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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    Our Homeschool Day ~2018

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

    If you want to see how things have changed, check out previous posts.

    Day in the Life 2017

    Day in the Life 2015

    My boys start school while my girls are eating and doing chores (the boys get up earlier and do some chores before breakfast and some after school).

    That way I can help them more with their math and go over their grammar without too many distractions (in theory).

    I was having too many kids asking for help with different things at once.

    This staggers the questions a bit.

     

    We are trying out the Brave Writer program so I was giving my second oldest dictation here.

    And trying to keep my 3yr old from kicking the stack of papers off my desk…

    The boys have to get Math done before anything else and then need to do Writing, Grammar, and Spelling before moving on to other subjects.

    Otherwise, they put off the harder subjects and just read all day.

    After chores, the girls start on their school.

    Usually, they do their math first and if I am busy they will do their handwriting.

    I do a lesson with one of the twins on one day and practice with the other that same day.

    The next day we switch.

    Practice includes a math card game, review of previous days lesson, math game, and a practice sheet.

    I only work with one of the twins at a time even though they are in the same grade.

    They just do best when they are separate.

    I try to get the twins math done before lunch.

    They think better in the mornings.

    We eat lunch pretty early (11 am) and take turns eating.

    Right after lunch is Read-aloud time and then quiet time.

    This is when I read the girls their history and science.

    All the kids listen while I read our current read-aloud book though, Little House on the Prairie (I forgot to get a picture).

    After quiet time we usually go for a walk.

    It helps to get all the wiggles out so they can finish up the rest of their school.

    My oldest needed me to give him spelling words.

    I feel like a lot of my day is trying to give things to my 3-year-old to keep her entertained.

    She usually lasts 5 minutes on something she really likes…

    We were not able to get all the math done in the morning so I worked on that right away with my twins.

    I always wonder if my kids will even need to read an analog clock when they grow up.

    Ha

    Her faces while playing the math card game…

    Ha

    The boys do their independent work the rest of the day.

    History, Science, Reading, Khan Math, Typing, and Programming.

    The twins schedule is:

    Mon-Wed-Thur

    Math, Reading, Social Studies, and Handwriting.

    Tues-Thurs

    Math, Reading, Spelling, Grammar, and Handwriting.

    I try to do something with my 3yr old a couple of times a week but try to encourage her to play more than anything.

    My boys’ schedule:

    Math, Grammar, Spelling, Writing.

    History(except Wed and Fri), Science, Reading, Typing (twice a week), Programming (twice a week).

    Project (once a week), 10min Khan Math, and Geography (not daily).

     

    I took video also on this day!

    So here is the video I made on the same day.

    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.