Printable Learning Folder for the Early Years

September 25, 2017 93 Comments

~This is Now a Paid Resource~

 

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)-Click the video right above the green preview button to watch.

 

Assembly

 

I really wanted this binder to withstand a three-year old boy. Therefore, I decided to laminate each page and use clear velcro to attach the movable pieces. (I used velcro tape for the larger pieces and used the velcro dots for the smaller pieces.)

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

 

 

 

Printable Download For You

Due to the troubles I had storing and maintaining this document as a free download, I’ve decided to put it into my tpt store for purchase only. Β Sorry for any inconvenience. Β If you want to make this learning folder for your child, you can find the..DOWNLOAD HERE

 

Happy Creating!😊

 

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93 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!

    • Reply

      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 ❀

    • Reply

      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.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      September 27, 2017

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

  4. Reply

    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!

    • Reply

      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!!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      September 28, 2017

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

  6. Reply

    Polly White

    September 28, 2017

    Thanks for the free resources.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      September 28, 2017

      You’re welcome! <3

  7. Reply

    [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™‚

    • Reply

      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!

    • Reply

      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?

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      October 6, 2017

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

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    Natalia

    October 23, 2017

    I’m so happy I came across this page πŸ™‚my 3yr old daughter loves learning new things we’ve been working on numbers, ABC’s, colors and shapes etc… She knows how to spell her name already “Soleil” I try to come up with fun creative ways of learning for her. She’s been asking to bring her “school work” lol with her while we’re on the go. This will be perfect!!! Thank you for the printable’s you did an awesome job.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      October 23, 2017

      Awesome! I love that your daughter will be able to get some good use from the Learning Folder! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words! <3 <3 <3

  11. Reply

    Yoti

    October 27, 2017

    This is exactly what I was looking for! thank you so much!!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      October 27, 2017

      awesome! You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

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    Dayna Adira

    October 31, 2017

    I wish I had a little one just so I can print it out!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      October 31, 2017

      πŸ™‚

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    Karen

    November 1, 2017

    This is AMAZING! Thank you!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      November 2, 2017

      You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

  14. Reply

    sephoravella

    November 10, 2017

    where can I get this freebie please?

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      November 10, 2017

      sign up in the ‘free printable’ box at the bottom of this post and it will take you directly to the file. πŸ™‚

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        Jenna

        February 8, 2018

        It won’t load. Just takes me to my AppStore so I can download Dropbox, which has been installed on my phone for ages. When I hit open it takes me to Dropbox but no file. Any other way to get this? Thank you so much!

        • Reply

          inspirethemom

          February 11, 2018

          This file needs to be opened on a computer.

  15. Reply

    Ruz

    November 10, 2017

    Thank you very much this will be very helpful with my three year old.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      November 11, 2017

      absolutely! <3

  16. Reply

    Alexis

    November 21, 2017

    Thank you thank you thank you! This is exactly what we needed, I look forward to introducing it to my son’s daily routine!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      November 23, 2017

      You’re welcome! I hope your son benefits immensely!😊

  17. Reply

    Christine

    November 23, 2017

    Hey I have 4 Special Ed kids and this would be perfect. It says I can only get one right. So do I need to get this 4x. Please help?

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      November 23, 2017

      Christine, Just download the file and print out a copy for each of your kids. 😊

  18. Reply

    KiraLee

    December 10, 2017

    Thank you so much!! I have just made the choice to home-school and this is fantastic!!! I see a tab for homeschooling that i will be exploring too.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      December 11, 2017

      Thats awesome! I hope your homeschool gets off to a wonderful start! <3

  19. Reply

    Eunice

    January 21, 2018

    This is truly fantastic!!!! I have children with special needs and this is exactly the kind of thing i have been looking for to do with them. Since it can be put in a binder, it also promotes their independence and its so bright and colorful and stimulating. They are going to love it!!!. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work with the community!!!! Amazing!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      January 22, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m so excited that you will be able to use it with your children! ❀️

  20. Reply

    Meeral

    January 25, 2018

    This is so helpful. My daughter has a speech and language disorder. I have all the information all the tools but i tend to get overwhelmed when i think of everything we need to do, these printables are easy and fun

