If you are a frequent reader here, you know I’m an eclectic, out-of-the-box homeschooler. I favor living books over textbooks and engaging activities over worksheets. I try to relate our school learning to real world experiences as often as I can.
So, it’s probably no surprise that I am a HUGE fan of Pinterest. In fact, I use it regularly to plan my lessons.
I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. If I can save time by finding activities on Pinterest, then I will have more time to teach or to just spend time with my kids.
And let’s face it, we can’t be creative all the time! But when we join together and share, we all win.
Here are a few of my favorite, go-to boards.
In science this year, we are studying physics, with the help of Disney Imagineering videos. After watching a video, we do a bunch of experiments.
My kids have been retaining more information this year and I believe it’s because they’ve had the opportunity to put what they are learning into practice.
Science is one of the easiest subjects to add interactive learning to because of the number of experiments available. That’s why this is one of my favorite boards.
Every pin on it is an opportunity to bring science to life.
This board will guide you as you teach your kids all of those tangible skills they will need as they move into adulthood.
Why Pinterest instead of something else, like an etiquette course? Again, because of the hands-on aspect.
The pins on this board talk about life skills kids should be learning AND show you fun ways to teach them too.
This is the board that I’m the most excited about. It is directly related to our new link-up, Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling Middle & High School.
Every Wednesday, fabulous bloggers link up their posts to help families homeschool during these older years and many of those posts end up here on this board.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the ideas and encouragement you need as you move up grade levels. There are many homeschooling families looking for support and bloggers sharing their ideas, and we are doing our best to bring them all together.
If you are the parent of a middle or high school student, this is a board you don’t want to miss!
Early American History is another subject where I regularly add in hands-on projects. In fact we did a 10 day Early American History series, to share some of our fun ideas (mapping activities, time period crafts & experiments, colonial cooking, and more).
Most people grow up thinking history is boring. I firmly believe that is because they were taught history with dry, edited textbooks. However, when you start reading living books and doing fun projects, you see how fascinating this subject can be.
This is a list of the iHN bloggers that you should be following on Pinterest. It is separated by category, so you can find exactly the type of board you’re looking for. I’m partial to the Hands-On Science one *ahem*.
If you’re looking to expand your selection of pins, head over to follow some of these fabulous bloggers.
Do you use Pinterest in your homeschool?
Looking for even more inspiration? Check out iHN’s – Pintastic Pinboards.