Let’s be honest, homeschool supplies can get pretty expensive…especially when you’re buying supplies for multiple students. With a little creativity, research and help from fellow homeschooling mom’s sharing their ideas, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Today I’m going to share a few things we used for our Bird unit nature study. Some of the ideas and worksheets were completely free thanks to fellow bloggers (I’ll share the links in case you’re interested as well as to give credit to the ladies who created these items).
First, let’s talk about a couple of the books that I’ve purchased over the last few years as part of the kids’ school supplies:
We use this guide quite frequently since we have a lot of birds visiting us on a daily basis. Whenever we spot a new bird we try to figure out what it is and it’s been wonderful to see the kids getting excited to look them up and find out more information. We got this one off of www.christianbook.com. It’s very inexpensive at $5.49 and covers the birds you’re likely to find in your backyard. It’s easy to read and understand.
Next up, is Anna Botsford Comstock. I bought my copy at christianbook last year, but you can also get this one (and lots of others) here: www.thriftbooks.com. I’ve been very happy with this website in the past and have gotten some great prices on school books from there.
This book is a classic, originally written in 1911. It’s a detailed book, covering a large variety of information. I haven’t used this one as much as I suspect we will in the years to come as the kids advance in school. Even now though, it serves me well when I need some extra information on a particular thing we’re studying.
The next one is this nature reader by Christian Liberty Press. My kids have thoroughly enjoyed these nature readers. We’re currently on book 2 but book 1 happened to have some info on birds we went back and reviewed for this unit study.
This one can also be found at www.christianbook.com.
This little nature book was a wonderful gift to the boys from their Aunt and Uncle this past Christmas and is a great resource for nature study for the younger kids!
Check out the bird section:
I was able to find it at www.amazon.com for $10.45.
Next up, My baby Blue Jays. This one is around $5 at www.thiftbooks.com/. We were actually able to get this one at Goodwill for less than that. It’s a great addition to our library and has some sweet pictures for the kids to look at.
Now let’s talk about some fun free things to add into a thrifty bird unit.
First, we’ve been collecting bird feathers any chance we get. We also had a sweet little bird nest, but little curious fingers inspecting it regularly kind of took its toll. We’ll be keeping an eye out for another one but had to do without this time around. Kids love seeing and feeling the things they’re learning about so it’s definitely a great idea to get out there and help them find the real thing outdoors.
Next, look around online for freebies like these gems below. There are lots of homeschooling mammas out there who are trying to help other homeschooling mammas. I will say, this process can be a little time consuming so you do have to set some extra time aside to be able to weed through the things that either aren’t truly “free” or just aren’t exactly what you were looking for.
Check out these blogs for the free printables of the worksheets below as well as some other ideas on compiling a Bird unit.
Julie Kieras http://happystronghome.com/bird-study-unit-lesson-plans/home.com (Bird coloring page).
Tina Robertson https://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/free-bird-journal/ (Bird identification key)
Busy Bee Kids Printables http://www.busybeekidsprintables.com/Bird-Printables.html Word search)
Here’s a brief video on Youtube that identifies some common backyard birds.
Some other things that could be incorporated are:
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
Hymns & Poems
Emily Dickinson’s A Bird Came Down the Walk
Civilla Martin’s His Eye is on the Sparrow
I hope you’ve found some helpful information in today’s post! Let me know if there’s other homeschool related posts you’d be interested in reading. I have a few I’m planning out already but I’d love to get some feedback on what you’d like to see more of.
Check out our DIY Bird feeders we made for the craft portion of our unit here:
I’ll leave you with some pictures of my adorable little researchers 🙂
Happy bird watching!!