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      January 29, 2018

      Awesome! So glad this will be useful to you! 😊

  21. Reply

    Kaci Strickland

    January 28, 2018

    I just want to thank you for sharing this. I have been looking for something like this for a while now. You are just wonderful for sharing this.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      January 29, 2018

      Sureβ€οΈπŸ‘

  22. Reply

    Ellie

    January 28, 2018

    Thank you so much! I was about to make something similar and appreciate your hard work!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      January 29, 2018

      You’re welcome! 😊

  23. Reply

    Darlene

    January 31, 2018

    For some reason I thought that the laminate ‘stuck’ to itself around the edges not the actual paper. I would have thought that if you laminate first and then cut that the laminate would come off…does it stick to the paper after you cut?

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      January 31, 2018

      If you are using thermal laminating pouches and a laminator they will stay together just fine. 😊

  24. Reply

    Rachelle

    February 1, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I love it!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 2, 2018

      Absolutely! 😊

  25. Reply

    Alyssa Flaskrud

    February 5, 2018

    please help i cant find the free printables box……

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 6, 2018

      It’s at the very bottom of the blog post. The box says ‘sign up for free printables’ and asks for your name and email. ❀️

  26. Reply

    Kyrstie

    February 6, 2018

    This is wonderful but I don’t see a box to download the printable file. Can I access it another way?

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 6, 2018

      At the bottom of the blog post there is a large box that says ‘Sign up for free printables.’ insert your first name and email and it take you directly to the file. Happy creating!

      • Reply

        Alyssa Flaskrud

        February 6, 2018

        I can imagine you were rolling your eyes at me Jessica. For some reason the box wasn’t showing up in my Chrome browser. I opened Safari and found it there but it just will not load in Chrome. Thanks for your help!

        • Reply

          inspirethemom

          February 6, 2018

          Not at all. tech stuff is inconsistent and doesn’t always work easily. Hope your little ones enjoy the folder. 😊

  27. Reply

    Jennifer

    February 12, 2018

    I love this learning folder! My son is 2 and loves doing puzzles, so this is a great beginning for him! He’ll be able to grow into the more difficult skills later. Great job!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 12, 2018

      Thank you! thats awesome! 😊

  28. Reply

    Hannah Thomson

    February 14, 2018

    Hi, this looks amazing. I have signed up and confirmed email. after that I get taken to a page saying there is an error and page no longer available. Have I missed the cut off to be able to receive this folder? Thanks

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 15, 2018

      It’s still available. Make sure you are opening it up on a PC. The file won’t open on a phone or iPad. If you are still having troubles, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a direct link to the file. 😊

  29. Reply

    Jessica

    February 15, 2018

    Thank you so much for the file! I just got through putting them in the pouches and will cut out and laminate the small parts tomorrow. Question though. I saw where you said you store the pieces in the corresponding page, but how? Paper clips or such? That’s the only thing I can think of and I’d be scared they’d fall off. That’s a TON of tiny pieces to get lost.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 16, 2018

      I keep each piece on the appropriate page using plenty of velcro. That works best for us in keeping it organized. When we he is ready to do a page we just remove the pieces and put them on again before moving on. Of course you are free to come up with a different system. (Also, make sure you laminate the full sheet before you do any cutting.) Enjoy! 😊

  30. Reply

    Julie Notis

    February 20, 2018

    THANK YOU SO MUCH TO SHARE THIS HARD WORK

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 22, 2018

      You’re welcome!

  31. Reply

    Holly

    February 27, 2018

    I’m not able to get into it on my laptop, is there a trick? πŸ™
    This looks so perfect!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      February 28, 2018

      No trick, it should work on your PC. Perhaps try opening it in another browser. If you are still having trouble you can send me an email and ill send you a direct link.

  32. Reply

    inspirethemom

    February 28, 2018

    Sorry for your trouble. Make sure you are opening it on a computer (not an iPhone or iPad). OR perhaps try to open it in another browser. If you have any more troubles go my contact form and email me, and I’ll send you a direct link.

