by Megan Bittner

Where are your family photos? Do you have pictures tucked away in a shoebox? On an old hard drive? Filling your phone? This Homeschool Classroom will explore the science, art, and application of photography, whether you’re a beginner working with elementary students or an old hand honing your skills with your high schoolers. Learn about the history of cameras and how they’ve developed over the years, incorporate photography into other areas of study and work with your kids to preserve family memories, and explore ways to build and expand on this lifelong hobby.

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 3, and the National Day of Prayer. Each year since a joint resolution by Congress in 1952, the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. This year’s theme is unity, based on Ephesians 4:3 “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (KJV) To learn more about the history and significance of the National Day of Prayer, visit the website. Find events in your area here.

 

The Science of Photography

How Stuff Works offers an excellent breakdown of the components of a SLR camera and how it works.  

Check out a quick timeline on the history of cameras at Science Kids.

Learn about the ancestor of the modern camera, the camera obscura, and even build your own replica with these simple instructions from Pinhole Photography.

Discover a variety of ways to use your camera as an invaluable tool in your scientific studies.

This video provides a fascinating breakdown of the components of a camera and their functions.

 

The Art of Photography

Learn 13 techniques to teach your children about digital photography and composition.

What can kids learn from their experiments in photography? This article from Parents answers that question.

Photography for Busy Parents shares seven reasons you should learn photography.

Scrapbooking with your children is a great way to help each other express your creativity.

Have you tried scrapbooking but ended up buried underneath piles of colored paper, stickers, and unorganized pictures? Check out these 10 reasons to give scrapbooking a chance from A Beautiful Mess.

Teach kids the basics of scrapbooking with Teach Kids How.

Download these free printable portfolio scrapbook pages from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

The Study & Application of Photography

Do you have a budding photographer in your family? Check out the popular teen track – HEAV’s 2018 Convention Photography team, led by Lenspiration’s James Staddon.

This homeschool photography lesson plan outlines lessons in taking 12 pictures to create a DIY calendar.

This photography unit study from Oklahoma Homeschool incorporates 12 lessons relating photography to math, science, communications, gratitude, and more.

Homeschool Base and Homeschooling Ideas both offer some great suggestions of ways to use photography in educational scrapbooks on almost any subject you could think of.

This article from Click It up a Notch includes some great tips for teaching photography and its techniques to young children.

Experiment with these photography projects for kids.

Check out these additional resources for teaching and learning the concepts of digital photography.

How to Create Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup

You can view of sample of Tony Northrup’s video instructions here.

I Wanna Take Me a Picture: Teaching Photography and Writing to Children by Wendy Ewald

Click! Click! Click! Photography for Children by George Sullivan

Creative Photography Lab: 52 Fun Exercises for Developing Self Expression with Your Camera by Steve Sonheim

The Beginner’s Photography Guide by Chris Gatcum

100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs by Guy Edwardes

Teaching Digital Photography: The Ultimate Guide to ‘Tween and Teen Learning by Keith Kyker

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