It was as if someone had given them the moon! They were completely fascinated by the carefully crafted nest that encompassed the three gloriously hued Robin eggs. With great anticipation, they inspected the nest several times a day, hoping to witness the tiny little beaks cracking open their "cocoons", ready to enter the bright shining world. Their hopes were realized, and sneaking out while the mama sailed off in search of worms, they quietly observed the weak little creatures freshly born.
They remained small and still for such a short time, for in just a few short weeks, they were courageously perched on the edge of their nest ready for first flight. Though the birds were only able to flutter out a few feet, they managed to land safely in the grass.
The boys loved inching in closer on hands and knees, the curiosity in their new found friends peaked. For me, it was such a special time, because I had so much fun watching the boys soak in the glory of nature. Our approach to science, when it comes to homeschooling, has been to get the boys out in nature in hopes that they will develop a deep appreciation and curiosity of their environment and begin to ask questions about it. That method lends itself well to many teachable moments and naturally propels the kids into the classroom for deeper study - study that has its roots in a lively and tangible experience of the material.
Our fascination with birds continues... in fact, our oldest son, Benedict has taken a great interest this semester. So, I have invited him to be my first guest to write on my blog. I know you will enjoy his report!
~ Ben's Birds ~
I went home the next day and did my school work as usual. I was studying a unit in my science book about birds, and it told me how to make a bird habitat. It encouraged me to ask my mom if we could get a couple of bird feeders and some seed, so we did!