Enjoy an easy way to learn backyard bird calls. Then use the homeschool nature study on the robin, cardinal and house finch to discover even more!
I thought it would be fun to start to learn some bird calls. Our family is going to try to learn the calls of the birds from the Outdoor Hour Challenge. I have one son that definitely learns things well when we make them into a song so I thought this would be a fun project for him to do.
Learn Backyard Bird Calls: Robin, Cardinal and House Finch
If you would like to join us, here are the links to a website where you can hear the bird calls.
Let me know how it goes in your family.
Robin, Cardinal, and House Finch Nature Study for Your Homeschool
No need to stop at the backyard bird calls! This series of Outdoor Hour Challenges is going to help you study birds, their habits and their unique features. Learning to really see the parts of the bird in order to not only identify it but to see how each bird fits into the overall world of animals. I have decided to emphasis the most common backyard birds.
Your Inside Backyard Bird Homeschool Nature Study Time:
1. Read the Handbook of Nature Study pages 27-28 to get a general overview of bird study using this book. In addition, read pages 43-44 for some ways to attract birds to your yard. I highly recommend hanging a feeder of some sort and providing water as well.
2.Read in the Handbook of Nature Study pages 57-62 about the robin. There is so much information about the robin on these pages that it is a little overwhelming. I would read the information and mark any ideas or facts that you are interested in sharing with your child.
3. Read in the Handbook of Nature Study pages 127-130 about the cardinal grosbeak.
4. Backyard Birds: Read aloud with your child the introductory pages and the section on red birds: the robin, the cardinal, and the house finch. Take note of each bird’s field marks for future reference. Notice the difference between the female and male birds for each kind of bird.
5. Peterson Field Guide: Backyard Birds: Read the introductory pages 17-22(W) or 23-30(E). Look up in the index the robin, the cardinal, and the house finch. Observe the illustrations carefully and read the narrative descriptions and explanations.
Please Note: (W)=Western Birds and (E) Eastern Birds
Your Outdoor Hour Time
Take your 10-15 minutes of outdoor time to enjoy your own backyard. Since this series of challenges is about birds, be aware of any bird subjects that come your way. This could include feathers, nests, bird tracks, or the sounds of bird calls.
You could also use your outdoor time to hang a bird feeder and talk about what kinds of birds you hope to attract. You could talk about the different kinds of seeds. The more you include your children in the process of setting up the bird feeder, the more excited and invested they will be to watch for birds to visit.
Your goal this week is to spend the time outdoors with your children and perhaps observe a bird. What particular aspect of the bird are you observing this week? How about the color, size, and shape of the beak? This should get you started in your bird study.
Follow Up Bird Homeschool Nature Study Activities
For your follow up activity you can learn more about the particular bird that you observed. If you know what kind of bird it is, look it up in the Handbook of Nature Study for more information. You can also use the Peterson Field Guide or an internet resource such as whatbird.com or Cornell’s bird website.
The above websites also can help you identify an unknown bird. We will be learning in the upcoming challenges how to use a field guide to identify birds so don’t worry if you don’t find an exact identification for your bird.
The most important part of this challenge is getting outdoors with your children and beginning a search for birds. If you have a nearby park, you can try visiting there during your week to see if there any different birds for observation. Many parks have ducks and geese that make excellent subjects for bird study.
More Bird Nature Study Activities for Your Homeschool
Birds are such a joy to learn about. Here are some more bird nature studies you can enjoy!
- Fun Bird Nests and Eggs Nature Study Activities
- Nature Studies Great for Bird Watching
- Spring Birds at Your Best Homeschool
- Snowman Bird Feeder Activity for Winter
- A Fall Bird Study for Your Homeschool
- Homeschool Nature Book: Birds, Nests and Eggs
- Great Backyard Bird Count: Everything You Need!
- Homeschool Bird Study for Different Learning Styles
- The Ultimate List of Bird Nature Studies Using the Outdoor Hour Challenges
Hopefully during your outdoor time you found something to investigate further. Questions are always a great way to extend your nature study to other days of your week.
This red bird challenge is from the Birds Course in our Homeschool Nature Study membership using the Handbook of Nature Study. You can purchase a membership now and have instant access.