Bird Watching Books for Homeschool Nature Study



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Do you enjoy birdwatching with your kids, like we do?

We started that when our daughter was only a preschooler.  She loved watching the birds as they came to our feeder.  Later we even made a simple unit study centered on bird watching.  

So today I'd like to share about that, and also recommend to you our favorite books about bird watching, from preschool through the middle school years.

1.  Getting Started with Bird Watching 

One of the reasons that we loved homeschooling our 2e daughter was that we could build in nature study, and getting out in nature whenever we wanted...Well, if it was really raining, we just might not want to, lol. 

For my gifted 2e kiddo, being out in nature was really the best medicine for finding peace after a hard day.  And for me, too!


Stream Schooling.
That started when she was a little one.  Sometimes getting out in nature was a simple as exploring for insects in the backyard, or just taking a book outside, to read under a favorite tree.  We also liked having a bird feeder and a suet feeder hanging out our living room window, so that we could watch the birds come by.

Gradually, bird watching became a favorite past time for my daughter. When my daughter had an interest, like this, we often enjoyed extending our learning in any way that she wanted to.



A Flicker
  
2.  Making a Simple Unit Study

Having a bird feeder nearby, and watching the comings and goings there, can be a great nature study and unit study activity.  

Math can be done just  by just adding in some bird count activities.  You could even report your findings to the FeederWatch site.  That touches on science, reading, and even math, for recording and reporting your stats to the site.
Nature journaling can be the science and art component.  Sometimes we even joined in with  Cornell's Feeder Watch!  

We enjoyed doing that each year, just by counting the number of different birds that came to our backyard feeder.  My daughter and I had so much fun trying to identify them!

Adding in some great books about birds can then easily complete your unit study.

Next, I'd like to share our favorite book about birds and birdwatching, starting with picture books, for your youngest nature lovers.  

3.  Our Favorite Books and Nature Journals 


 .....For Little Birders:





.....For Older Birdwatchers - Middles/Teens:


Birds of North America 



Hi Diddle Diddle, Read a Bird Riddle 
This is our favorite book for older kids and teens, to help them get started with a bird watching hobby.... This book, by Georgette Vikingstad Valle, consists of 28 accurate and complex riddles that cleverly describe each of the birds that are featured in this book.  This is a great way to introduce birding to older kids.  It can also a fun way to test birding knowledge, for those kids who have already started birding.  

Click here to read more about this fun and educational bird riddle book.  Do you want to add Art into your bird watching unit study?


Bird Chalk Pastels Video Art Course


Your kids can learn more about bird identification by learning how to draw them.  These lessons are taught by a master artist using chalk pastels, an easy medium for young artists.  

The only supplies needed are a set of pastels and some construction paper.


Click here for more information and a free sample lesson.  



What would you add to this list?  I love reading your comments.  Would you like to read about 24 Delightful and Enjoyable Outdoor Learning Ideas?

And have more fun with your kids outside this spring, with a World War 1 fun activity by Adventures in Mommydom, and...



Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh schoolcollegegifted/2e and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.




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