I have been updating my Class Schedule page periodically, as I develop ideas and draft lesson plans. But thanks to my recent discovery, I need to totally rework my plan — so here is my latest attempt at outlining a schedule, drafted on the way “over the river and through the woods” to Mom’s house for Thanksgiving. (Niner likes to do the driving, which gives me time to sit and work.)
Week 1: Introduction: What is a Blog?
Class discussion: How blogs work.
Computer time: Explore other homeschool kids’ blogs.
Homework: Get ready to open your blogging account.
Week 2: Getting Started with WordPress.com
Class discussion: About WordPress.com.
Computer time: Set up account and explore the Dashboard.
Homework: Edit “Hello world” post and “About” page.
Week 3: Writing & Copyrights
Class discussion: Copyright rules, and brainstorming techniques.
Computer time: Start and save a “Draft” post.
Homework: Finish your draft. Brainstorm 5 more ideas you might write about.
Week 4: Reader-Friendly Settings & Widgets
Class discussion: How can we help our readers find what they want?
Computer time: Tweak settings and sidebar widgets.
Homework: Write at least one blog post. Put all your classmates’ blogs on your Blogroll. Comment on at least one of your classmates’ blog posts.
Week 5: Adding Media (Photos & Video)
Class discussion: Copyrights review, and how to add media to your blog posts.
Computer time: Browse Flickr and other sources.
Homework: Write at least one blog post, and include a photo or video. Read your classmates’ blogs and comment on at least two posts.
Week 6: Reader-Friendly Editing and Format
Class discussion: What makes a blog post easy or hard to read?
Computer time: Explore your “Kitchen Sink” to see what the buttons do.
Homework: Write at least one blog post, and use formatting to make it easy to read. Read your classmates’ blogs and comment on at least two posts. Optional: Go back and improve the format of your earlier posts.