Curriculum – BTHW Day 5

back to homeschool week

It is hard to believe we are at the end of the week already of Randi’s wonderful Back to Homeschool Week and Tiany’s Homeschool Open House. Please join me in giving these 2 ladies extraordinaire a virtual round of applause for their efforts in coordinating these wonderful events that have afforded many of us to share what we are doing, what we have learned, how we do it and to glean the same from others…..bravo, bravo, bravo!!!

Today is about curriculum….it’s a dirty word in some circles and it doesn’t work for everyone so like with anything else, find what works for you and your family. 🙂 I shared more in my Day 2 post.

This year we will use Math-U-See for math as referenced here. This program works for my daughter and it works for me, so we are sticking to it.

Reading – The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading combined with the McGuffey Readers, Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists, and heavy use of the library. I also have some books from Reading A-Z books during their free teacher appreciation week. I also use many of these items for copywork/handwriting.

History/Geography and Science – Unit Studies

We utilize the library heavily and like to use different library reads to enhance our current course of study and I hope to start sharing some of those items here in the weeks ahead.

Blogging 101, 201, & 301

Okay, I have some questions for the, more experienced than I, bloggers and hopefully they are not too busy with their wonderful blogs to answer… 🙂

1) What are the top 5 social networking/bookmarking sites? Advantages/disadvantages?

2) If you are on WordPress and had a basic blog with no CSS upgrade, what are the top 5 things that you would do/have to maximize your blog/blogging? If you are not on WordPress, please feel free to share your thoughts as well.

3) Where are topics for upcoming carnivals listed? Do you find this an effective means for promoting one’s blog, assuming you were interested in self-promoting or increasing traffic? 🙂

4) Do you have a list of blog don’ts and if so, what are they?

5) What 1 thing would you share with a new blogger?

Thank you in advance as I am sure that your responses are helpful to myself and others.