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!



  • Hugs from Grandma

    September 19th, 2014

    hugs

    Two Adventure Authors for Kids

    September 17th, 2014

    Brian's Saga

    I just discovered “Brian’s Saga” by Gary Paulsen.

    It starts with “Hatchet” a story about a troubled 13yr old boy who ends up alone in the Canadian wilderness and his quest to survive.

    My oldest ate this book up.

    He is 8yrs old and in the 3rd grade.

    His reading level is above that though.

    The only thing you might have a problem with this series is that his parents are going through a divorce and his mom has a “secret”(affair).

    They never really expound on it though and my son did not seem to really notice that part of the story.

    Any adventure loving child is going to love this series!

    picture books

    If you have younger children or just love beautiful books than I highly recommend checking out “Canoe Days” and “Dogteam” by the same author.

    My boys read on their own so much that I miss out on books like this a lot but after reading just one page I had to read both of these for myself.

    inside paulsen

    They are gorgeous!

    beautiful

    And it is not just the pictures that draw you in, the writing is breathtaking.

    I felt like I was reading poetry.

    This is what children’s books should be.

    I wish I had found these when my boys were toddlers, I would have loved to read them over and over again.

    I did not want to give them back to the library…

    Jean Craighead George

    My side of the Mountain, On the Far Side of the Mountain, and Frightful’s Mountain” all tie in together in a great series by Jean Craighead George.

    My son now thinks he should get a Falcon for his next pet.

    “Frightful’s Daughter. and Frightful’s Daughter Meets the Baron Weasel” are a beautiful set of picture books that continue the story.

    I had my 6yr old read those to me since he loves animal books so much.

    He can still baulk some at the bigger chapter books so I like to get him into the story first if I can.

    His brother does that for me most of the time though, he talks about a book so much that my youngest has to read it!

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    We also own “One Day in the Prairie” by the same author, it is a nice short chapter book that might be easier for a 1st grader to pick up.

    It is another great book for an animal lover as well.

     

    Do you have a favorite adventure author?

    Deborah, the Hittites, Iron, & the Middle East

    September 16th, 2014

    books

    The last two weeks we have been learning about the early Judges of Israel, the Hittites, the Hyksos, the Middle East, and Metallurgy.

     

    I ended up buying the book above “The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe” by Theodore Gray.

    If you would like to learn about the elements it is a great book! I really like the visual given for each element!

     

    We also watched “Nova: Hunting the Elements” on Netflix which I highly recommend.

    It gives a great intro to what the elements are and is told in such a way that the boys enjoyed it.

    Popcorn helped as well…

     

    Netflix also has several “How Stuff Works” episodes on metal.

    We have watched the one on steel so far and it was really interesting.

     

    The book above “Metal” by Claire Llewellyn gives a really good intro to metal.

    We have been using Wikipedia and the free lapbook I found for most of our information on metal so we have not needed it yet though.

    actionbible

    To learn about the early judges of Israel we mostly used the Action Bible.

    The boys really like it and it gets the story across.

     

    The “Hittite Warrior” is about the time of Deborah also though so they are learning about it some from that.

    The boys have really like this book, the only problem I have with it is we are learning history using Ussher’s Timeline and the book does not use that so some of the information about what is taking place at the same time is off.

    I do like them to hear both sides though so this does not bother me too much.

     

    A really fun source for Deborah is the “Battle at the Kishon” by the Imagination Station!

    I bought it on itunes and we really enjoyed listening to it!

     

    We watched a video from “Digging up the Past” about the Pyramids of Egypt to learn more about the Hyksos.

     

    Also the Smithsonian Channel has several short clips about the Hittites that we enjoyed watching.

    I try to find as much as I can that would give the boys a good idea of what it would be like to live during the time we are learning about.

     

    I also really like these two geography games I found for the boys to play.

    The one on ducksters.com you have to name the countries in the middle east and kidsgeo.com you have to place the countries that are in that continent.

    My boys actually enjoyed both a lot and I am happy to be learning about them at the same time!

    Geography has never been my strong suit.

    iron

    I found out you can buy Iron Filings from a thrifty mom‘s blog post.

    I do recommend that you place the magnet into a ziplock bag before you let your children do this.

    They ended up putting the iron filings on the magnet to play with and shape.

    I still have not gotten all of the iron off those magnets…

    total

    We did the “Eating Nails for Breakfast” experiment.

    Being the amazing mom I am, I had them eat a bowl before I explained what we were doing.

    My oldest looked a bit sick when I said we were going to see if there was metal in what he just ate.

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    He was also not really happy that I was using the last of their sugary cereal to compare to the iron in total.

    ironcereal

    We used hot water to dissolve the cereal.

    It dissolved in less than 15mins.

    iron

    We also extracted the iron so we could look at it under our microscope(one of my favorite school purchases).

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    micro

    It was crazy to look at it that close and think you just ate it!

    ironclose

    silly

    He was a bit grossed out.

    I might have considered this payback for giving me a hard time during some of our school subjects that day if I were not an adult.

    But I am an adult so of course I did not do that…

    inductive

    We tested metals thermal conductivity with a spoon and a hot skillet, similar experiment here.

    We just placed the spoon on the hot skillet until it started to warm up, we did the same thing with one of my plastic cooking spoons to see if it was a conductor.

     

    Information on Metallurgy is hard to find for young kids so I was pretty excited to find a free lapbook about metals on freehomeschooldeals.com.

    We have not assembled much of the lapbook(we had never made one before this) but I am using a lot of the information that they provide.

    clear

    The next experiment we did was on rust.

    I took it from two different experiments actually found, here and here.

    ironscience

    My oldest was in charge of documenting the reactions of iron filings in, water(control), water with vinegar, and water with salt.

    journal

    My youngest was in charge of documenting the reactions of steel wool in, water(control), water with vinegar, and water with salt.

    mymom

    My parents were in town for this one.

    rust

    We studied the rust under our microscope again.

    It was incredible!

     

    We will be doing a slightly different test this week using distilled water.

    Our water has too many minerals and chemicals in it and was not a very good control.

    steel

    I hope this helped someone looking to do something similar!

    This took me a lot of time to find information on so I will be glad if I saved just one person a couple hours!

    I had no clue that when you try to research “metal” you get a lot of crazy painted musicians…

    I did eventually get on the right track though!

    Do you have a favorite experiment with metal?

    We are continuing our study for the rest of this month so I would appreciate any tips!