We have a bird feeder outside our dining room window, and this year, we have had quite the crowd of visitors. My hubby and I love to watch the birds, and my teen is always teasing us that we are showing our age! However, last week we had a new and fascinating visitor:
a photo carefully at the window, and since we have tinted screens, I wasn't sure if this photo would turn out!)
Josh, our 5th grader, loves checking out the birds too. After this experience, I grabbed a composition book and had him look up facts about this bird and do a drawing of it:
We keep a bird guide (specifically for our area of Texas) by the window, so we can do quick identification. I found the best website for looking up specifics for birds is Audubon.
Audubon also has a new kid-specific website called "Audubon Adventures" with activities and Teacher Guides that could be useful in your homeschool. There is also a link from this kid-friendly page to the online bird identification guide at Audubon's main site.
In our current science curriculum, we are doing Earth Science and Weather, so birdwatching isn't really in that category. However, it was a fun break from the norm, and my son wants to do more. (Plus it gives him a chance to draw!) It was indeed a great lesson for me as well: to be flexible with learning.