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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    Money Saving Fail!

    Friday, April 3rd, 2015

    Curriculum can cost a lot.

    In case you did not know.


    I try to save costs some by getting as many history books as I can from the library but some of the other stuff requires me to purchase the book.

    I bought some of my curriculum from a second hand store for homeschoolers called Bibliomania in Tulsa.


    I bought First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 3 from them.

    It was only slightly cheaper than buying it on Amazon and it came in this binding because that is what the original owner preferred.

    I wish I had bought the one that had not been cut up like this because it is harder to store in the binder.

    With Level 3 the boys needed worksheets, which I would need to buy new.

    After looking at their site, I got the bright idea to buy the PDF version instead.

    I made sure it was okay to print two copies of it since I had two students using it(my 2nd and 3rd grader do a lot of the same work).


    So I have been printing the boys worksheets for the school year from the PDF version of the workbook.

    It has been a pain.

    For one, it is 352 pages!

    That is a lot of printing.

    I finally decided to figure out if I was actually saving enough money to warrant the extra work.

    I took the cost of the bundle of paper we buy and divided it by cost per sheet of paper, than multiplied it by the number of sheets we print.


    Not bad.

    Than I took the cost of ink for the printer and the number of pages it says you get per ink cartridge, divided to cost per sheet and multiplied it by how many sheets we print.



    After adding the cost of the PDF file my total price for printing it myself?


    The cost of buying two workbooks?



    I am buying the workbooks next year.

    Have you ever tried to save some money and ended up spending more?

    Hipprocrates, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates

    Thursday, January 15th, 2015

    For Hippocrates we did a review of anatomy since he is known as the father of medicine.


    We also read his mini bio, here.


    The boys really liked these Usborne books.



    I had trouble finding books for Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle so I used their mini bio’s I found online as well.

    After we read their bio I would read some quotes from them and then we would discuss what we thought they meant.

    We had been starting out our mornings reading Aesop’s Fables in the same way so the boys are pretty good at it now.

    The Fables were written in around the same time so we were reading them for our literature.

    Read the real thing.

    Not the washed down version that leaves everyone with happily every after.

    The Grasshopper dies because he did not plan for the winter, he does not spend a cold miserable winter learning his lesson so that he can plan for the next one…


    It is also very enlightening to learn about slaves in Ancient Greece.

    Many of these great thinkers had slaves to do everything for them, thus giving them plenty of time to develop ideas and theories.


    These are my boys favorite history books.


    I do not even have to tell them to read them.

    I just put them in our library book basket and they snatch them out.

    Making Grammar and Spelling Fun.

    Thursday, December 18th, 2014

    Brian Cleary

    Sometimes learning facts about any subject gets BORING.

    Although I really like our curriculum that we use for Grammar and spelling, it is still curriculum.

    We need to change it up once in a while.

    These books by Brian P. Cleary are so much fun!


    The boys will read them over and over again!

    We also watch a lot of “Schoolhouse Rock” on Disney’s youtube channel and Grammaropolis.

    My boys could watch Grammaropolis’ video “Do you Qualify?” all day.

    Veggie Tales has a really fun silly song about Homophones as well.


    We really like Zip-It for spelling practice.

    I give the boys a list of spelling words we are learning to choose from and they have to use one of those for their first word.


    My youngest is really good at this game!

    I like scrabble also.


    What do you do to make learning fun?