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!



  • Tag: ‘homeschool’



    Favorites from August 2016 ~Adoption

    Sunday, March 19th, 2017

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    Homeschooling 5 was and still is interesting.

    I liken it to juggling.

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    Summer in OK means water play.

    All day.

    So hot.

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    Someone got something in their mouth that did not belong.

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    Of course the slip n slide was not wet enough and they needed to splash each other as they went through.

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    Summer evenings and water play almost make me happy summer is almost here.

    Almost.

    Our Study of Birds and Audubon ~Homeschool

    Friday, February 24th, 2017

    I am still working on how to tie lessons together for the girls and boys.

    The boys do 5th grade work and the girls are in 1st grade but need a very simplified version.

    So it has not been until recently that I have really been trying to include them in the history or science that the boys are studying.

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    Birds seemed like a perfect subject for them all to learn though.

    For one of the boys studies the past couple weeks they were learning about John Audubon and birds.

     I give the girls a science shelf for their independent learning and made it all about birds.

    Here are some of the things I included:

    Bird Bingo(one of my favorite educational games)

    Bird Guides like Birds of Oklahoma

    The Magic School Bus Flies the Nest

    Backyard Birds Toob (I had them try to find the matching bird on the Backyard Birds of North America guide)

    Bird Flash Cards

    Binoculars

    Owl Puke the Book

    We also finally refilled our bird feeder and would identify the birds that came.

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    I got a pbs documentary on Audubon called John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature from the library and was having the kids all watch in the vehicle.

    I had no clue that Audubon killed the birds he drew!

    He posed them by sticking wires through them!

    I asked my oldest if they were showing that and he said “yep.”

    My kids eyes were huge.

    Oops…

    We did not finish the documentary.

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    My youngest boy(9) loves learning about animals and is like a walking encyclopedia about them so he really liked reading about birds for school.

    He also told me that Audubon met Daniel Boone!

    I love it when our studies intersect like that.

    Just another benefit of learning History, Science, and Literature via timeline.

    Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier was such a pretty looking picture book.

    I don’t get to read many of these books anymore since my boys are independent readers.

    We also got John Audubon Young Naturalist but I forgot to take a picture of it.

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    Bird Watching

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    I really liked tying their studies together!

    Now I just need to figure out how to make the science shelf fun and interesting for the next study.

    Microbes…

    I have a feeling it will not be as pretty as birds.

    Our Homeschool Day 2015-2016

    Monday, January 16th, 2017

    The last Homeschool Day I shared was January of 2015.

    I only had two kids to teach.

    I now teach 4 (and a half).

    Ha

    My 2yr old does not like being left out so I do a little lesson with her on most days.

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    I  am trying to start our day with a short story or poem with all of my kids.

    Then one of the boys plays with the 2yr old and the other starts his math.

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    I do reading with one of the girls.

    The other does an independent reading project, like word matching cards.

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    I then switch and my other daughter reads to me while the other does independent work.

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    When I am done with both of the twins it is my youngest’s turn.

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    We work on letter sounds, numbers, and simple things like farm animals or butterflies.

    After I am done with her lesson we usually go for a walk.

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    The boys can do most of their work independently.

    They just need writing assignments, new books for their school shelf, and their work monitored.

    I also will give them science or history projects.

    For our current study they are researching the Erie Canal with the knowledge they will have to build a working canal with a lock.

    I tie together the boys history, geography, science, and literature by time period.

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    For instance, they are studying the war of 1812, the Erie Canal, Francis Scott Key, Peter Cartwright, Steamboats, Mark Twain, and Beethoven at the same time.

    I put all their books on one shelf.

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    Here are steamboats that they made.

    I actually had them research and make their own prototypes first.

    Then I gave them some sites with directions and needed to help them troubleshoot.

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    We eat lunch and have quiet time.

    The boys do their reading during quiet time.

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    I am usually correcting in the midst of working with one.

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    After quiet time and snack I start the twins math lessons.

    They do not learn well together so even though they are learning the same thing I do the lesson with one at a time.

    Sometimes they are able to finish their math lesson, but often they need extra help to pay attention and need to wait for Nick to get home.

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    This is probably a pretty honest picture of how our lessons go.

    I have found holding a hot cup of tea calms me.

    Sometimes I just need to hold my cup of tea, breath, and think of how I can explain something so that it is understood.

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    The boys and girls both do the same math curriculum (RightStart Math).

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    Once in a while we do projects all together.

    Most of the time the boys do projects independently.

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    I like how calm these pictures make it look.

    It was not calm.

    It was a thousand questions and a toddler that kept spilling things.

    Not questions about the science of it by the way.

    Ha

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    If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen these.

    I took the first group of pictures at the same time to show what everyone does at a given moment.

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    This one shows the aftermath of our math lessons…

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    Hope you liked getting a peek into what our day might look like.

    Ha

    I have found I have to be flexible most days.