The rubber band binding is a little tricky even for my oldest students. It took them several tries until they got it and then they mastered it. They took their newly acquired skill and went off and helped younger hands finish their journals.
Here are a few pictures:
Use a double-hole puncher to punch holes through the cover, the back and the paper in between -
Hold the papers together and feed a small rubber band through one of the holes -
Put one end of the coffee stir stick through the rubber band loop poking through the front cover of the journal. This will kept the rubber band from slipping back out of the hole -
While holding the stir stick on the cover with left hand thumb, pull the back loop of the rubber band across to the second hole and through on the right front side -
Wrap second loop of rubber band around right end of stir stick. If needed wrap rubber band loops twice around stir stick ends to form and X. (One of my 6 year olds described it to a 5 year old as follows: "You know, like when you put your hair in a ponytail.)
A few of the finished journals -