Did you know that there's a great free tool
available online that can help you brainstorm, plan, organize, and exchange
ideas for your homeschool learning lifestyle? It's called
and it's an outstanding site for anyone who wants to incorporate fresh, new
online resources into educational activities.|
Here's how it works:
Think of Pinterest as an electronic bulletin board where users can "pin" and
save photos, artwork, graphics, and other visual images from around the web.
Your pins can be organized onto various boards that you create for each of
your areas of interest, such as "Arts and Crafts Activities" or "Science
Experiments for Kids". Pins can also be shared and searched. Here are just a
few of the many ways your family can use Pinterest as an educational tool
for the home classroom.
1. To learn from educational leaders.
Many schools and education experts are creating their own pinboards.
"Following" their boards will enable you to see their interesting
classroom ideas, project suggestions, blog links, and more! Start with
Pinterest page to see boards on topics including
Creative Learning Ideas, Reading Resources, plus unique
recipes for busy parents. And be sure to
click the red
"Follow" button so you'll always see the newest pins or
if you are not yet a member of Pinterest, click the "Request an Invite"
button at the very top.
2. To enrich learning.
Use Pinterest to search for information by topic, just like you'd use
Google or another search engine. When you find a pinned image that
interests you, click on it to follow it back to its original source for
articles, how-to instructions,
supply lists, or related links.
3. To organize varied ideas.
Pinterest is a fantastic way to save and organize those random
"brilliant ideas" that are too good to lose! Create boards arranged for
different academic subjects, type of project, or whatever makes sense to
you—and you'll never be at a loss for ideas again!
4. See more "Pinteresting" tips at the
Virtual Learning Connections blog.
Did you know that there's also a way to stay
closely (and creatively!) involved in your child's education while freeing
yourself from some of the more time-consuming aspects of homeschooling, like
compiling curriculum and creating lesson plans? Many homeschoolers have
already turned to
Connections Academy, an accredited school-from-home program for students
in grades K–12 offering an
award-winning curriculum, free learning materials and resources from leading
educational publishers, and a personalized learning plan tailored to your
With Connections Academy, you'll serve as
your child's "Learning
Coach" and work closely with state-certified teachers who handle all
instruction, grading, and testing. Your role is to keep your student on
track—and continue to enjoy the rewards of seeing your child grow
academically and emotionally every day from home.
Connections Academy offers tuition-free
online public schools in many states and a tuition-based national online
Check the Connections Academy options available in your state now!
To get more details about Connections Academy, attend an
information session, either online or at a location in
your area, and
start the enrollment process soon to be ready in
time for the first day of school!
Connections Academy is an accredited,
high-quality online school-from-home program for students in grades K–12. Connections Academy
delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and
flexibility to experience the online learning community from anywhere. The
combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools,
and community experiences is designed to help students succeed—academically,
emotionally, and socially—so they acquire the knowledge, skills and
confidence to be successful in school and in life.