Printable Learning Folder for the Early Years

September 25, 2017 20 Comments

The smoke from all the fires is finally starting to clear out of our area, and the Oregon rain is moving back in.Β Our regularly scheduled events are back in motion and the start of our home school year has begun.
I could not be more excited to home school. It’s been so exciting planning out our daughter’s first year.

We’ve chosen a literacy-based style which will hopefully lay a positive and enjoyable foundation for her education. Β We plan on spending a lot of time reading and exploring outside with the exception of a few small segments of handwriting and math which we’ll sit at the table for.

To include my three-year oldΒ as much as possible, I decided I would make him his own binder to work through for those moments we are sitting around the table getting some structured work in.

So far, it’s working wonderfully.

We are almost a month into our schooling and he still grabs it every morning when Jovie heads to the table for her handwriting. And the best part is that he is learning as well!

 

The Learning Folder

 

Now, I thought this was a brilliant idea until I made the first few pages, then I realized this was a much bigger task than I had anticipated. πŸ˜‰

What I was thinking would take a few nap times turned into quite the project. A month later and some change…I finished it.

Although it took longer than I had anticipated, the end result was pretty pleasing. It turned out cute and my son loves it.

 

Age Appropriateness

 

I made this folder with my three-year old in mind, as well as a few topics that I knew I would be covering with my preschooler this year.

The folder is organized with the easiest pages toward the beginning and then progressing to the back with more challenging topics like money and time.

 

Topics covered

 

When I sat down to make a list of the topics, I realized that the possibilities were endless. After much deliberation, I settled for the ones that would work best with my kiddos. The topics included are:

  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Sizes
  • Alphabet
  • Letter Recognition
  • Vowel Sounds
  • Numbers and Counting
  • Calendar
  • Weather/Seasons
  • Phone Number
  • Clock/Time
  • Money
  • Skip Counting
  • The Five Senses
  • Parts of a Flower

(Here’s a quick video of the all the contents)

 

Assembly

 

I really wanted this binder to withstand a three-year old boy. Therefore, I decided to laminate each page and use velcro to attach the movable pieces.

Once again, a little more work upfront, but well worth it. Assembly materials used:

 

Free Printable For You

 

Lets be honest, every time I see this folder on my desktop I remember how much work went into this. Ha! If there is even one other mama that could use it, I feel like I could justify the time spent. πŸ™‚

Sign up for this Learning Folder below and enjoy!

Printing: Every printer is different so colors may not be exact. Make sure you set your page orientation to landscape before printing.

P.S. This download is for personal use ONLY. Therefore, you agree that you will not alter, sell, reproduce, modify, or publicly display any content except for personal, non-commercial use. (The full disclosure is contained within the printable file.)

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20 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lenae

    September 25, 2017

    Okay Jessica, this is incredible. Mine is quickly hand drawn. I LOVE this! And now that I have a working printer again, I will be making lots of new pages. Thanks!

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      inspirethemom

      September 26, 2017

      Thanks Lenae! I had you in mind when I was making this! You gave me a great starting point, and If I had your drawing abilities I would have hand-drawn it too! I had a ton more ideas, but the time just wasnt there. lol. Make sure you show me how yours is coming along. Love you, Friend!

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      Elizabeth

      September 30, 2017

      Thank you thank you thank you!! I’ve been searching for something to work with my son and daughter for awhile now and this is exactly what I needed – bless you th heart for putting it out there to help other moms!

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        inspirethemom

        September 30, 2017

        Yay! Thats awesome! Thank you for the kind words! Hope its a great resource for your little ones! πŸ™‚

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    rhythminlife

    September 25, 2017

    Perfectly elaborate!. I think it can be easy to leave out the little one when trying to stay on point with the oldest when homeschooling. I like your folder ❀

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      inspirethemom

      September 26, 2017

      Thanks Susan! Mine are pretty close in age, so the time I need to spend with his older sister is pretty short making this type of thing quite practical in our situation. πŸ™‚ Hope your school year is going well! πŸ™‚

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    Terrigirl2017

    September 26, 2017

    Hi Jessica, I am glad things are getting back to normal for you! Home schooling must be such fun! Most of us don’t get the chance to be our kids primary teacher. I am so happy for you that you can do it! And it is nice your son can learn at his pace too , and has a will to learn. It looks like a cute learning topic list, and important things for him to know. Haha , you do need to make the folder 3 yr old boy proof! I know. I will hopefully get to download later. Thank you so much , you are such a helpful friend to think of us all! Hugs, Terri xo.

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      inspirethemom

      September 27, 2017

      Thanks Terri! Hope you are having a great week and enjoying the fall season! <3

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    thisgratefulmama

    September 27, 2017

    What a great idea to laminate this! Isn’t it true that sometimes what we think are small projects at first take the most time? This seems like it was worth the extra thought and effort! Thank you for sharing!

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      inspirethemom

      September 28, 2017

      lol, yes! I didnt calculate that one very well. Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by! <3

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    Dianna

    September 27, 2017

    How wonderful that you include your son. I’m so happy the fires are getting under control and the smoke is gone from where we live!!

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      inspirethemom

      September 28, 2017

      Yes! I’m so thankful for breathable air! πŸ™‚

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    Polly White

    September 28, 2017

    Thanks for the free resources.

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      inspirethemom

      September 28, 2017

      You’re welcome! <3

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    [email protected]

    September 28, 2017

    I’m putting together a bunch of stuff to print and laminate at FedExβ€”I think I’ll need to add this! How nice this is! Very well done. Thanks πŸ™‚

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      inspirethemom

      September 28, 2017

      Haha! Sweet! πŸ™‚

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    Katherine Benfante

    October 1, 2017

    Jessica, this is INCREDIBLE!! Thank you for sharing what took you much time. It is beyond awesome. I think my 4yo would benefit from this, too – the money and time concepts are hard, as are the order of the days and months. I think I’ll make this for her and then pass it on to her (very bright and eager) 20mo sister when she’s ready.
    I am truly in awe of you homeschooling mamas. Very creative.
    I’m glad things are getting back to normal for you – fires are scary!

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      inspirethemom

      October 2, 2017

      Awesome! Thanks for all the sweet words! I’m glad you might get some use from this as well. πŸ™‚

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    Kimberly

    October 5, 2017

    Thank you this is really well done. How are you storing all the pieces?

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      inspirethemom

      October 6, 2017

      Thank you! I just keep them attached to the appropriate pages. πŸ™‚

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