So it has been a little while since my last post! Thankfully my little button is having an afternoon siesta and I have the opportunity to post about my latest love - Pinterest!
For those who haven't yet made the discovery - you need to jump on board - www.pinterest.com
I found this amazing website a few months ago and quickly learned how to create my own virtual pinboards for almost anything. Simply create your boards, download the "Pin It" tool and you are on your way. As you spend hours browsing fascinating websites and day dreaming about the beautiful images you are seeing (come on - I know we all do it!) you can simply "Pin" them to your virtual board. You can then access your board at any time and click on the image to link you back to the website - genius!
I have boards for just about everything - home renovation, party ideas, recipes, travel...but my favourite - "Preschool Stuff" (yes folks, I am indeed creative with the naming of my boards!) My "Preschool Stuff" board has over 400 images of playscapes, documentation ideas, science experiments and so much more! I really could go on and on about my love for Pinterest, but think it would be kinder to summarise:
Things I love about Pinterest (in relation to Early Childhood!)
1. VISUAL - we come across so many amazing ideas but struggle to remember them all. Seeing them as a visual representation really helps me to remember!
2. SEARCH - you can search key words or categories (e.g. education, preschool, documentation) and can discover amazing pins and boards that you might never have seen otherwise
3. COMMUNITY - You can "follow" and be "followed" You have your own Pinterest identity and can connect with people you already know and people you don't know. I have Early Childhood Colleagues that I follow, so I can see what they are "Pinning" and repin these images to my own boards. Also - if you stumble across a pin board that you like you can follow it and get updates when new things are added to the board.
4. PROFESSIONAL INSPIRATION - As a director I share my pins with my team. I often create visual displays in our staff room of things that I have found on Pinterest.
5. NEW (AND OLD) IDEAS - You know how sometimes you are just looking for something different to do? Something new to add to the playdough table or the sandpit, a new science experiment. This is the perfect place for that - discover different ways of using or presenting materials or rediscover ideas that you had forgotten about!
6. INTERNATIONAL - Because there are Pinterest users all around the globe, you can get inspiration from anywhere!
So these are just some of the things I love about Pinterest. Below are a few of my favourite Pins from my "Preschool Stuff" board:
I would love to hear from any other Early Childhood Folk who are on Pinterest. You can "Follow" me (sort of feels a little like stalking!) at http://pinterest.com/bodhismumma/
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