When we first started implementing the Charlotte Mason way in our homeschool, I was a city girl through and through. Nature wasn’t anything that I normally thought of, unless I was screaming about something creepy or crawly. The study of birds was the thing that changed all of that for me!
I will always cherish the year that I decided to study birds with my two oldest children. In that year, we learned to identify all of the birds in our area by sight, flight and some by calls. We literally stopped in the middle of ‘book work' to learn to identify a new bird that visited our feeder and even bundled up with coats and blankets to sit in the cold March, to watch a pair of Carolina Wren build their nest in one of our handmade bird houses. We would stop at the side of the road to watch a Bald Eagle soar over us or a Red-tail hawk perching on a fence.
No surprise that these cherish memories are motivating me in having the same kind of homeschooling experience with my younger boys and wanting to share it with you, as an encouragement to allow creation to be your children's school lesson and find peace in studying birds.
Here is how we study birds in our homeschooling:
We first invested in a good field guide to help us identify the birds that we discovered. We used a notebook page to record our new discoveries, as we learned about them. Get our Bird Notebook Page for free to use in your study! We invested in a window feeder and a bird seed that feeds a good mixture of seeds to attract several kinds of birds, including songbirds, finches and woodpeckers. Then we were always being observant where ever we went and were eager to take pictures to identify our discoveries when we were able to take the time.
Here are 25 of the easiest birds to learn:
- Tufted Titmouse
- White Breasted Nut Hatch
- American Gold Finch
- Purple Gold Finch
- Northern Cardinal
- Eastern Bluebird
- Chipping Sparrow
- Fox Sparrow
- Song Sparrow
- Mocking Bird
- Bald Eagle
- Canadian Goose
- Mallard Duck
- Red Tailed Hawk
- Rock Dove
- Mourning Duck
- Downy Woodpecker
- Northern Flicker
- Red-Bellied Woodpecker
- Pileated Woodpecker
- Blue Jay
- Carolina Wren
- American Robin
Here are some great online resources that will help enhance your study of birds:
- Audubon Society
- National Geographic's Backyard Bird Identifier
- Bird Watchers Digest
- eNature: Bird Audio
If you want more nature ideas, follow my Nature Pinterest Board!
Do you have a favorite bird story?
If you homeschool with the Charlotte Mason method or desire to implement some of her methods, consider joining my Mother Culture Connections for Charlotte Mason Educators.
Check out my post on the Homeschool Village, How to Implement the Charlotte Mason Method into Your Current Curriculum.
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