One of the moms on a homeschooling group I follow on Facebook recently asked how to actual plan out the pins she wants to do during the upcoming homeschool year. I shared how I organize mine with her and thought I’d share it here with all of you, as well. As with any idea for homeschooling, remember it’s all about what works for you and your family – this is just how we use Pinterest when homeschooling here in our house.
How to Homeschool Using Pinterest
Start by creating secret boards for each month that you homeschool. We homeschool July-May, so those are our “school board months.” I prefer to keep the boards private vs. public, because they’re really for my own reference.
After the boards are created, pin activities, lessons, etc. that you want to complete each month on those specific boards. I often pin things to my general public boards and then repin them to the month specific boards. It’s all about what works for you.
Each month I can quickly glance at the ideas I’ve pinned and plan them out on our calendar or use them for rainy days. Anything that we don’t use that month I delete so that at the end of the school year I can look back and see what we’ve done. That helps with my portfolio gathering too. (In PA, we have to submit portfolios for review to an evaluator and the school district at the end of the school year.) It’s an easy system that works well for us.
I had initially envisioned planning out our weeks this way, but found I couldn’t keep it up, because things changed so frequently from day to day in terms of length of time needed for other assignments, etc. However, for some of you, this more structured method may work better.
Start by creating boards for each day of the week for 4-6 weeks. For example: Wk1Monday, Wk1Tuesday, etc. Using these daily boards, pin the things you’d like to tackle on each day.
My advice for this method would be to be realistic about the amount of time they take, the amount of time you have, and the investment (both time and monetary) that some of your pins require. In other words, don’t pin 10 things for each day when you really only have time for 2. If you’re worried about running out of ideas for each day, have a “Grab Bag” board where your kids can pick an activity to do if they have additional time.
Remember that while Pinterest is great for finding ideas, it can also be a source of stress if you try to accomplish everything to the degree of perfection pictured in most of the photos. Choose learning and fun over perfection. And don’t forget to follow MamaTeaches on Pinterest!
Do you organize your homeschool Pinterest boards differently? I’d love to hear how you do it!