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: ‘science’

    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.


    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


    Owl Puke the Book

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


    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.


    We did not finish the documentary.


    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.


    Bird Watching


    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.


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

    Middle Ages, the Plague, and Microbes.

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


    We started out our study of the Middle Ages with an overview of what was going on all over the world during the early part of the Middle Ages.

    There were actually different stages to the Middle Ages and each one was pretty different.

    Not all of them were Dark either.



    Please remember my boys are adventure loving and they like the exciting history best before you look at the timelines they created.


    They latched on to even the slightest mention of a battle…


    I did get them to leave Easter Island battle free though!



    Yes, the Roman Empire was still around during the Middle Ages.

    I pretty much got every book the library had on Knights and the Middle Ages and just let my boys go at them.



    You Choose history books were again a favorite of my boys.

    They will read them again and again.


    I like to mix in a LOT of Historical Fiction with our studies.


    We watched Disney’s Robin Hood to go with our study.

    I was pretty excited about it!


    They also did a couple of the lessons with Draw and Write your way through History.



    I felt like I failed in the science department at first.

    I was just getting books on the plague and talking about different discoveries that were going on.

    Then at the end of our study we collected puddle water and studied it under the microscope.

    They were amazed and proceeded to eat up all the books the library had on Microbes!

    We also watched the Magic School Bus Episodes on Microbes.

    Magic School Bus “In A Pickle” and “Inside Ralphie.”

    I have to remind myself sometimes that my slow and steady approach to getting the boys interested in something does work!

    It just looks lazy for a bit but always pays off!

    For more ideas on the Middle Ages, check out my Pinterest board.

    Pompeii and Volcanoes

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    Here are the books we used to study the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.


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    “Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne

    “I Survived #10: I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis

    “You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Pompeii! A Volcanic Eruption You’d Rather Avoid” by John Malam

    “Escape from Pompeii” by Christina Balit


    We studied Volcanoes along with learning about the Mount Vesuvius eruption.

    Here are the books we used.

    “The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (Magic School Bus)” by Joanna Cole

    “The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book #15: Voyage to the Volcano by Judith Stamper

    “The Explosive World of Volcanoes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science)” by Christopher L. Harbo

    “Big Book of Earth & Sky” by Bodie Hodge

    “Volcano Rising” by Susan Swan

    “Volcanoes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)” by Franklin M. Branley


    We also used a Magic School Bus Kit, The Magic School Bus -Blasting Off With Erupting Volcanoes.


    The boys got a lot out of the labelling the kit had them do!

    I was really surprised by that. I thought they would get more out of the actual experiments.



    The were really interested in figuring out what types the different volcanoes we read about were.


    Sometimes I just never know what will interest them!


    They liked this experiment showing how fault lines work.



    Drawing the fault lines on his “earth”.



    Hopefully our earth does not have to be squished for an eruption to take place…



    Total destruction.



    I was a little disappointed that most of the experiments had to do with baking soda reactions to different acids.

    I guess it is the most kid friendly eruption but I felt like it did not have a lot to do with how an actual eruption takes place.



    We decided to try out one I had found online a while ago, here.

    Please buy the Corning Pyrex made for laboratory use for this experiment!

    We used regular Microwave safe Pyrex and I think it was a horrible idea.

    I read about it later and saw that it is not safe for stove tops!

    Do not use it!


    We will be buying this “Corning Pyrex 1000-600 Glass 600mL Graduated Low Form Griffin Beaker, 50mL Graduation Interval, with Double Scale before we try this again!


    The wax works it’s way up through the sand when it is heated.

    Very cool.

    We also watched Nova: Deadliest Volcanoes and Pompeii – The Last Day.

    Deadliest Volcanoes was great! It even talked about Vesuvius and that fact it is actually a part of a super volcano!

    That is crazy to see!

    Pompeii: The Last Day was a little too intense for my 7&8yr old.

    They ended up leaving because it was just too much for them.

    I enjoyed it though and I think teenagers would find it interesting but it might be too sad for young kids.

    It tried to give a story to the cast’s of people and animals that they found from the eruption.

    Both of these were available on Netflix when we did this study.