#Pinspiration chat: learn at home with Happy Housewife

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According to the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 1.8 million kids are homeschooled in the U.S. If you’re one of these stay-at-home parents looking to make the most of a home curriculum with your kids, we hope our weekly #Pinspiration will help.

This week’s #Pinspiration is all about homeschooling activities. We synced up with Toni of The Happy Housewife who shares her techniques, routines, and tactics on how to focus on varying strengths and learning styles for you and your child.

Tweet us your homeschooling #Pinspiration to @Pinterest this Friday, May 2nd, between 9am-10am PST. Need a little help with ideas? Just add the hashtag #Pinspiration to your tweet and ask us any questions. We’ll send you a Pin or a Board to help!

Here are a few topics we were thinking about chatting about: frugal tips, making your home into a school space, planning day-today routines, organizing your calendar, types of learning styles, outside learning, or teaching multiple grade levels.

We got a chance to speak with Toni to hear how she sets up a game plan for her seven kids using Pinterest:

Hi Toni, can you share a bit about yourself and what inspired you to start your website, The Happy Housewife?

I’m a military spouse and homeschool mom to seven kids—one who has already graduated and one who hasn’t even started yet.

I started The Happy Housewife in 2008 to help families, specifically moms, shop smarter, get organized, and give readers a peek into our daily homeschool life. When I started homeschooling back in 2000, I didn’t know many homeschool families who were trying to live on one income. I thought if I could share what I had learned over the years I might be able to help and encourage other families on their homeschool journey.

What are your tips for choosing a curriculum? Got any great ideas for Memorial day?

Choosing a curriculum is one of the hardest parts of homeschooling. We are fortunate to have tons of curriculum choices available, but at the same time it can be overwhelming. The best piece of advice I ever received was to determine my child’s learning style and then find curriculum that worked best with their strengths. A hands on learner does not need a workbook type curriculum, and an auditory learner might not want to create lap books each week. Figuring out how each of my children learned helped narrow down my choices.

Holidays are great learning opportunities. Families can study our military history or even do something to support our troops or veterans. Kids can write letters to troops overseas, bake cookies for a veteran, or even organize a neighborhood parade.

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Homeschool Memorial Day on Pinterest.

There are numerous fun and delicious red, white and blue desserts and snacks you can make as a family too.

How do you use use Pinterest to plan your curriculum and discover teaching activities?

I love using Pinterest in our homeschool planning. For each unit, we study I create a Pinterest board with relevant resources, crafts, worksheets, websites, and snack ideas. I love that all my ideas are organized in one place and the images make planning so much easier.

This year our preschooler is learning a letter a week. I’m creating boards for each letter that are filled with worksheets, books, coloring pages, and snack ideas. It is easy to quickly pin resources when I find them on the web and then reference them when we are ready to use them.

Thanks for the feedback, Toni! Don’t forget to join us on Twitter this Friday and share your #Pinspiration with Toni and the Pinterest team. Also, be sure to check out her website and Pinterest boards. See you Friday morning!

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