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!



  • Ancient China, Gunpowder, and Paper.

    April 23rd, 2015

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    We touched on China BC, here.

    This time we were learning about the beginning of Gunpowder, Paper, and China’s three Kingdoms in the 1st century AD

    Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China: Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon King (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
    is made to go with the Magic Tree House book “Day Of The Dragon-King (Magic Tree House 14, paper)” but it has a lot of information that was helpful for this study as well.

    We also got “The Story of Paper” by Ying Chang Compestine.

    I had planned to try to make paper with the boys but when it came down to it what I wanted to do proved to be too much work for me to jump in on.

    I found resources for Gunpowder hard to come by but here are two interesting video clips we found on the history channel’s site,

    Gunpowder: A Brief Big History

    Gunpowder to Guns

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    I did decide to delve into Chinese Characters and Mandarin this time though.

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    The boys had a lot of fun trying out different characters for numbers.

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    The book they used is “The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)”.

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    We used Tuttle Chinese for Kids Flash Cards Kit Vol 1 Simplified Character: [Includes 64 Flash Cards, Downloadable Audio, Wall Chart & Learning Guide]: Simplified Character v. 1 (Tuttle Flash Cards) to learn some Mandarin.

    I have the Early Start Mandarin Chinese with Bao Bei the Panda
    videos for children that are great at teaching words and phrases but they proved too young for the boys now.

    I was a little sad they are too big for them.

    I remember how much they liked them when they were little and how great they are at teaching Mandarin!

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    I had the boys try out chopsticks for the first time as well!

    It did not go well with my youngest…

    HA!

    If you want to see other resources that I saved but did not get to, check out my Pinterest board for Ancient History, here.

    Springtime at Ray Harral Nature Park~ Broken Arrow, OK

    April 20th, 2015

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    Ray Harral Nature Park is a great place to go for easy trails in a beautiful setting.

    The Nature Center is a great learning environment and it is located right in the city!

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    It is located east of Elm Place on 121st(Tucson).

    You turn into the school to get to the main parking lot.

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    This is such a great time to go!

    The weather is not too hot and the bugs are not too bad.

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    We saw a harmless Northern Rough Green Snake while on our walk.

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    There are a couple pavilions to eat at on the trail as well.

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    Everything is so pretty right now!

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    Do you live in the BA/Tulsa area?

    Have you ever been to Ray Harral?

    What taking pictures with my boys actually looks like…

    April 17th, 2015

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    Most of the time I just show you the end result of my self portraits with my boys.

    Here are some of the in between shots.

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    They are not good at waiting patiently…

    Also, I probably have taken hundreds of shots of me walking into the shot.

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    There must be sticks…

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    “Take a picture of me attacking this tree.”

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    “No, you need to go on this side…”

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    “Okay, no more stick.”

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    They started making crazy noises.

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    Me trying to figure out where I need to be to be in the shot.

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    Oops.

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    It still works, kind of.

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    Me trying to figure out if the boys are in the shot…

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    I thought they both should stand.

    Nope.

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    Try again.

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    Focus was too low.

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    They get nutty…okay they are nutty from the start.

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    One more time!

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    “Let’s make crying baby noises!”

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    Sometimes these goons just need to be tickled.

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    My youngest, “The mighty warriors have been defeated by tickling.”

    Did that make you tired?

    I shot these with my Nikon D600, 50mm lens, tripod, and the Interval Timer on the camera.

    I could not find my remote…

    Ha!