Printable Learning Folder for the Early Years

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Note: This Preschool Learning folder has been updated!  I’ve updated the fonts and graphics, optimized the cut-out pieces, added detailed instructions and tips, and also included new content including rhyme, plant life-cycle, and beginning word sounds.

 

 


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.  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 old 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.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  If you want to make this learning folder for your child, you can find the..DOWNLOAD HERE

 

This product has been updated with new graphics and more content!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Also available in Spanish!!! (Carpeta de Aprendizaje Preescolar)

 

Other Preschool Resources

 

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97 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 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!

    1. 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!

    2. 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!

    1. 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™‚

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. I’m so happy I came across this page ?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.

      1. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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

    1. 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. ?

  14. 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.

    1. 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! ?

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

    1. 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. ❀️

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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˜‰

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. This is PERFECT! I’ve been wanting to make one of these for my grandchildren, but was overwhelmed! You have saved me so much time, and this is better than anything I ever could have done! Thank you so much!

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