I went back to school shopping. No, it wasn't for new clothes. I bought a new laminator and I am giddy with excitement. Please tell me I'm not alone in getting excited about things like this (please).
Here is my new little toy - a Scotch Thermal Laminator.
So, what does a teacher who just received a present in the mail do? She acts like it's Christmas morning, opens the gift, and immediately puts it to work.
Have you seen this pin?
Source: First Grade Fresh
Well, I tracked it down and bought it last spring. It's called Silly Sentences for Word Work. You can read more about it here.
My kiddos loved creating silly sentences last year. This year I wanted to do this product justice so I went full out with printing on cardstock, mounting on color-coded paper, and now it was time to laminate. Here were four of my starting stacks (yes, I'm annoyed that I didn't notice the cards were facing different directions when I took the picture):
My laminator came with several of the laminating pouches, but I also purchased a large box of letter-sized pouches, too. The pouches have one closed side on the bottom. I opened it up, laid down my cards, and closed it back up.
Since it was the first run, I was super careful and slow. Once you get the pouch lined up right, the laminator grabs it gently and guides it through - no pushing or pulling needed.
Now, remember how I said I was being super careful? Well, let me be honest. I assumed the pouches had a slightly sticky/tacky surface on the inside to help hold the papers in place. I was WRONG. Just another reason I shouldn't make assumptions. So, in my rush to get going, this happened:
We all know how frustrating this can be. Oh, and I should mention that I DO know that the laminating pouches come in different sizes for smaller pieces. I also think the larger pouches are more cost-efficient (and teachers are on a tight budget).
Luckily my husband (an engineer) helped me make some adjustments to make it work a little more smoothly. He used some of his books to tilt the laminator up and extend the loading zone in the back to be more flat. This keeps the smaller pieces from sliding around as the pouch enters the laminator.
Now comes the fun part. Trying to get all of my freshly laminated pouches cut without getting the dreaded pain in my thumb and fingers from using the scissors so much! Wish me luck with all of this cutting!