It didn't take long for the children to show us what to study. Over the weekend, we had filled the birdfeeders and early each morning the yard comes alive with Blue Jays, Cardinals, Black Capped Chickadees, Woodpeckers, and more. Monday morning, within a very short time of arriving, the children became so excited about the party of birds right outside the window. They proudly shouted out the various names.
And right then we knew we were studying this week .... winter birds!! Then after Thanksgiving break, we will spend a week or so on owls and then hit up hibernation, before starting on Christmas books!!
Our first book of the week was Wild Birds. We remembered a "birds on a wire" craft we had seen on Pinterest, using all black birds. We changed it up a bit by making various "winter birds" on a wire.
The following day, we re-read the same book, played with our Audubon Birds, and then made handprint birds. Each child picked which "winter bird" they wanted to do.
Later in the week, we read Goodbye Geese and talked about migration. In the book, the authur and illustrator paint a picture of winter, with frosty fingers and an icy stare. After reading, I asked the children to draw "winter".
Funny how their "winter" pictures look a lot like fall!
Our last "winter bird" project was to make a handprint goose!
The "School Boys" have been wanting to learn to read! They have known the letters and their sounds for quite a while. So, this week we started on Bob Books. We used our self correcting ABC Puzzle and Alphabet Cards to practice the letters and sounds for the first book. They were pretty proud when they managed to work their way through the book!
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