Toys & Games at NestLearning.com

Homeschooling with Pinterest

 

Everyone knows that Pinterest is a great visual organizer for recipes, crafts, and DIY ideas, but are you using it to its full potential for homeschooling?

#Homeschooling with Pinterest @hsbapost

Pinterest has become a favorite tool for many homeschool families, including some of our team here at The Homeschool Post.   We’ve collected some of our best tips and ideas for homeschooling with Pinterest to share with you today:

Davonne shares some ideas for organizing your thoughts and project ideas on Pinterest in her post, Pinterest Organization.

Renee has two posts covering some of her favorites ~ Pinterest boards for Gifted Learners and Favorite Pin Boards.

Misty shares her post, My Favorite Homeschool Pins on Pinterest.

Want to do a geography unit study?  Pinterest can be a great place to start, as Robin shares in her post Geography Lapbooks and a Pinterest Board.

I wrote a post about how I use Pinterest for homeschooling without getting overwhelmed in Pinterest with Purpose: How I Use Pinterest for Homeschooling.

We hope these ideas are helpful!  You can follow The Homeschool Post on Pinterest to see more of our homeschooling pins, too.

Visit The Homeschool Post’s profile on Pinterest.

Are you homeschooling with Pinterest?  Leave us your ideas in the comments or link up your blog posts in our Homeschool Blog and Tell!

 

Happy pinning,

 

Sara (34 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


A Word From Our Sponsors

Homeschool Products from Nest Learning
***3 FREE Complete Drawing Lessons from the SEE THE LIGHT 9 DVD/36 lesson ART CLASS curriculum that is used by many homeschooling families. Recommended for ages 6 + + http://www.seethelightshine.com/free-lessons/***

5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog

With the Homeschool Blog Awards season in full swing here, it seems appropriate to visit the topic of blogging.  Since you’re reading here, you already know the purpose behind homeschool blogs.  They can entertain, inform, encourage, and inspire.  We’re glad you stop by The Homeschool Post for a healthy dose of all of those things.

But why should you personally start your own blog?  You might feel that the blogosphere is already a very big place and you have nothing to contribute.  It’s true there are many blogs out there, but it’s not true that you don’t have your own personal contribution to make.  I have found new blogs to read and enjoy every year through the HSBA Awards.  Each blogger brings their own unique perspective to the topic of homeschooling.

homeschool blogging @hsbapost @destinyblogger
Here are 5 good reasons why you should start blogging about your homeschool experience (or continue blogging when you feel discouraged):
  1. It’s free!  You have nothing to lose by starting a blog on Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or other free blogging platform.  The design doesn’t have to be fancy.  You can get started immediately, too.
  2. Accountability and record keeping.  For those who live in regulated states, a blog can help keep track of those projects you might forget when filling out your paperwork.  It can provide a timeline of learning and help you assemble a portfolio for review.  If you’re like me and get easily distracted by the urgent to-do lists, it also keeps you accountable to actually finish some projects that get put aside from time to time.
  3. It can become a family keepsake, like a homeschool yearbook.  Having a blog can help you remember to take more pictures, get them uploaded, and put them together in an online/digital yearbook format for your kids.  The archive is automatically kept for you through the years and can be really fun to look back through.  There are also options to actually print your blog in book format if you choose.
  4. Blogging provides a way to actively participate in the online homeschool community, especially for those who don’t have local options available to them.  There are groups on Facebook, blog hops, , carnivals, curriculum reviews, and more to provide interaction with fellow homeschoolers.  We can all learn from each other!
  5. Validation.  Ever feel alone in your homeschool journey?  Overwhelmed by all the pressures and expectations as wife, mom, teacher, housekeeper, cook, and so on?  Blogging about it and reading about on other blogs can help put things in perspective and make you feel less alone.  When someone leaves a blog comment to let you know you struck a chord with them or they like your ideas and are going to try them in their homeschool, it’s often like a virtual hug or high-five.  That’s not something homeschool moms get on a regular basis for doing what we do.

Do any of these reasons resonate with you?  Have you nominated your favorite blogs for the Awards this year?  If you start a blog today, it could be your own name on the list next year!

Still not sure how or where to begin?  There are popular and affordable online courses offered by Blogelina and Momcomm to get you started.  You can also read e-books like Simple Blogging, Blog at Home Mom, and iBlog for tips and tricks.  Blog on, mama!

 

Sara (34 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


A Word From Our Sponsors

Homeschool Products from Nest Learning
***3 FREE Complete Drawing Lessons from the SEE THE LIGHT 9 DVD/36 lesson ART CLASS curriculum that is used by many homeschooling families. Recommended for ages 6 + + http://www.seethelightshine.com/free-lessons/***

Organize Your Homeschool Library with Your Phone

homeschool library2Classroom Organizer is a must have for your homeschool library. It was created for school classsrooms but can be just as useful for homeschools.

classroomOrganizer

You use your smart phone and scan the bar code on books and it inputs all of the info for you on a database.

free app_iPhone_iPad_Android

Classroom Organizer and all of its features, as it currently exists, will always be FREE. In the future, however, member fees may be required for added advanced features. It will be up to the individual user to decide which Classroom Organizer version they want to use.

It allows you to separate them by reading levels and even put down their location on your shelves.

organize_homeschool-library

Once you scan in the book you can assign a genre in the “Track Genre” option in the “Book Rules” tab when creating your Classroom Settings (see Picture A below).

classroom Library a

Once you check “Track Genre,” select “Maintain Genre” (see Picture B below).

classroom Library b

 

A table will appear were you can custom your genres (Picture C).

classroom Library c

 

You canexport your book list for printing. On your Build Your Library page there is an “Export to Excel” button. Depending on your computer settings, you will be prompted to open or save the file. Your title list will be exported to an Excel spreadsheet (See Picture N below).

classroom Library n

 

 

A Word From Our Sponsors

Homeschool Products from Nest Learning
***3 FREE Complete Drawing Lessons from the SEE THE LIGHT 9 DVD/36 lesson ART CLASS curriculum that is used by many homeschooling families. Recommended for ages 6 + + http://www.seethelightshine.com/free-lessons/***