Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in a National Park. Don’t make it hard. Just go outside. This month, we suggest you spend some time outside every day that is reasonable and observe what is going on with the birds in your own yard as well as around your neighborhood or local parks. You don’t have to know all the answers to your kids’ questions because you can look up the answers later.
Here are some more questions to consider with your kids while you explore:
- What does the bird look like?
- What shape is it?
- What color is it?
- What sounds does it make?
- What does it eat?
- How does it hide?
- How does it fly?
Click on each Photo to go learn more facts about these birds
Handbook of Nature Study:
Have you heard of Anna Botsford Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study? It’s a fantastic book that covers all kinds of creatures, plants, and habitats. Since it has all sorts of resources in it, you should download it for free at https://www.google.com/books/edition/Handbook_of_Nature_study_for_Teachers_an/CjPbAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0
Anna Botsford Comstock talks about Birds on pages 25-147 of the linked edition of the Handbook of Nature Study. Take a few minutes to read those pages, and then keep those ideas in mind as you and your kids watch the weather this month. That way, you may remember the answers to some of their questions, and you have another handy resource to check when you can’t.
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