On my journey to living more simply, I decided to start tackling my Pinterest board collections.
Pinterest had become an addiction for me. It started out as a great way to organize my ideas (I LOVE organizing!), but quickly became overwhelming when I created way too many boards.
Originally I created boards for the core curriculum (i.e. Music, Art, English, etc). I soon realized that this was difficult to navigate because I usually teach our kids with a thematic approach. So then, I began to organize those pins into themed boards (i.e. Pumpkins, Pilgrims, Australia, etc).
But I couldn’t stop there! I then would pour over those boards before I would start a new unit (usually with a new month). I would see that I didn’t want to use all the pinned ideas. Maybe because the kids weren’t ready for it, or there were just too many ideas. So, I thought it would be good to pull the pins I wanted onto a separate board named for the month we were studying that theme.
As you can see, this has gotten way out of hand!
So today, I am cleaning up my boards and I’m starting with Art projects. I decided to make myself a nice Word document with all the ideas I want to keep. I’ll keep this file on my computer and also in a binder in the school room.
I gave myself strict criteria when saving the ideas to make sure I don’t end up with a 30-page document!
- The activity must use easy to find supplies ( supplies most likely on hand, or recyclables are even better.)
- The activity will not use edible items (though I have kept a rice sensory recipe). The expense of food these days just doesn’t make it feasible to use food for art.
- The activity should be easy to accomplish (I love process art ideas!)
I have added some photos to describe the activity and mentioned the original author if it wasn’t my idea.