About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, 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!



  • Archive: February, 2015



    Beautiful, fluffy flakes

    Thursday, February 26th, 2015

    snowman

    We had the most beautiful snow coming down Monday evening!

    tongue

    My boys dress for warmth instead of style…

    kick

    Poor little snowman.

    snow

    snowfight

    throw

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    snowangel

    run

    maddie

    Soft flakes make for some yummy ice cream!

    It is just Milk, Sugar, Vanilla, and Snow.

    You should make some!

    snowicecream

    We hurried out the next morning to enjoy the snow before it melted!

    sledding

    I tried out a different angle for pics.

    climb

    I sat at the top of the hill so the sun would act as a back light and next to a tree to frame the shots with branches.

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    You can see more of the clutter in our yard this way but I like backlit subjects.

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    sledding3

    withhim

    I gave my camera to my oldest so I could get in a shot!

    This goof had a hat on top of a jacket hood.

    He said it was warmer that way.

    The Battle of Round Mountain Educational Day ~Yale, OK

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

    I found out about the Battle of Round Mountain Winter Encampment in Yale, OK right before it took place last year and did not make it!

    So this year I was determined to get out there.

    Friday is the educational day, Saturday and Sunday they have a battle re-enactment.

    sign

    It is hosted at the Assemblies of God church in Yale.

    You park in the church parking lot, go behind the church and you will see the trail sign.

    welcome

    There is a path that leads to the camp.

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    confederatecamp

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    This was a wonderful setup.

    She was so nice and shared so much information with us about the food during that time!

    food

    She really wanted the boys to touch everything!

    We ended up buying some Molasses Cookies from her and it was like I was back at my Grandma’s house.

    She loved Molasses cookies.

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    There were a couple of shops with some clothing, candy, and toys to buy.

    hats

    My oldest wanted to know if the pants were pajamas.

    pants

    tents

    shops

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    This man loved to share and teach.

    He wanted to show the kids everything.

    I am so thankful for people like this, that share their love of history with kids.

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    His son was there as well and gave us a demonstration on his drum!

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    If you would like to hear what it sounded like, I posted a short video I took on YouTube, here.

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    camp

    horse

    We remember seeing this guy last year at the Honey Springs Re-enactment.

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    My oldest was pretty excited to see an artillery sign.

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    He likes the big guns…

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    Not sure where to start getting your children excited about history?

    Check out how I introduced a love of history to my boys, here.

    Or some of my favorite books for kids on the civil war, here.

    Pompeii and Volcanoes

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    Here are the books we used to study the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

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    *This post contains Amazon Associate links

    “Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne

    “I Survived #10: I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis

    “You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Pompeii! A Volcanic Eruption You’d Rather Avoid” by John Malam

    “Escape from Pompeii” by Christina Balit

    Volcanobooks

    We studied Volcanoes along with learning about the Mount Vesuvius eruption.

    Here are the books we used.

    “The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (Magic School Bus)” by Joanna Cole

    “The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book #15: Voyage to the Volcano by Judith Stamper

    “The Explosive World of Volcanoes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science)” by Christopher L. Harbo

    “Big Book of Earth & Sky” by Bodie Hodge

    “Volcano Rising” by Susan Swan

    “Volcanoes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)” by Franklin M. Branley

    MagicSchoolbusKit

    We also used a Magic School Bus Kit, The Magic School Bus -Blasting Off With Erupting Volcanoes.

    kit

    The boys got a lot out of the labelling the kit had them do!

    I was really surprised by that. I thought they would get more out of the actual experiments.

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    stickers

    The were really interested in figuring out what types the different volcanoes we read about were.

    volcanochart

    Sometimes I just never know what will interest them!

    egg

    They liked this experiment showing how fault lines work.

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    Drawing the fault lines on his “earth”.

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    Hopefully our earth does not have to be squished for an eruption to take place…

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    splat

    Total destruction.

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    bakingsoda

    I was a little disappointed that most of the experiments had to do with baking soda reactions to different acids.

    I guess it is the most kid friendly eruption but I felt like it did not have a lot to do with how an actual eruption takes place.

    funnel

    water

    We decided to try out one I had found online a while ago, here.

    Please buy the Corning Pyrex made for laboratory use for this experiment!

    We used regular Microwave safe Pyrex and I think it was a horrible idea.

    I read about it later and saw that it is not safe for stove tops!

    Do not use it!

    Yikes!

    We will be buying this “Corning Pyrex 1000-600 Glass 600mL Graduated Low Form Griffin Beaker, 50mL Graduation Interval, with Double Scale before we try this again!

    wax

    The wax works it’s way up through the sand when it is heated.

    Very cool.

    We also watched Nova: Deadliest Volcanoes and Pompeii – The Last Day.

    Deadliest Volcanoes was great! It even talked about Vesuvius and that fact it is actually a part of a super volcano!

    That is crazy to see!

    Pompeii: The Last Day was a little too intense for my 7&8yr old.

    They ended up leaving because it was just too much for them.

    I enjoyed it though and I think teenagers would find it interesting but it might be too sad for young kids.

    It tried to give a story to the cast’s of people and animals that they found from the eruption.

    Both of these were available on Netflix when we did this study.