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!



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    Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park ~Prairie Grove, AR

    Monday, December 11th, 2017

    While at Devil’s Den State Park, I picked up some brochures on other state parks nearby.

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    I had wanted to go to the Prairie Grove Battlefield for a little while so I was happy it was pretty close to where we were staying.

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    The museum was small but had a lot of hands-on and interactive displays!

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    The battle of Prairie Grove was a large Civil War battle and would be a perfect stop if you are studying that era or just find that time interesting.

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    When you touched a cannon ball(what my oldest daughter is doing) it would show you a animation of how far it would shoot.

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    My oldest liked looking at all the different weapons.

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    Little bit trying to lift a cannonball!

    She did not succeed…

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    The grounds were so pretty!

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    So many old buildings!

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    There is a 1 mile walking tour but also a driving tour!

    We did both and it was an easy way to learn some interesting history.

    And really sad history.

    Be prepared that it does talk about the ground being soaked in blood and other facts like that.

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    The first part of the walk was my favorite.

    Lots of beautiful historic buildings to see and give the kids a glimpse of what it was like back then.

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    It looks so peaceful.

    Such a contrast to what it must have looked like during the battle.

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    I can’t help but think of the families who lost everything just because their house ended up being in the middle of a battle.

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    They find the Osage Orange’s so interesting.

    I can’t blame them so do I!

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    I really like to visit these kinds of places when they have reenactments going or other historical events.

    If you are planning a trip just to see it, go to their website first and see if they have anything coming up.

    It really helps history come to life!

    Curriculum 2017-2018

    Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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    Since we are doing year-round school now grades are a little less clear-cut than normal.

    So this is the curriculum I will be using for my twins that are in 1st-2nd grade.

    RightStart Math Level C (we are actually still finishing up level B right now)

    All About Spelling Level 1

    For Handwriting, I am making my own worksheets for the twins.

    They have been doing Handwriting Without Tears but they need more repetition and practice.

    So I made my own worksheets that still follow the same approach as the program.

    For Grammar, I am trying to work on a Montessori approach.

    I bought these stencils and made the shapes out of felt.

    I am hoping that this more hands-on approach will make it easier for them.

    For History, I get picture books that are in the same time period the boys are learning.

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    I am using easy readers like Bob books and other phonics based books for the twins reading.

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    Science is similar to the boys, I just get books that cover the time period or place we are learning about.

    I do try to get hands on things to go with it if possible though.

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    The boys are both in 6th grade.

    The boy’s math is not pictured here because it is all online.

    They do VideoText.com and Khan Acadamy for math.

    We have been doing both of those since last year and like it so far.

    They also do;

    All About Spelling Level 6(we started at level 1 and still really like it).

    I am having them work through Spectrum Language Arts workbook this year for grammar.

    I suppliment their history with Draw and Write through history and World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Activity Book with History Revealed.

    We use the Draw and Write through History more than the other.

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    This is what the inside of the two books look like.

    The History Revealed book has activity and books suggestions.

    I mean to use it more than I do.

    I just don’t seem to get around to it.

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    I have really liked the Draw and Write through History series.

    It is a little too advanced for the girls yet though.

    I liked the series called Draw Write Now for them but only have one book so far.

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    This is the inside of the Language Arts book and Spelling book.

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    I found this book filled with fact sheets on World War 1 for a really good deal and have really liked it.

    I usually find free quizzes or crosswords online for the boys but this was so cheap and easy I could not pass it up.

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    I have some of these Professor Noggins quiz games to help the boys review what they have learned.

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    This is an example of how many books I bought for our current study.

    I rely heavily on library books for the boy’s History, Science, and Geography.

    I also bought a few ebooks to go with our current study.

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    For handwriting practice, I have the boys do copywork from our current study.

    For example, speeches from World War 1 or poetry from that time period.

    I tie the different subjects together by timeline and keep track of it on a spreadsheet.

    September The Industrial Revolution , Cotton Gin USA French and Indian Wars, and American Revolution The Runaway’s Revenge, The Chimney Sweep’s
    Ransom(ebooks). G.A Henty Novels
    1700’s Mid-Late Beethovan US Supreme court
    October The Locomotive, Steam Engines Napoleon, French Revolution, William Carey, Lewis and Clark Alexandre Dumas Beethovan
    November Steam Boat, Erie canal War of 1812, Francis Scott Key, Peter Cartwright, William Carey The Broken Blade and The Wintering
    ~The Sign of the Beaver, Mark Twain, Abandoned
    on the Wild Frontier, “William Wordsworth
    ” ,Cooper
    Early 1800’s Beethovan
    December James Audubon, Samuel F. B. Morse Africa Battle of the Alamo, David Livingston, Davy Crockett,
    Daniel Boone
    Jules Verne Mid 1800’s
    January Gold, Thomas Edison, Joseph Lister,
    Ferdinand Cohn, Microbes
    California Gold Rush, Oregon Trail
    February Cells Irish Potato Famine
    March Bacteria
    April
    May Alfred Nobel(Dynamite), Louis Pasteur, Robert
    Koch, Viruses
    Clara Barton, Pre-Civil War, Lincoln, Crimean War Mid 1800’s
    Elevator, Transcontinental Railroad Eastern USA, Mexico Civil War, Clara Barton, Cinco de Mayo
    Gregor Mendel, Genetics Western USA Oregon Trail, Westward Expansion
    June Nikola Tesla, Bell, Electricty Germany, France Franco-Prussian War, the statue of liberty, Eiffel tower The Young Franc Tireurs And Their Adventures in the Franco-Prussian War,
    Lamplighter
    1870
    George Washington Carver, Marie Curie William Booth, Van Gough, Paris Expo Sherlock Holmes, 1880
    August Wright Brothers, Flying Antarctica Russo-Japanese War, Entente Cordiale, Leading up
    to WW1, Roosevelt, Panama Canal, Antarctic Exped.
    Brighty 1900’s
    September Albert Einstein Europe WW1 The west point story(ebook), Spies of World War 1(ebook), one of ours (ebook). Sergeant York (ebook) 1914
    Amelia Earhart, The Great Depression,
    Atomic bomb WW2, Winston Churchill, Chuck Yeager Sound of Music, Winged Watchman(ebook), Lost Squardron 1939

     

    This is what we covered over the last year.

    It is constantly changing.

    If I see something interesting I would like to cover than I find a place to add it in.

    I like that I can just add in things we maybe missed to catch the next time around.

    I don’t stick to a set schedule on how long each study will take.

    It mostly depends on interest level and amount of materials to cover.

    Solar Eclipse

    Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

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    We did a few last minute projects yesterday on the solar eclipse.

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    The chalk drawings can be found, here.

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    The models of the moon’s orbit are, here.

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    I did not buy glasses so we watched the shadows change into cresents.

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    The four oldest did look once with their dad’s welding mask.

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    It was nice to hang out in the middle of the day and it feel the temperature drop like it was evening.

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    The shadows were so pretty!

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