Looking for innovative solutions to your homeschool notebooking needs? Roaring Spring Paper Products is a manufacturer of high quality school and office supplies to fit your needs. I recently had the opportunity to try out a selection of their offerings.
The one consistent feature I love is the way the spiral coil is locked around itself---no danger of it spinning out and it’s unlikely to get caught and snag you or your clothes (I hate it when that happens, and it seems to happen with most of the other coil-bound notebooks I’ve used).
<----Cheap notebook on top, Roaring Spring notebook on bottom.
Let’s take a closer look at the samples I received from Roaring Springs.
The Genesis line of spiral-bound notebooks is a green alternative, with durable vinyl covers and pages made from recycled paper or sustainable sugar cane. Pages are perforated for easy, clean removal.
Genesis Shades notebooks have colored pages in your choice of 4 different vibrant shades. Here’s the purple (a little hard to photograph, but my daughter loves it).
Genesis notebooks are available in single subject, 3-subject, and 5-subject sizes. Each notebook has a double-pocket near the front and a heavy-duty back. Multiple subject notebooks also have a printed cardstock page for recording your class schedule.
The quality of paper is similar to nicer notebooks (not the cheapies) and they seem quite durable.
A favorite for younger kids will be the Color Me line. These are single subject, wide-ruled, spiral notebooks with a “coloring page” front cover, available in 4 different designs.
The front cover is a heavy, matte paper that should take color from crayons, pencils, or markers easily. The reverse side of the cover is a semi-gloss (like the shiny side of poster board) and would require markers or pens to write on.
Let’s compare these to the cheapie single subject notebooks I get from my local big box store.
The RS notebooks have whiter pages, rounded corners, and line up better (I think this is partly due to the oval punching for the spine---the cheap notebook has round holes---and partly due to better quality cutting of the pages).
Both are 3-hole punched so they can go into a binder. Their pages and covers are roughly the same thickness.
The cheap notebook does have perforated sheets for easy removal, something the Color Me notebook lacks.
Also available in the Color Me line: matching pocket folders and composition books.
Our favorite selection in our Roaring Spring sample box is the Cross Over Book.
These top-bound spiral notebooks feature 20-lb recycled paper and are ingeniously designed for math or science work. The front of each page is ruled in portrait orientation, while the backside is ruled in landscape orientation. You can see the backside through the front (and vice versa), giving you the option of using either side as grid-paper.
Pretty cool, plus versatile!
This is perfect for writing up labs where you need to write out some explanations, but also need record data and graph it.
The front and back covers are a colored, thick, textured, semi-gloss, compressed paper (not easy to crease like cardstock covers) and the Cross Over notebooks can easily be used front to back or back to front, depending upon which way you want the lines to go. Pages are not perforated for removal, so there’s no risk of accidentally tearing out a page.
My kids are enjoying their new notebooks and I expect them to last the whole year.
Roaring Spring Paper Products does not conduct direct retail sales, however their products are available from many online stores, including Amazon. You can find the products I feature in this review here: Genesis, Color Me, and Cross Over.Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.