. If you purchase a digital file from our store then you will print your booklet pages on to regular paper.
2. Cut out each page. Using glue sticks (do not use while glue) glue each individual page on to card stock. Be sure to flip the cardstock over to glue the next page on to the back. Remember, you need to glue the pages in booklet order!
3. Be sure to leave a little more room on the binding edge of the cards.
3. Place the cut and glued pages in to the laminating pouch. Be sure to leave space between the pages in order to seal each edge of the booklet pages.
4. Feed the pouches through the laminator.
5. Trim each page - leaving an edge around each page - otherwise the laminate can split open and peel off the page.
6. Haul out your book binding machine.
Ours is manual.
7. Slide in each booklet page one at a time to punch the binding holes.
Always try a sample page first so that you can make any adjustments necessary!
Be sure to feed the pages in on the correct edge (the binding edge).
8. Put all of the pages together in order, and line up the binding holes.
9. Place the binding comb on to the binding machine.
Binding comb set on the machine.
10. Stretch open the comb by pulling the handle down.
11. Place the booklet through the open teeth of the comb.
12. Close the comb teeth (by releasing the handle) and remove from the machine.
13. Trim off the extra bit of comb and you have a durable book!
If all that is too much preparation you can simply use duo-tangs to bind your pages together in book format.
Learn how to prepare and use duo-tangs/report covers here.
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