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: ‘Homeschooling’



    5 Weeks on 1 Week off

    Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

    We started year round school this year so we have been doing school all summer.

    5 weeks of school, 1 week off.

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    Last week was our week off so I planned some experiments for the week.

    We don’t have a lot of time for fun things like this during our regular school week so I like to do them on our week off.

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    This is fluffy slime.

    -Shaving Cream

    -Craft Glue

    -Food Coloring

    -Liquid Starch

    I got the idea from this post but did not have some of the ingredients so I winged it.

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    The next day we did an oil and water experiment from this site.

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    I still had some Alka Setlzer tablets from our lava lamp experiment we had done.

    So when they were done adding the colorful drops of water to their oil they made lava lamps.

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    I used coconut oil since I had a lot on hand and it is nice and clear.

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    I like anything that extends a craft or experiment so I am glad we could add on to it!

    We usually do field trips, games, experiments, or vacation on our weeks off.

    I would prefer to do nothing but that goes downhill quickly with 5 kids.

    Do you plan things for your downtime?

    Microbes & Cells

    Thursday, July 20th, 2017

    We started our study with Microbes and cells.

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    Magic School Bus “In a pickle” introduces microbes.

    “Goes Cellular” is about human cells and there are a couple that teach about plants that touch on plant cells.

    “Inside Ralphie” covers how bacteria makes you sick.

    The Magic school bus was really helpful with my three youngest.

    It is currently on Netflix also.

    The Reading Rainbow has a really good episode called “Germ Make Me Sick” that all of my kids enjoyed.

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    I found really amazing coloring pages for free on the biolegend site, here.

    I read my kids “The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom” while they colored a cell.

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    I put the above books in the girls science box for them to look at during our study.

    The Max Axiom books on Bacteria and Viruses

    The Magic School Bus “The Giant Germ” and “Meets the Rot Squad

    A Value Tales Treasury

     Usborne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” (we were reading Jules Verne for the time period we were studying)

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    I also bought these plant and animal cell models for them to take apart.

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    Microscopic Life” was another good overview book.

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    Again, the “You wouldn’t want to” books were a big hit 🙂

    You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Soap!”

    You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Bacteria!”

    The Surprising World of Bacteria with Max Axiom” we also really enjoy the Max Axiom books.

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    At the same time men were dying of gangrene on Civil War battlefields, men like Louis Pasture, Joseph Lister, and Ferdinand Cohn were changing the face of surgery.

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    I like an overview book like “The Germ Detectives” to make sure we don’t miss anyone.

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    More biolegend coloring pages to go with our bacteria study.

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    Drawing bacteria.

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    We made pickles to see how bacteria can change things.

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    The Value Tales story about Louis Pasteur was really good for young kids.

    My older two(9&10) read these other books on Louis Pasteur.

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    I also used these other resources for my boys;

     Cells Worsheets

    Bacteria Worsheet

    The Wonder of Cells (video on Answers in Genesis)

    How a Virus Works (really good video on youtube)

    Inner Life of the Cell (another really interesting youtube video)

    Gutsy: The card game (a really cool FREE card game about microbes)

    Also our Microscope was so useful during our study!

    Tulsa Waterworks & A Serendipitous Educational Moment

    Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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    A friend of mine was watching one of my girls for me so I had only 4 kids!

    I wanted to go for a walk and was looking around for a good place when we found a pretty big city waterworks and reservoir.

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    This was perfect!

    We had just watched the Magic School Bus waterworks show on the way their!

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    It was great to talk about what we had just watched while walking on the walking path around the reservoir.

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    The cleaning process was a lot more interesting after seeing a dead fish in the water people drink…

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    Thanks dead fish for an easy teachable moment.

    Pretty sure they will remember this one.

     It would be so much fun to tour the actual waterworks!

    It was right next to us and so impressive looking!