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    Art R

    March 6, 2018

    πŸ™ I’ve opened this in Firefox, Explorer and Chrome but can’t get a “sign up for free printables” box to appear anywhere. My 2 & 3 year old girls would love a lot of the things on your pages!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      March 6, 2018

      I’m so sorry for your trouble. The box should be at the bottom of the post, not sure why it isn’t visible to you. You can send me an email, though my contact form and I’ll send you a direct link. ❀️

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    Marissa

    March 7, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing this book! I look forward to trying it with my children!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      March 8, 2018

      Awesome! You’re welcome!

  35. Reply

    Patricia

    March 10, 2018

    Thank you for all the hard work that you put into this packet, and for sharing. Will be using in my classroom.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      March 10, 2018

      You’re welcome!

  36. Reply

    aylam87Ayla

    March 26, 2018

    You are absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!
    This is fantastic!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      March 26, 2018

      ❀️❀️❀️

  37. Reply

    Marilyn Ketner

    March 27, 2018

    I just finished this binder for my 3 year old granddaughter, as a birthday present. Her parents were crazy about it. My son is a Fireman, so he is her care giver several days a week, and can work with her.
    I had some small ziploc type bags, so I labeled them with each of the lessons, and stored the cut out pieces in the bags. I then took about 6-7 bags, and put them in the pencil pouches that fit in 3 ring binders. It took 3 pencil pouches for all of them. I put 6-7 lesson bags, put them in the pencil pouch, then put that pouch after those lessons. I then did that with the rest of them. I bought a very colorful binder at Walmart, and since it was cardboard, not vinyl, I covered it with clear contact paper. Now it will stay clean forever!
    Thanks for offering this, as I had fun putting it together for my GD. Oh….forgot to mention…..I didn’t have a laminator, but found out you can laminate with your iron! I used a dry iron with a press cloth, on a medium heat. I experimented with a few pieces of paper to get the right temperature and how long to keep the iron in each spot. Turned out I could just move my iron slowly across the page and it laminated perfectly.
    Wanted to be sure to pass that on.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      March 27, 2018

      Wow! You are awesome! I love your idea and your innovative ways of pulling it off! Thank you so much for sharing! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘

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    Danessa

    April 5, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing this! My 2 year old daughter loves this! This binder has helped me alot!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      April 8, 2018

      Awesome! You’re welcome!

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    Melissa

    April 18, 2018

    What is the best approach you have developed for working with this binder? Do a few pages everyday? Likely you do not do the whole binder each day. Suggestions would be appreciated

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      April 20, 2018

      I usually let my son pick a few pages that interest him each morning. 😊

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    Gail

    April 21, 2018

    What a wonderful gift you’ve offered us. I teach the preschool Lab class at the high school. This will be a great resource for the high school-aged teachers to work with their preschooler. And a nice gift for the families at the end of the year.

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      inspirethemom

      April 24, 2018

      Thats awesome! πŸ‘

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    Dara

    April 28, 2018

    I absolutely LOVE this. I just wish some of the cut outs were bigger. I am the world’s worst cutter. Lol. But I will manage. πŸ˜‰

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      inspirethemom

      May 1, 2018

      I feel ya! The assembly was a little laborious πŸ˜† …But worth it!

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    Avis Snyder

    May 15, 2018

    Hi Jessica, thank you so much! This will be great for the children that I visit.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      May 15, 2018

      You’re welcome! ❀️

  43. Reply

    Amber Lop

    June 22, 2018

    Sucks I can’t see what all 53 pages look like. But I do love the idea. I’ve been trying to come up with something for my little one besides apps on a tablet or phone. Hope I can find a free version I can look at before printing. But love your idea. The 3 pages I can see look great.

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      June 23, 2018

      You can watch a video that shows the entire contents HERE.

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    Emily

    July 19, 2018

    Hi! I am excited to maybe buy this for my preschooler. I am having a hard time finding the video where you explain all the pages of the binder. When I click on the two links I found, it just takes me to tour TPT page and I can’t find the video there. Is it still available? Thanks!

    • Reply

      inspirethemom

      July 20, 2018

      Sometimes tpt makes you log in if you are on a phone. You should be able to view it from a computer.

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