About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a homeschool mom of two little boys, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!



  • Making Grammar and Spelling Fun.

    December 18th, 2014

    Brian Cleary

    Sometimes learning facts about any subject gets BORING.

    Although I really like our curriculum that we use for Grammar and spelling, it is still curriculum.

    We need to change it up once in a while.

    These books by Brian P. Cleary are so much fun!

    insidethebooks

    The boys will read them over and over again!

    We also watch a lot of “Schoolhouse Rock” on Disney’s youtube channel and Grammaropolis.

    My boys could watch Grammaropolis’ video “Do you Qualify?” all day.

    Veggie Tales has a really fun silly song about Homophones as well.

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    We really like Zip-It for spelling practice.

    I give the boys a list of spelling words we are learning to choose from and they have to use one of those for their first word.

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    My youngest is really good at this game!

    I like scrabble also.

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    What do you do to make learning fun?

    Graham Cracker Houses ~Christmas Moments

    December 17th, 2014

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    I am still trying to capture Christmas Moments but I am northern girl and this Okie weather is messing with me.

    I know some people love having warmer weather in December and hate being cold but I like snow.

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    I remember when I was little, we moved to a new house.

    I must have already been upset about leaving friends and stuff but when it did not snow that Christmas I hated the new house.

    I thought it must be snowing at our old house(a good hour west of the new one)…

    My cat ran away, my friend was far away, and now no snow!

    Ha!

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    I will try to pretend like it is snowing outside for my boys sake though.

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    This icing was like paste.

    All over my hands.

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    I tried to convince them to make waffle cone Christmas trees this year but they were set on these guys.

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    The teddy bears are my favorite.

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    I even shared some of my M&M’s with them!

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    candyhouse

    done

    I told them they needed to wait to eat them until they showed their dad.

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    They were really excited when he got home…

    They have improved quite a bit from the last time we made these!

    Our Lesson Plan Schedule

    December 16th, 2014

    If you have followed me for a while then you may know that I do not use a curriculum for history or science.

    I have many reference books that I use  but I mostly put it together on my own.

    http://daniellehuddlestonphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/timeline.jpg

    I love history so it is not too bad for me but it is time consuming.

    I thought I would share my spreadsheet with you guys so you can see what are lesson schedule looks like.

    This is using the “Big Book of History” and David Downs Chronology for the Pharoahs.

    Month Science Geography History Literature
    Aug-Sept Creation, Planets, Animals, Anatomy, Plants Study Bible Times Maps, Middle East Creation
    Week 1 Light, Refraction Day 1, Genesis 1:1-5 Creation
    Week 2 Atmosphere, Weather Day 2 Creation
    Week 3 Earth’s Layers, Earthquakes, volcanoes Day 3 Creation
    Week 4 Plants, Day 3 Creation
    Week 5 Sun, moon, and stars Day 4 Creation
    Week 6 Flying and Sea Creatures Day 5 Creation
    Week 7 Land Animals and Humans Day 6
    October How Animals and Plants have changed
    Carnivor, poisonous plants, ect.
    Middle East, early peoples The Fall
    Week 4 How people changed Cain & Able, Seth
    November
    Week 1 Music, Sound, First Musical Instruments Middle East, Ancient people Jubal and Tubal-Cain
    Week 2 Music, Sound, First Musical Instruments Middle East, Ancient people Enoch and Methuselah
    Week 3 Land Formations, Go to Glass Mountains Noah And the Flood
    Week 4 Land Formations, Glaciers The Ice Age
    December
    Week 1 Languages City of Shinar The Tower of Babel
    Week 2 Ice Age Middle East Ice Age
    Week 3 Middle East Sumerians
    January Archeology, Solstice Europe, Asia 1st Egyptian Dynasty, Stonehenge,
    India, Xia Dynasty, Abraham
    February Archeology Greece, Middle East Job, Mycenaeans, Jacob
    And Esau, Joseph, Israelite Slavery,
    Founding of Sparta
    Secret of the Prince’s Tomb, Tirzah
    March
    Life in Egypt, Deserts Study Desert Ecosystems and the area
    Moses and the Exodus
    Tirzah
    Month Science Geography History Literature
    September Metallurgy
    Week 1 Iron Israel Joshua, Jericho,
    Hyksos, Judges
    AOI Battle at the
    Kishon
    Hittite Warrior
    Week 2 How Stuff Works
    Lead, Aluminum&
    Steel
    Hittite Empire Hittite Empire, Cont.
    Judges, Trojan War
    Week 3 How it’s Made
    13:12 Iron Bathtubs
    Israel Samson, Eli, Samuel
    Week 4 Modern Marvels Egypt, Sparta Thutmosis 1,2,3
    ,David(make slings)
    Saul
    Showdown
    with the
    ShepperdDarien’s Rise
    October Planets
    Week 1 Build Hand Crank Greece, Isreal Spartans, Solomon,
    Hatshepsut
    Week 2 Kites Jonah, King Tut, Lycurgus of Sparta Odysessy
    Week 3 Marib Dam Rome Olympic Games,
    Seven Wonders, Rome(use
    Teachers guide) Build model
    Hour at the Olympics
    Week 4 Persia, Mexico Daniel, Cyrus, Persian Empire
    Esther(Watch Daniel), Mayan
    God King
    Aesop’s Fables
    Week 5 Hippocrates Aristotle, Plato, Buddhism
    November Anatomy/Batteries
    Week 1 Archimedes Greece Alexander the Great Stallion by Starlight
    Week 2 Great Wall China China 1st Emperor, Great Wall Day of the Dragon King
    Week 3 Hannibal
    Week 4 India The Roman Empire Conquers
    Greece, Julius Cesear
    December
    Week 1
    Week 2 Bronze Bow
    Week 3 Israel(follow path) Jesus Danger of a silent night

     

    This is a little rough but it gives you an idea of what I plan on doing in a school year.

