True to my nature (easily bored by routine and wanting a little excitement), I was excited to review a unit study on birds to tie into Bigger Hearts for His Glory science Units 10-14. :)
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When I follow a guide as written, I enjoy it for the most part, but a little part of my heart was longing for change and I saw no reason why I couldn't jump ahead to read John Audubon: Young Naturalist and tie in a unit study on birds! In fact, it wasn't until I saw that Homeschool Legacy had a unit study that would tie in with Bigger Science that I was even interested in doing a unit study at all (still on burn out mode from Five in a Row). For me, this might be the best of both worlds since I have a hard time sticking with one or the other all by themselves. In fact, I am even inspired to row a Five in a Row book now. :)
I'm optimistic that I can settle into a boxed curriculum routine and add a little spark of joy to our homeschool days by adding in some fun unit studies along the way. :)
Books/resources used for our study along with Birds of a Feather.
- read John Audubon: Young Naturalist as a read-aloud
- narrated what we learned
- traced the migration pattern of swallows
- investigated how birds fly
- practiced standing like a stork :)
- learned the different types of feathers and their purposes and drew a picture of a body feather, down feather, and flight feather for our notebooks
- explored what a Wood Thrush looks and sounds like and sketched a picture of one for our notebooks
- learned how sparrows build their nest and made edible nests with peanut butter, honey, and crispy rice cereal (Unit 11 day 5).
- completed Week 1 of Homeschool Legacy's Birds of a Feather Unit Study, created a backyard habitat for birds, made homemade bird feeders, and more.
- completed Lesson 2: What Makes a Bird a Bird? in Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day - Young Explorers Series.
- completed Week 2 of Homeschool Legacy's Birds of a Feather Unit Study and made a bird map (with the help of Flying Creatures to learn the parts of a bird, and more. Many of the activities of the unit study either complimented or were easily substituted by activities in Bigger Hearts.
- drew the different types of bird beaks for our notebooks
- learned about the food chain and how it balances life
- explored the parts of an egg and learned the parts of a feather and completed Week 3 of Homeschool Legacy's Birds of a Feather Unit Study.
- completed Lesson 3: Birds of a Feather in Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.
- Started The Burgess Bird Book for Children and looked up birds in the National Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds to identify bird species
- completed Week 4 of Homeschool Legacy's Birds of a Feather Unit Study on owls
- learned that owls have special adaptations that help them hunt and survive
- drew an owl for our notebook
- learned how snakes move and catch their prey
- learned about Cuckoos
- drew pictures for our Fact Page on Jean Jacques Audubon
- explored the eyesight of an eagle and discovered how far an eagle can see
- learned more about birds of prey in Week 4 of Homeschool Legacy's Birds of a Feather Unit Study
- discovered more amazing facts about birds
- and fell in love with birds all over again!
Malachi has taken off on his own during this study. He loves birds and nature in general and has been watching lots of documentaries on Netflix. He carries the field guide in his "survival" backpack wherever he goes and loves to go on nature walks. I think continuing our study in Flying Creatures of the 5th Day, doing Lesson 5: Nest Building, and rowing Albert would be a fun continuation of our study!