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We do a lot of our homeschool studies sitting at the kitchen table. The table sits by the large windows overlooking the backyard. It is the perfect place to bird watch.
From the robins who search for worms and insects on the ground to the flycatchers who grab their lunch in mid-air, we can see them all from the comfort of our kitchen chairs. I decided to turn all that bird watching into a more formal study. (Why study backyard birds?)
Over the past couple days, the kids have researched some of the backyard birds we have spotted this winter. Using the bird themed notebooking pages, they are recording what they have learned.
The kids were given a notebooking page for their chosen birds and 3 reference books for their research.
The Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds has been my bird guide for 20 years. I have my life list recorded inside. It is always in the window seat drawer along with my binoculars.
The other two books came with our Nancy Larson Science curriculum last year. Both are great, basic bird books for young learners and those seeking basic bird identification and habit information.
Common Birds And Their Songs comes with a CD of bird songs and calls so you can hear what the birds sound like. Learning bird songs is helpful when you can’t get a good look at a bird. Sometimes you can identify it by its song.
Birds, Nests, And Eggs is a children’s guide book with beautiful illustrations of birds, nests, and their eggs.
Adding Art To Your Notebooking
We decided to add some art to our backyard birds study and used the free chickadee chalk tutorial from Hodgepodge
Related link: chalk pastel tutorial ebooks and art curriculum
The notebooking pages and art turned out so well, we hung them up on the bulletin board.