I absolutely love Pinterest.
I love its visual element. I love that I can file inspirations into neat little categories.
I love how it allows a community of potentially- isolated homeschoolers to share their ideas and knowledge.
There has never been a time like this in our history. People know what’s going in your home; you know what’s going on in other people’s homes. We are sharing and building an enormous community of families helping other families.
Through platforms like Pinterest, parents encourage other parents. Teachers help other teachers. Teachers help parents. What’s an absolute novelty is that parents are also helping teachers through the astounding array of activities they create (often better than teachers themselves!)
I love Pinterest.
However, it needs to be used with caution. If you don’t have a focus, you will get lost. The activities you “pin” will create a scattered mess in your mind.
It will even become a little dangerous.
The comparison game begins:
- I’m not as good as she is.
- I don’t do as much as she does.
- My kid can’t do any of that.
- My kid only has meltdowns when I show him paint.
You will find yourself with 87 boards but never attempting anything. When you do, you are faced with huge disappointment.
That’s because Pinterest is not the curriculum.
You need to start with a curriculum.
You need to start with a plan.
You need to begin with developmentally appropriate goals that make sense for your child.
You need to make learning meaningful.
As a result, the Pinterest activities you need will naturally begin to find you.