How about you? Do you love Pinterest, too? I’ll admit that I’m a Pinterest addict. But for someone like me who spends lots of time doing research online, Pinterest is simply the easiest and best method of bookmarking I’ve found.
I’m a visual learner, so I especially enjoy a visual method of bookmarking. If I’m looking for activities for a blog post, I always find photography to be one of the best ways to truly see what an activity is about. Fortunately, kid bloggers are typically wonderful about photographing and sharing their kid-friendly activities.
There really are unlimited ways to use Pinterest, depending on your areas of interest, but here I’ll share my favorite ways along with some examples. Right now, I have 125 boards and over 4,000 pins. I’m continually adding to my boards, so please follow me, Deb @ Living Montessori Now! (Update in May 2013: I now have over 1,400,000 Pinterest followers and almost 10,000 pins. There are many more pins than that if you count the pins on my collaborative boards.)
Montessori-Inspired Pinterest Boards
I have a number of Montessori-Inspired Pinterest boards, including Montessori-Friendly Home board, Montessori Homeschool Classrooms board, and Montessori Elementary Activities and Ideas. You’ll also find a number of collaborative Montessori boards on my Pinterest page, such as Montessori-Inspired Activities and Ideas and DIY Montessori Activities.
Holiday Pinterest Boards
I have holiday boards for all the major holidays. I just started working on a Father’s Day Ideas board.
Seasonal Pinterest Boards
I have a Pinterest board for each season. Right now, I’m thinking ahead to Summer Fun! (Of course, if I come across an activity I like at any time of the year, it’s easy for me to pin it to the appropriate Pinterest board.)
Unit Study Pinterest Boards
I love, love, love Pinterest for creating themed boards for unit studies. Often, I have blog posts with Montessori-inspired unit studies. Should You Use Unit Studies? has a list of the unit studies posts I’ve published. I’ll typically create a related Pinterest board with activities of all types and for many different levels. The Pinterest board activities aren’t necessarily Montessori-inspired activities … I have fun adding wonderful activities from all around the blogosphere. Here’s a board based on my recent Montessori-Inspired Zoo Animal Unit: Zoo Animal Unit Study board.
Subject Area Pinterest Boards
I have Pinterest boards for subjects such as science, art appreciation, or even poetry. I also contribute to a number of collaborative boards, such as reading and writing readiness and math and geometry – global ideas.
Outdoor and Environmental Pinterest Boards
Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of children spending time outdoors and developing a love of nature. The new get-kids-outdoors movement has the same focus. I love outdoor classrooms and sharing activities that will help kids spend more time outdoors. I have an Outdoor Classroom board and Exploring Nature board. In honor of respecting our environment, I have a Kids’ Recycle Crafts board and am a collaborator on Earth Day Every Day for Kids.
Parenting Pinterest Boards
You’ll find lots of great parenting boards on my Pinterest page. I have some basic age-related boards such as Babies – Activities and Ideas or Toddlers – Activities and Ideas. I also have boards to help with ideas on topics such as discipline, kids’ food fun, kids’ party ideas, traveling with kids, stress-free kids, special needs, and organization and preparation.
Word Art Inspiration Pinterest Board
I often create an inspirational, motivational, or parenting-related word-art freebie at BitsofPositivity.com. I love collecting word-art inspiration. If you just need some inspiration and rejuvenation, check out my Word-Art Inspiration board.
What is your favorite way to use Pinterest?
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