By now you may have heard a lot of buzz about Pinterest and you may have even joined and started “pinning” your own recipes, decorating ideas, fun slogans and other pages. But did you know that Pinterest is also great for finding homeschool ideas?
Pinterest can be a gold mine for finding great pages online such as:
- Science projects
- Lapbooking examples
- Printable games
- Art ideas
- Lesson plans
- Unit studies
What is Pinterest? The site defines itself as:
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.
That said, it’s evolved to be useful for far more. The site is a great way to use visual bookmarks to categorize everything from fun kid ideas to favorite science projects.
To “pin” a page, you click on “pin this” on the top of your browser (there’s a free and easy download to install this) and then click on what board you want to pin it to.
To view the original page for someone’s pin, simply click on the picture of the pin to go to the page for that pin, then click on the picture or the link on the upper right.
Here’s some great ways to use Pinterest in homeschooling:
- Create boards for different grade levels or subjects, in order to have a place to house great ideas and web sites you come across. Some homeschool moms have boards such as “third grade” and “preschool” while others have boards such as “lapbooking” and “science.” Others simply have one homeschooling board where they pin all the good pages they come across.
- Follow the boards of homeschooling friends and bloggers. This way, their new pins will show up in your feed and you can discover neat pages as they do.
- Do searches. Search for terms such as “phonics games” or “chemistry lapbook” and see what sort of great stuff turns up. Searching on Pinterest is fun because you only get results that people considered great enough to pin themselves (instead of lots of commercial ad results) and you also see the results in a visual form with just a snippet of summary, which helps you quickly scroll through results to see what looks the most fun or relevant.
- Pin a sort of homeschool “to do” board of goals for the year. This is a great way to put all the games, crafts, science projects and such in one place. You can even make a rainy day homeschool board, to put fun things to come back to when life slows down and you need some inspiration.
- If you have a homeschool blog, you can create a board for your memorable projects or helpful posts. This way, you have a quick index that others can refer to of your most helpful or frequently requested pages. This is a great way to organize things if you blog a lot of tutorials, lapbooks or other instructional posts to help others.
Here’s a few example pins from my homeschool board:
- Chemistry cards (free printables)
- Bottle cap sentences
- Paper money from around the world
- LEGO lapbook
- Time-telling sun umbrella
- Great artists unit study
I also have a preschool and kindergarten board for ideas for the younger kids.
…And a craft board and Attachment Parenting board and a whole lot of others.
The bad side of Pinterest is that it can take up a lot of that time that you would spend homeschooling!