I am still working on how to tie lessons together for the girls and boys.
The boys do 5th grade work and the girls are in 1st grade but need a very simplified version.
So it has not been until recently that I have really been trying to include them in the history or science that the boys are studying.
Birds seemed like a perfect subject for them all to learn though.
For one of the boys studies the past couple weeks they were learning about John Audubon and birds.
I give the girls a science shelf for their independent learning and made it all about birds.
Here are some of the things I included:
Bird Bingo(one of my favorite educational games)
Bird Guides like Birds of Oklahoma
Backyard Birds Toob (I had them try to find the matching bird on the Backyard Birds of North America guide)
Bird Flash Cards
Owl Puke the Book
We also finally refilled our bird feeder and would identify the birds that came.
I got a pbs documentary on Audubon called John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature from the library and was having the kids all watch in the vehicle.
I had no clue that Audubon killed the birds he drew!
He posed them by sticking wires through them!
I asked my oldest if they were showing that and he said “yep.”
My kids eyes were huge.
We did not finish the documentary.
My youngest boy(9) loves learning about animals and is like a walking encyclopedia about them so he really liked reading about birds for school.
He also told me that Audubon met Daniel Boone!
I love it when our studies intersect like that.
Just another benefit of learning History, Science, and Literature via timeline.
Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier was such a pretty looking picture book.
I don’t get to read many of these books anymore since my boys are independent readers.
We also got John Audubon Young Naturalist but I forgot to take a picture of it.
I really liked tying their studies together!
Now I just need to figure out how to make the science shelf fun and interesting for the next study.
I have a feeling it will not be as pretty as birds.