Evidence of our unstructured, drop-everything-we’re-doing-because-we-see-birds-out-the-window nature study.
It isn’t well-planned out, and it is kind of chaotic, but the kids are having fun identifying birds. My friend, Dawn, has a better-planned, organized approach that looks quite do-able.
We have also been reading Anne Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study that Dawn mentions. I wish I had got this book long ago. Comstock wrote it in 1918.
Though she suggests that the parent should read the “Teacher’s Story” and then deliver the bird information to the child in an easy, conversational manner (and this approach works well here), I elected to read the “Teacher’s Story” aloud. I was curious to see how Comstock’s 92-year-old turn-of-phrase would fall upon the children’s ears. Happily, the children find her writings as charming as I do.