What is the Safest Laminator for Children?

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Laminators can be a fun and helpful tool around the house. You can make crafts with the kids or even create learning templates like flashcards and reusable dry erase worksheets.

But laminators, like any other machine, can be harmful without supervision. The average laminator can reach temperatures of 200 degrees!

Here are some helpful tips to ensure safe laminating:

1. Make sure your laminator has HeatGuard. This feature ensures that the exterior of the machine stays cool to the touch.

2. Make sure to unplug your laminator when you are finished using it. If you tend to be forgetful, get a laminator with Auto Shut-Off.

Here is a laminator with Auto-Shut Off

Here is a laminator with Heat Guard Technology

Flashcards help with learning languages

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Teaching Spanish with a Laminator

Language education always works better with teaching tools. Laminators allow educators to make useful flashcards that are durable and waterproof, sparing classroom budgets for more important things (like class trips to a Spanish restaurant!) In fact, 93% of all teachers say flashcards help students learn languages.

Here are some great flash card templates that can get teachers started introducing Spanish to students:

 

Months of the Year can be taught with these Spanish-English Month of the Year Flash Cards

Learning numbers in Spanish can be fun with these Spanish-English Counting Flash Cards

The names of animals in Spanish is a helpful approach to teaching young children Spanish. Use Animal Name Flash Cards  to make a game out of learning.

Learning words useful for travel makes that class trip more meaningful. Use Spanish-English Travel Flash Cards to get kids ready to speak fluently to the waiter at the Spanish restaurant.

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

 

Flash Cards Are Essential for Home Based Education

Keep Kids Learning with Homemade Flash Cards

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Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. So how can learning over the summer be fun?  Here are some fun homemade flash cards you can make in minutes with a laminator.

 

Try flashcards for basic English. These free downloadable templates can get young minds thinking.

 

Want kids to start Spanish? Try these fun and stimulating flash card templates.

 

For some kids, it will be their first day of school ever. Get them confident for preschool or kindergarten with alphabet flashcards.

If your kids struggle with math, these fun math flash cards make the subject accessible and fun.

Multiplication Flash Cards

Division Flash Cards

Addition Flash Cards

Subtraction Flash Cards

 

Some other helpful links:

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The Impact of Round Flashcards

 

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Study Reveals How to Make Better Flashcards for Learning

In a  study of by the Montessori Primary Classroom of laminated teaching materials, square vs. rounded flashcards were tested for their engagement among children.

Results showed that children were more likely to handle and interact with the rounded cards. The study came as a result of children pricking their fingers on square edge flashcards and thus tending not to use them.

On average, each classroom saw the rounded cards used 1.54 times more per day or 7.7 times more per week. Between 80% and 100% of responding teachers rated the rounded corner cards excellent in the measured areas.

The children in the study commented on the edge of the square cards as being “pokey” while no comments were made on the rounded corner cards.

In addition the study revealed that cards laminated thinner than 1.5 mil became difficult for children to pick up, leading to a greater thickness recommendation for flash cards overall.

“Teachers may improve student interest in and repeated use of card  materials if they use a laminate thicker than 1.5 mil and round the corners. Rounding the corners will not detract from the appeal or usability of the cards, will overcome the resistance some children stated to squared  corners, and will remove the tactile distraction of “pokey” corners,” Julia Volkman, Montessori Primary Classroom Researcher

Get free flash card templates here: Free Flash card templates

See the videos for using laminated teaching materials in class: Video Demo

Recommended 5 Mil classroom laminator: The Saturn