Bird study is what hooked me on the Charlotte Mason way, and I’m still in love with both nearly 20 years later. Take a peek into my homeschool by following my Instagram account.
If you are interested in doing a bird study, I would love to recommend some resources that can be used for your family with multiple ages.
The Smithsonian Birds of North America was the first resource we invested in and as you can see from the picture, it is falling apart… and this is our second one already. Yep, we love birds!
We have also enjoyed the Bird Fandex for quick identification of some of the most popular birds in our area. My kids enjoy looking at these without having to identify them, as well.
The Burgess Bird Book for Children is a must for all of our children in their early years of homeschooling. They absolutely love how I change my voice for each of the birds. The sweetest thing is when the Carolina Wrens that visit our window feeders are named after those in the book.
If you enjoy brining a biography into your bird study, I would highly recommend starting with John Muir, a naturalist.
For a perfect read aloud, or an assigned book for older children, I recommend The Bird’s Nest.
You can enjoy a bird study without nature journaling. If you need help on how to get started my Beginner’s Guide to Nature Journaling will help you get started.
In this photo, I highlight oil pastels as a medium for journaling birds, especially for older children.