Watching the Birds – Homegrown Science

Birds enjoying homemade suet on porch

Birds enjoying homemade suet on porch

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology appreciates homeschoolers. They cater to them, along with school educators.

From the BirdSleuth website:

Parents, welcome to BirdSleuth for Homeschool!

Getting outside to explore the birds in your neighborhood is an inexpensive and fun way to facilitate science learning in young children. We have developed a full kit and a free downloadable resource especially for homeschoolers:

  • Science Investigator’s Kit for Homeschoolers was developed for young readers (approximately 7-11 years old) and provides fun, flexible, accurate, and engaging resources that are developmentally appropriate yet challenging.  Activities can be done independently, in a group, or as a family. By observing the birds at their own backyard feeder and recording and submitting Citizen Science data, children can learn STEM skills and content! Seasonal membership in the Project FeederWatch citizen science project is included with your kit purchase.
  • The Homeschooler’s Guide to Project FeederWatch is a free eight-page document contains ideas that will be useful for families who already participate in Project FeederWatch. These brief activities will inspire new and creative ways to learn through citizen science participation.

Check it out!  It’s great science and the best part is it’s not out of a boring textbook.

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