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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    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.

    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!

    The Alamo, Dr. Livingstone, Africa, Jonny Appleseed, and Jules Verne

    Friday, April 7th, 2017

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    Any time I can link a great author into our study, I do!

    Jules Verne is someone I was excited to introduce the boys too.

    This biography just inspires the imagination, doesn’t it?

    The Man who invented tomorrow” such a great title.

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    I threw the full version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in with our school books.

    I was not sure if they would get through it but I had read it and enjoyed it so I thought I would give it a try.

    They fought over it!!!!

    Definitely a homeschool mom win in my book.

    They both finished it and liked to talk about the amazing things written.

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    I also borrowed the Classics Illustrated version of 20,000 Leagues from the library(ebook).

    Any of those that I can get they gobble up.

    They look like comic books and are a fun way for them to see the story even more.

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    The Battle of the Alamo was happening the same time Jules Verne was growing up.

    I will sometimes pick an author based on when they wrote their novel or sometimes when they were born.

    It just depends on the content of the novels.

    It is easy to see how he could think anything was possible, having grown up during the tail end of the industrial revolution.

    I was so happy to find a “You Choose” book on the Alamo!

    My boys love those books!

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    We also listened to several stories from Rabbit Ears Treasury of Tall Tales.

    The one about Davy Crockett is read by Nicholas Cage and is very animated!

    HA

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    Here is my oldest drawing the Alamo from our Write and Draw through History book.

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    Rabbit Ears Treasury of Tall Tales also had a story about Johnny Appleseed that was interesting.

    It said that he believed he was getting beautiful brides in heaven for the work he was doing?

    What?

    Ha

    I had never head that before.

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    We studied David Livingstone and Africa also during this time.

    There was very little for kids about him but the History Channel’s “Great Explorers series” has a movie on him that was interesting and very informative.

    It was also not only his good qualities but things they thought he did wrong.

    I really like when we can get resources that tell both sides so we can discuss it.

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    I used OurJourneyWestward.com’s Living Geography book list for our Africa study.

    I loved this idea and it gave me an opportunity to expose my kids to some great books!

    Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” is one of my favorites.

    It is a a Cinderella type story but with an emphasis on being a good person.

    It was not her beauty that made her a princess.

    I liked that.

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    We got the audio book version of “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales.” 

    So many of them were so good!

    Some were maybe a bit scary for young kids though so you might want to review it a bit first.

    The story of how the animals came to have their trunks and spots was my favorite and the 1st one about the king that lost his ring!

    So good.

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    So many beautiful stories!

    We will definitely be covering geography this way again.

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    I made a Ten Days in Africa type game to go with our study.

    Only the boys and I played this one because the girls can not read well enough to be able to do this type of game yet.

    I have done a blog post before on how I make these, here.

    But all you need is a map of the continent and some cards with the different countries on them.

    These types of games seem to really help us learn the geography!

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    We all got to use the “How to draw African animals” book.

    I actually walked them all through the steps this time and drew with them.

    That seemed to help a lot of them be able to follow along.

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    My girls got frustrated that their’s did not look just like the book but I think they did a great job!

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    These last two are the boys drawings.

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    I also took advantage of the fact we were studying Africa to let my kids watch Wild Kratts!

    They have a lot of videos on African Animals and all my kids like watching them.

    Sometimes I embrace the things that are easiest!

    Like taking pictures with my phone…

    This season of life is definitely showing me what is a priority and what is not!

    Do you use “living books” to teach geography?

    Check out how I link my subjects, here.