It is cold, no wait, it is freezing outside right now. This is not a fun time for mom. I don't want to send the kids out in the extreme cold of Minnesota, but I want them to enjoy the outside at the same time. So, what is a mom to do? A bird study!
We are finally in a house that allows us to actually see the birds outside. We are not in the country, yet, but we have some aged trees in the yard, and that is enough to bring the birds this way. That means we spend time looking outside. Even Baby Girl loves to stand on her chair and watch the birds, and squirrels out front!
So, because I am that mom who still wants her child to have a nature study unit when it is cold outside, we have begun a bird month, or two, because I said so. I still haven't heard any arguing, so that is a good thing! What is a unit study? Well, it is a fun way to focus on one thing, but learn within all the subjects you need to learn from.
Here in the cold Minnesota weather, we still have a bunch of fun birds that we get to watch. These birds include black-capped chickadees, house finches, downy woodpeckers, blue jays, red-bellied woodpecker and Northern Cardinal. We even have a pileated woodpecker that makes his way to our feeders at least twice a week.
Now, for it being cold, that is a lot of birds. This is awesome because that gives us something to watch and learn about. Something that is not a video game or tv show. Something that makes mom happy!
I am not a creative person, I try to be, but sadly I am not. However, there are a ton of other ladies and gents out there that are. That means, when I want to work on a unit study I go to Pinterest and take a look at what I can find! Heck, I even made a fun little board full of different studies of just birds! For the bird unit studies, here are what we will be working on:
We are going to head on over and have some fun with what we found here at Homeschool Giveaways. When you go here you can find a great list of freebies to make bird learning fun!
Little Miss needs to have some fun while we are learning, right? That is when I am going to head over to 1plus1plus1equals1 and have some fun with Counting is for the Birds. What a fun way to keep her involved and having fun with us!
Over at Education Possible there are a lot of great hands on fun activities to keep those little ones busy!
Learning the key facts about birds is the main idea over at Triumphant Learning. I would love to see a turkey looking in the window at me, but we just have the cute little chickadees looking in here.
If you are looking for more resources all in one place, take a look at what Premeditated Leftovers has on their site! They have a little bit of everything!
I love the idea of being able to keep the kids busy with fun learning this winter! You need to check back with us next week and see what we have found! I keep trying to get a picture of the birds on our feeders, but apparently they know that I am watching them!
What do you like to learn about in the winter? What are some of the birds you see in the winter? I would love to hear from you!