You probably got a 404 error when trying to read the previous post with this title huh?
The reason? I, um, scheduled it. And then college math homework sucked my life away.
But here it is! Straight from brain to blog. People ask me all the time where I get my great ideas from for books, videos, activities, and other offshoots of my kids’ interests. And they ask me how I strew for my teen who is not so into the kiddy crafts and picture books anymore.
We use a lot of technology in this house. When someone asks me a question and I don’t know the answer, my response usually includes going to YouTube or Google and doing a search for resources.
I also keep track of great ideas and resources through Pinterest. Some of the boards I create specifically to share with the kids. Others are just a clearinghouse for stuff we might find cool when we are bored one day.
How do you strew through Pinterest?
Pinterest is such a great place to organize ideas. I start by making a board, either on a specific topic or just a general theme.
Most of the boards I make are for me personally – bookmarks of cool stuff I’ve run across that I might want to show the kids. But I also make boards just for the kids. They have the Pinterest app on their tablets and laptops and I usually just email or text them the link to the board I made for them. That way they can browse all the cool stuff and get ideas for their own.
Don’t know what strewing is?
Check out my ebook – The Art of Strewing!
One of the most awesome features of Pinterest now is that you can pin YouTube videos.
Speaking of pinning videos – check out the Homeschool Videos board by Mary Flanders!
As you can see, sometimes I don’t even need to make a specific board because an amazing person has already created a great collection!
You can search for Pinterest boards by selecting “boards” in the search on Pinterest, or by adding the word “Pinterest” to your Google search terms.
When we were watching the tv show Chuck, Denna started asking about bombs. That led to a discussion on different kinds of bombs, which led to talking about atomic bombs. This got her very interested in atomic theory and the periodic table.
She was asking more questions than I could answer at the time, so we went in search of videos and websites that could satiate her curiosity.
And so we looked and found this Chemistry, Periodic Table, and Atomic Theory board and browsed for days!
More awesome unschooling boards for strewing
Looking for some more boards to follow for strewing ideas? Here are some of my personal boards and boards that I follow for their unschooly ideas:
General unschooling boards
- Unschooling Is Awesome – the place to start for cool ideas. A board almost as old as Pinterest, over 20 unschoolers pinned more than 300 pins!
- Unschooling – a board my sister and I pin to. Lots of fun ideas and information.
- Lifetime Love of Learning – keep the curiosity and fun alive
Boards by subject
- Unschooling Math – my board for strewing math concepts
- Math – by my unschooling friend Jenny Frank
- Living Math – by Jimmie
Literature, Language, Writing
- Life Learning Language – all about literature and language in real life
- Young Writers & Teens – inspiration and ideas for budding writers!
- Learning With Literature – a group board dedicated to books and the rabbit trails they give us
History & Geography
- For Geography Geeks – self explanatory. Just a great visual pinboard.
- Unschooling History – fun history that doesn’t sound like a textbook
- US History – by Ticia who knows her stuff
- Hands On Science – a great group board focused on science you can touch.
- Blinded Me With Science – my board of geeky, sciency stuff we love
- Cool Science Stuff – tons of weird, beautiful, and cool pins
- Art Ideas For Kids – crafts and activities
- Children’s Art – a giant coop board full of fun!
- Art Is The Expression Of Life – don’t study art – do art with your kids!
Very specific, very awesome boards
- Lego Strewing Ideas – started for my kids
- Kids Doing Philosophy – we love discussing philosophy and I’ve been adding more to this board recently
- Things To Do With My Toddler – for my 3 year old. When we get bored
- Zentangle Patterns – for Raven who loves to doodle
- Geek Moms – by some fellow geeky mom bloggers