    I have this as a google document also and will be updating it with what we will be learning for the rest of the school year soon.

    If you want to check that out you can view it, here.

    You can also view what we did for each subject, here.

    Check out how I teach history and science without a curriculum, here.

    I also like “All through the Ages: History through Literature guide” by Christine Miller (I have not been using this much for ancient history since she used slightly different dates for when things happened then Answers in Genesis but I plan to start using it again).

    Here is my rough list I have made of literature for certain times:

    Creation ~”The Magicians Nephew” It has an amazing description of Narnia being created.

    Post-Flood~”Life in the Great Ice Age” Follows a young boy at the end of the Ice Age.

    3000-2000 BC~”The Golden Bull” Follows two children growing up in the city of UR.

    “The Last quest of Gilgamesh” illustrated version of a story from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

    “Mummies in the Morning” Magic Tree house about an Egyptian Queens tomb.

    “YU the GREAT, Conquering the flood” A chinese legend on the beginning of the Xia Dynasty.

    1800-1400 BC~”Secret of the Prince’s Tomb” An imagination station adventure at he beginning of Israel’s slavery in Egypt.

    “A Cry from Egypt” Set during the Israelites slavery.

    “Tirzah” at the time of Moses and the Exodus (REALLY good book!)

    “The Golden Goblet” About a boy in Ancient Egypt.

    “Mara, Daughter of the Nile” about a slave girl during Hatshepsut’s reign.

    1300-1000 BC~”Hittite Warrior” Set in the time of the Judges.

    “Showdown with the Shepherd” An imagination station book about David and Goliath.

    “Black Ships before Troy” a retelling of the Iliad. 

    “Tales from the Odyssey Part 1&2″ by Mary Pope Osborn (told in an easy way for children)

    “Shadow Hawk” by Andre Norton (Egypt during the Hyksos reign)

    700 BC~”Hour of the Olympics” Magic Tree House about the Olympic games.

    701 BC ~”God King” Ancient Egypt and Biblical Jerusalem.

    450 BC ~”Herodotus and the Road to History”

    400 BC “Victory on the Walls” a story about Nehemiah. 

    300 BC “Stallion by Starlight” Magic Tree House about Alexander the Great.

    250 BC “Archimedes and the Door of Science”

    200 BC~”Day of the Dragon King” Magic Tree house about the first emperor of China.

    Christ Birth~”Danger on a Silent Night” An imagination station adventure about Jesus’ birth.

    Bronze Bow ~Set during the time of Jesus

    50 AD~”The Ides of April” A Christian during Nero’s time.

    62 AD~”THE IDES OF APRIL”

    70 AD~”For the Temple A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem” by G.A. Henty

    79 AD~”Vacation under the Volcano” Magic Tree House at the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. 

    79 AD~”The Roman Mysteries” by Lawrence, Caroline

    100 AD~”Beyond the Desert Gate” The Jews revolt against Roman occupation. 

    150 AD~”Galen and the Gateway to Medicine”

    300-400 AD~”Attack at the Arena” An imagination station adventure set in Ancient Rome.

    “Spring Gate” About two Christian boys in the Roman Empire.

    500 AD~”Challenge on the Hill of Fire” An imagination station adventure about Saint Patrick.

    700 AD~”Detectives in Togas” about  boys in Ancient Rome.

    “Mystery of the Roman Ransom” about  boys in Ancient Rome.

    1000 AD~”Voyage with the Vikings” An imagination station adventure Leif Eriksson. 

    1100’s AD~”The Boys Knight: A Tale of the Crusades” by G.A. Henty

    1200 AD~”Peril in the Palace” An imagination station adventure set in Ancient China during the time of Kublai Khan.

    1300 AD~”Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon” An imagination station adventure set in Libya.

    1400 AD~”Monday with a Mad Genius” Magic Tree House about Leonardo Da Vinci.

    1572 AD~”Under Drake’s Flag:A Tale of the Spanish Main” by G.A. Henty

    1600 AD~”Dragon of the Red Dawn” Magic Tree House set in Ancient Japan.

    “Problems in Plymouth” An imagination station adventure set in Plymouth.

    1860’s AD~”With Lee in Virginia” by G.A. Henty

    “Crazy Day with Cobras” Magic Tree House set in India.

    1939 ~”Winged Watchman” set during WWII in Holland

    Sorry that the B.C. dates are a little off from the other timelines I shared!

    I left most of the dates at the excepted timeline of the Pharaohs instead because I was not sure what direction we would go.

    If you want to read more about the argument against the traditional timeline, check it out, here.

    books

    I do not mind the boys hearing different dates.

    answertimeline

    We use the dates from Answers in Genesis for our timeline but we discuss the reason behind the different dates.

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    When the boys get older I expect them to look at the evidence and make the decision on their own.

    This was a really long post but I hope it helps someone.