Announcing the Winners of our Back-to-Virtual-School Pinterest Contest
Finding creative ideas for virtual school has never been easier—or more fun! Parents and teachers agree that Pinterest is a great place to find back-to-school inspiration and tips for success. That’s why we invited both new and experienced online school parents to participate in our Pin to Prepare contest, which encouraged them to create their own pinboards of educational resources for the new school year.
We were thrilled to have so many back-to-school pinners participate! Choosing one winning “Cool Tools for Online School” pinboard from so many excellent entries was difficult, but the results are in, and five lucky winners will each receive a $100 gift card for back-to-school shopping! See what our winners have to say below, and be sure to follow the link to view their top picks for inspiring a great year of virtual school! And the winners are…
Laurie Landry, the mom of an elementary school student at Louisiana Connections Academy, enjoys pinning fun ways to supplement her child’s learning, such as Lego Math, ideas for handwriting practice, and thematic coloring sheets. She says she also appreciates organization hints to “prevent school from taking over the house!”
The Landry family turned to virtual school after Laurie’s son struggled in first and second grades in traditional school. They also wanted to discontinue the ADHD medications that made him feel ill.
“Switching to virtual school was a big adjustment, but my son has excelled,” Laurie explains. “After a routine screening revealed that our son probably has a form of dyslexia, Louisiana Connections Academy was a tremendous help. They provided computer programs to help him catch up in reading, taught him the way he needed to be taught, and allowed accommodations for testing. This time, he scored very well on his standardized tests. He’s doing better than ever and could not be more pleased!” Be sure to visit Laurie’s “Cool Tools for Online School” pinboard.
Tiffany Alday Temples
New Learning Coach Tiffany Alday Temples knew she wanted to educate her children at home because she wanted more for them than the local school could offer. Her daughter, Cailey, is enrolled in kindergarten at Georgia Connections Academy. “We realize how lucky we are to be part of this virtual school—and we love it! Being so new to the school, I appreciate all the information and resources available. I use the Connections Academy Pinterest board for everything!” See what Tiffany has been pinning for back-to-school.
Jane Maritz, the parent of a student just starting at Oregon Connections Academy, says she enjoys finding inspiration online. “Pinterest gives me a way to organize (and subsequently use) the many ideas I stumble across. I also enjoy just perusing different boards for inspiration and motivation, especially as we make this switch in our daughter’s educational journey.
“We switched to Connections Academy after two years at our local public school, so Esmé can learn at her own crazy pace and whistle (or sing or bounce) while she works,” Jane says. “We’re excited that she’ll be able to focus wholeheartedly on her friendships and her work, without feeling constantly distracted by one or the other.” View Jane’s pinboard to see what inspires her.
Pinner Alicia Crenshaw is also new to virtual school. Her son begins kindergarten at Michigan Connections Academy this year. Alicia knew she wanted her son to learn at home in order to better manage his ADHD behaviors—without sacrificing the quality of his education.
“I chose Connections Academy because my son will be able to learn according to state standards due to the comprehensive curriculum. He also can include electives such as world languages, home economics, and sign language while still in elementary school. I also like that there are field trips, clubs, and activities available so students can connect with each other,” Alicia says. Explore Alicia’s pinboard to see what she and her son will be doing this fall!
Contest-winner Lyndsie Ryan calls herself a Pinterest addict and started gathering resources as soon as she started considering a nontraditional school. Her son starts school at Oregon Connections Academy this year. “I never thought I’d have the patience to be a Learning Coach, so I pin everything I can find about the topic. The advice and tips have been very helpful. I also love the learning resources and the new and unique ideas for reinforcing what students have learned,” she says.
Living in a small community where educational options are limited, the Ryans were concerned about reports of school violence and bullying. Lyndsie wanted her son to learn at home but was overwhelmed by the idea of being 100 percent responsible for his education. “I saw an ad on TV, and it seemed like Connections Academy could be a solution. Later, I ran into an acquaintance whose kids attend the school. She told me about the flexibility, the help you receive, and the many opportunities available for electives, clubs, and activities. By the end of our conversation, I was pretty much sold. I have no doubt that this is the best choice for my family.” See the helpful ideas Lyndsie has been pinning.
Whether you’re just beginning virtual school or you’re an online school veteran, Pinterest is a great source of ideas, motivation, and inspiration. So stop by to get your monthly, weekly, or daily dose of helpful hints and top tips for back-to-school and the rest of the school year!
If you’re already a Pinterest user, tell us how you use pinning to enhance your child’s education. Share your ideas and top pins in the comments.