I’ve just started using Pinterest as a homeschooling resource, and it’s amazing. Being visual, it is perfect for finding and sharing information about books, curriculum, experiments, art projects, and field trips.
There are three aspects to Pinterest use for homeschoolers.
- You can pin the interesting resources you discover around the web, organizing them in a way that makes sense to you.
- If you blog, you can also make sure that what you share on your blog can easily be pinned onto Pinterest.
- And you can follow other homeschoolers on Pinterest to find an incredible wealth of information and inspiration for your homeschool.
1. Pinning resources from the web:
Many sites now have a little Pinterest button associated with each post. If you find something worthwhile, just click on the pin button and pin it to a relevant board in your Pinterest account.
If you’re new to Pinterest, like I was not too long ago, you’ll say, “Huh?!? What’s that all about?” Just go ahead, click on that button, and you’ll be guided to setting up an account, making a board, and more. If you make a mistake, you can always fix it later. Pinterest is forgiving that way. Or you can go straight to Pinterest itself and set up an account to begin “collecting and organizing the things you love.” (Look for help here and here, and find the latest innovations here.)
You’ll also be able to put up a pin it bookmarklet on your toolbar so you can pin information even if it does not have a Pinterest button on it.
2. Making your blog posts easy to pin:
Include a picture in each post. Of course, it helps your pictures are memorable, and some people like to put words on them, but any old picture will do to make a post pinnable. I’ve recently learned to use Pic Monkey to edit pictures, like the one above.
Set up an easy way for people to pin directly from your blog. There are many ways of doing this. On my WordPress blog I use Sharebar and Social Sharing Toolkit. Why both? Some people couldn’t see the one, so I added the other. Of course, if the people have the pin it bookmarklet on their toolbar, they won’t really need you to do this, but why make it hard for others?
3. Following others to learn about homeschooling
This is super-easy to do and oh-so-helpful. You just follow people on Pinterest (there are obvious follow buttons everywhere), and the next time you log onto Pinterest you can see all the things they have been pinning and learn an enormous amount. And you can explore whole boards about math, science, art projects, phonics, high school, and more. Of course, you can also pin what you especially like.
Examples of Homeschooling Pinners
If you want to begin using Pinterest for your homeschool, or are trying to decide whether or not it would work for you, check out my Pinterest boards to see what a beginner can do. I’m gradually adding my 300+ reviews and all my homeschooling tips as well as inspiration from around the web. Also check out the amazing Curriculum Choice boards to see what a group of busy homeschool pinners can put together. And if you want to learn and share about Pinterest, join my Pinterest Project board and request an invitation to start pinning there yourself.
If you pin about homeschooling, you can also join The Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party, a new ‘carnival’ of homeschooling ideas on Pinterest, where I have found many interesting homeschool moms and ideas. Last week I was thrilled and astonished to be featured in the second edition of this party!
Pinterest and homeschooling? I’ve discovered that it’s a natural combination!
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For more ideas please visit the Carnival of Homeschooling, Trivium Tuesdays, Encourage One Another Wednesday, Works For Me Wednesday , Raising Homemakers, Growing Home, Above Rubies, Wisdom Wednesday.