Incredibly Pinteresting Ideas for Teachers of Young Learners

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”
—Robert John Meehan

One year I was given a class of two-year-olds. I had never taught students that young before and definitely felt out of my element. I remember asking the teachers I met online for resources and many lead me to some great books, but nothing that I could browse online for inspiration. After hours of online research, I couldn’t find any teacher blogs and sites for teaching toddlers and very young learners. However, the tide has changed, and thanks to the visual social bookmarking site, Pinterest, the web is full of a plethora of magical activities for teaching children of any age. Below, I’ve listed some sites and tips for tapping into the magic! Your problem will soon be that you run out of days to try these lessons with the kiddos you teach.

Tips and Pinterest Terminology

Step one is to register for a free Pinterest account, and then follow any of the recommended boards below. You will also need to understand some of the lingo of Pinterest as a new pinner (people who use Pinterest). You will soon find yourself creating boards, a Pinterest landing page where anyone can easily look through all your pins/your bookmarks. Basically, you pin a resource to one of your themed boards. The quickest and easiest way to create a board is to use the Pinterest extension for Firefox/Chrome/Safari, browser button, or free mobile apps. Pinterest only pins pages with images or videos. To pin practically anything try Pinstamatic. For more Pinterest tips and recommended pinners, visit our Pinterest for Teaching Young Learners board and our Pinterest for Education PearlTrees, another fantastic social bookmarking tool!

Pinterest Accounts We Love

Juan Alberto Lopez Uribe is an English language teacher from Brazil who now travels the world teaching children English with his puppet companion, Buddy the Frog, and theater shows. His boards include storytelling, classroom characters, finger plays, great videos to use in class, using puppets, and of course, frogs.

One of my favorite pinners, Matt B. Gomez, is part of the #Kinderchat network of teachers of very young learners. I love browsing through Matt B. Gomez’s Pinterest board of iPad apps for very young learners. Matt also has several boards with activities, resources, and tips for integrating technology, creating caring classrooms, getting free apps for children, and so much more!

Teacher Mrs. H has over 100 boards for teachers. Check out her teaching grammar and ESL board.

TechChef4U is a teacher in Austin who has some awesome boards for integrating technology, creating with apps, and learning with iPads. Some of my favorite boards are iPad Bingo, comic creation, Thinglink Edu, bookmaking, mindmapping, infographics, Google Edu, and much more!

Amanda Nickerson is a teacher who shares tons of ideas and resources in boards with themes like reading workshops, primary ideas, classroom ideas, classroom design, clip art, focus walls, and more.

Debbie Clement is an author, musician, and illustrator who has great boards with anchor charts, foldables, songs, posters, and more.

Nicole Ricca, a kindergarten teacher, has boards with tons of great resources on classroom management, assessment, science, math, critical literacy, and more.

Julie Brown’s boards are especially great for teaching very young learners and toddlers. You can find boards like building fun, bugs, boys, bingo, butterflies, button crafts, alphabet crafts, and art fun!

Malia is a national board-certified kindergarten teacher with boards like toddler activities, preschool resources, playdough, name activities, sight word games, and teaching phonics.

Songbirds has pinned many activities for teaching young learners English.

Marcia Lima, who runs an English school in Brazil, has many boards that feature great instructional practices for teaching young learners. My favorites are young learners and teaching with puppets.

Maria Jesus, an English language teacher trainer in Spain, has great boards, like digital storytelling, robots, stop motion films, and animals.

I have many Pinterest boards that focus on teaching English and CLIL to learners of all ages. My online games for kids and recommended children’s books boards are especially for teachers of young learners. Find plenty of other ideas on boards like comic strips for learning, graphic organizers, foldables, digital storytelling, spicing up your class with drama, and more!

Find 100s of teachers for each grade level all pinned on the Pinterest for Teachers account.

I also find many ideas by browsing the Pinterest accounts of various mommy bloggers. You can find many under the Kids and Parenting category or by doing a search for toddlers.

Collaborative Boards and More!

Pinterest also allows groups of people to create collaborative boards! Check out this board with thousands of activities and resources for pre-kinder to second grade.

Check out the digital storytelling boards I created with my teacher trainees in my INTEF course. We share ideas for teaching with videos, comics, mobile apps, and web tools. Over 100 teachers from around the world have contributed to these boards.

Get your students writing each day with the Write About themed writing boards and Quick Write Picture Prompts.

Who are your favorite pinners?

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is the author of Learning To Go and The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. She is also an adjunct professor, teacher trainer, and international speaker. She has trained teachers in over 25 countries and is a founder of the Bammy Award-winning #Edchat, the ELTON-nominated ELTChat, and The Reform Symposium E-Conference. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/shellyterrell, and Google.com/+ShellySanchezTerrell. She has taught toddlers to adults English in various countries including the US, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, and Greece.

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