Monday, May 25, 2009

Mini-Office Ideas

I've had a lot of questions about mini-offices. These are essentially reference books made by mom for the kids to take out.

I fold mine so they can unfold into a sort of cubicle. You can make them for many subjects. You essentially search out the best printables then glue them into the folders (usually a minimum of 4) then laminate the whole thing to protect them from grubby fingers.

Here's some ideas, I'll see if I can find some links to add in.

World Geography:
  • Bodies of water
  • Continents
  • State maps (different kinds - road, topagraphy, water, etc.)
  • United States maps
  • Flags (state and US)

Language Arts:

  • Parts of Speech
  • Alphabet (I used an exacto knife to make a pocket and put in the alphabet in sign language, cursive, chinese, etc.)
  • Days of the week
  • Months
  • Punctuation Chart
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Research writing rules
  • Types of writing


  • Addition / Subtraction / Multiplication Charts
  • Number Line
  • Clock (time)
  • Counting to 100
  • Basic coin chart
  • Number chart & Roman Numerals
  • Basic Charting
  • Problem Solving
  • Ruler
  • Skip counting chart
  • Area/Perimeter
  • Simple Shapes
  • Fractions
  • Liquid Measurement Equivalents

US Geography/History:

  • President Chart
  • State Abreviations
  • Timeline
  • State Nicknames/Fast Facts
  • Famous Americans
  • Native Americans (Sayings, History, Tribes, etc)
  • Morse Code
  • Major American Wars

Science - Notebook (as it's bigger and can hold different sections)


  • Planets
  • Earth
  • Solar System
  • Meteors
  • Satallites

Earth Studies:

  • Layers of the Earth
  • Volcanoes/Earth quakes
  • Rock Cycle
  • Water Cycle
  • Rainbows
  • Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

Great Pictures and ideas for lapbooks:

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