Should I laminate?

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  1. pwhatley

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    I've got all my (yellow) daily conduct, (purple) homework, and (blue) work in progress 2-pocket folders labeled (yippee!). Now I just have to decide if I'm gonna laminate them. They last soooo much longer if I do, but it's a hassle to cut them apart, then slice open the pockets... Ugh, this is the kind of tedious background work that drives me crazy! LOL
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    How much do they cost?

    Target has folders for 15 cents. So if I were to buy 3 for each of, say, 40 kids, it would cost under $20.

    Is it worth your time to laminate?
     
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    Actually, it makes them last soooo much longer. 6-year olds are tough on paper folders, lol! I'll probably get them laminated, because, although I probably have 3 of each per student, after school starts I won't be able to find them!
     
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    Laminate them. The cheapo folders fall apart after a week.
     
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    OK, easy decision then.

    Can you at least do the cutting in a nice air conditioned place-- maybe at home in front of the TV?
     
  7. CFClassroom

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    Staples tends to sell the nice plastic folders for .25 each year. They last all year.
     
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    I won't buy regular old folder...or use them. I buy a class set of plastic folders and they last all year easily.
     
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    Just buy some plastic folders.
     
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    Too late to buy the plastics - bought these at Walmart for 15 cents each - no staples here :(. I'll just get these laminated, especially since I already have them labeled, lol. Thanks, y'all!
     
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    walmart has plastic folders for $.50 each.

    I always have problems cutting pockets open when I laminate paper folders.
     
  12. teacherintexas

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    My plastic folders crack around December.

    The folders that lasted the longest were in packs at Office Depot. I laminated them with the thickest laminating film. They still looked good in May.

    I have to have 88 folders this year and I'm too lazy to do that many this summer.
     
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    :yeahthat::agreed:

    YES!!! Cutting the pockets after laminating is so frustrating! Buy the plastic folders!
     
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    Get an exacto knife. They work really well on opening pockets.
     

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