When using workbooks/sheets, do you use the original or make a copy and use the copy? (portfolio) - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 13 Old 08-19-2008, 01:23 PM - Thread Starter
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For math and writing workbooks and tear off sheets, do you make a copy and use the copy or tear off the original sheet and use it? I saw a one person who copied and have her son use the copy version and save the book untouched however I don't have a copier or scanner and was wondering what I should do.
For saving the sheets in the portfolio, which method do you use?
If you use the copies, what do you do with the book? Is it worth saving them for the next child (in 3-4 years for me)?

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When we put together DS's portfolio, we sent in the original of anything we didn't care about keeping and copies of anything we did. For example, the orginals of his math were sent in, but any really good writing we copied.
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It depends. We have two workbooks this year we won't be writing in. It's cheaper to make the few copies needed. Things like math...it costs as much to make the copies as it does to buy a brand new workbook (or more!) so no, we won't. I would only make copies to be able to resell/reuse the book, but if I'm paying double the price to make back 1/4...that's pretty bad math no matter how you look at it.
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I guess I didn't really do the math . I make copies, since DD is right on DS's tail. This year she's using his workbook from last year, so I just started making copies so we'd have the workbooks to reuse.

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If you're paying to make copies, it can end up costing more to make copies than to just buy the book again for the next child.

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If it is something that is cheap and readily available, I just use the originals. But if it is a workbook that is hard to get or expensive then I make copies and save the workbook.

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If it's less than $20 I use the workbook, more than $20 I make copies.

Anymore, I almost always use the workbooks- copies are expensive! I have a inkjet all in one that I can use, but the ink drives me nuts- it dries out before it runs out and costs a fortune to replace. I also have a cheap black and white laser, but it's a pain to scan with one thing, save, send to the printer for every page. And as far as going somewhere to make copies, no thanks. I'll just buy another cheap workbook!

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This year I've bought page protectors that open on the side, and plan to have my ds use a dry erase marker, so we can use the books again with dd in a couple years, and then sell. I'm not usually so frugal, but these workbooks look like he could breeze through several pages, with little or no writing (k level math), so we'll see how it works. That doesn't help in terms of portfolio, though.
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I used to use originals. However, I just bought some expensive workbooks and I would like to reuse them for my younger dc. It's expensive enough buying stuff for one kid and I can't imagine what it will cost to buy for 2 and then 3. So, I'd like to save my workbooks now. I don't have a scanner/copier right now....so I'll be going to the library or Kinkos(or the like) to make copies. I've told DH that I want a copier/scanner asap.
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I, too, use the originals: It costs too much to make copies.

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I use the originals and buy the workbooks again for the littler one. Copies are too expensive and the workbooks I buy usually aren't terribly costly.

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I read that it is illegal to make copies of consumable items like workbooks, even for personal use. So we just write in the workbooks. I've never had to make a portfolio, though. I imagine copying a worksheet that has already been filled out is different than copying the sheets to enable multiple uses or resale.
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I make copies of things that I will be able to use with a younger sibling but the youngest writes in hers.
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