Keeping it Together with a Classroom Binding Machine

I know I've talked incessantly about my love of binders on here over the years. And, while they are still so appealing in their sleek, organized way...I have found a new true love this year.

My Pro-Click Binding Machine

I first learned about this beautiful tool on Reagan's blog, Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits: How Do You Spell?? (Reagan's blog makes me wish I taught a primary grade every time I read about her incredible ideas!)

I was not asked to advertise this product in any way and you know I only share the things I truly adore with you...and this is definitely one of them!

Maybe I should backtrack a teeny bit. You know those comb-binding machines many schools have? They're nice, but the combs never last. In our class, anyhow. This is a common occurrence over time:

And you know that just means those pages are going to start slipping out. 

Totally frustrating.

Which prompted me to hot glue each of the little combs closed, just so they wouldn't rip off. You can see it in this ancient post here: Publishing Student Books That Last! It worked, but you can imagine how tiresome this became over the years.

Needless to say, I was so excited at the prospect of a new binding machine. AND it was just cheap enough for me to spend some extra cash to get one for my classroom (ie no more waiting in line to bind!). I got my machine on Amazon for about $59 and the spines comes in a box of 45 for about $8.

It is SO worth the money.

Binding is such an easy (and more permanent!) process now. You can put in about 5 sheets at a time, line them up, and slide the lever to punch the holes:

The machine punches all these cool little circles: 

Then you just line up the binding and click each one closed (makes a satisfying little snap too!): 

And that's that! You have a lovely little book all bound and ready to go!

Do you know what the best part is? The bindings are super-strong and last all school year!

No more twisted and broken combs, no more pages falling out...it's a dream come true! (Can you imagine if a non-educator was reading this post...they'd probably be rolling their eyes! But you get what I mean, right?).

Though I could easily bind everything in sight (because I love it so) I do try to curb it a bit to avoid endless spine-purchasing. I use these for my students' Morphology Dictionaries, published writing pieces, and my daily checklists:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Instant-Checklists-1986258


I hope this was of some help if you did not know about this machine! It is simply wonderful for the classroom and would be an even better deal to purchase and share school wide.

Thanks so much for visiting! Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible teacher-mothers out there!!! :)

18 comments

  1. What a cool tool. I am adding this to my teacher wish list!

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  2. We used to have a larger one like this so the associate for our blind student could bind his books, but it moved on with him. I have one of the comb machines now, but I don't use it because I have 75 students, and I just didn't have the time or patience to do that many. I think it's lonely :(

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  3. It's so funny you are posting this! I was just talking to my friend this morning and getting one of these machines because I also hate the comb binding machine! I think you have convinced me to finally buy one! :)

    Alexis ♥ Laugh. Eat. Learn.

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  4. Oh, my. I completely dislike comb binding, too. Kristen, about how many pages can your new binding hold?

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  5. Perfect timing, Kristen! I bought something on the tpt sale that I want to bind but it's half sheets instead of whole. Are these cut-able or come in that size?

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  6. Thanks for sharing! When I click on the link for Amazon, it's $89! I'll have to keep an eye out for when it gets back to $49 because I most certainly want one. My kiddos loved your morphology dictionaries this year but the staples leave a lot to be desired because we are flipping around so much!

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    1. In three days, it's gone down in price by $12! Keeping my eye on it for sure! :)

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  7. OOOOOH! I don't mind the comb-binding machine too much, but this is great too! Our comb binder is broken and most likely will not get fixed or replaced. It will still punch holes, but the comb part--the most pain-staking part of the process--is "off". I may have to investigate this one because I NEED to bind some stuff, especially some of the things I buy off TpT!

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  8. Thanks for sharing about this new binding machine! I hadn't seen this before. Gotta share with my staff.

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  9. Hi Kristen, That's awesome- good find :) On another note, how different will the new morphology be then this year's? I finally had purchased it to use this year and the kiddos really liked it. But just wondering if I need to save up and get the newer version also?

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    1. Hi Kate! The newer version just has some more stucture with premade spelling lists. You can access the updates for free to check them out if you re-download Morphology Dictionary. I'm so glad your students liked it!!! :)

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  10. I love the idea of the binding for smaller units so I wouldn't have to have quite as many binders... what a nifty idea! Love it! I also think it'd be nice for some of my student's grammar and such like mentor sentences. Thanks for sharing I may have to add it to my wish list :)

    Amanda
    My Shoe String Life.

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  11. Thanks for sharing! This is on my wish list!

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  12. This is definitely going on my wish list. :) Thanks for the info.

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    1. I just picked this up yesterday! I'm in LOVE! Thanks for introducing me to this!

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  13. I am so glad I found this post! I like binding student books that the children take through the publishing process. I have found it to be frustrating when the binding comes apart. After reading your post, I purchased the binder so I could create Friday Journals for each of my students. I will also use this binder for spelling dictionaries, and as stated earlier, student created books.

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