Hello Hello Families!
This is our first at-home learning week experience!
I am so excited to hear from you and how it goes. Whether or not you delve into any of the activities or games - it would be great to hear about what your little was interested in as we explore Birds and Nests. This is not meant to be a lesson plan exactly; but I have divided up our activities below according to the intentional flow (i.e. , to mimic what we would *normally* be doing during our time in the classroom. Our activities and structure is drawn from the Coyote Mentoring guide. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Supplies: *journals* perhaps you all have some extra journals you could use for our time at home?
1- There are times in our day when we are just beginning, winding down, needing to rest, or wanting to just reflect.
Perfect time to observe some birds:
a) From the comfort of your window. Leave some food for your feathered friends and have some binoculars handy, pay attention to who comes for a visit - maybe note the feathers, legs, size, and maybe create a sketch!
b) Have fun creating a hide outside for bird viewing (be sure to leave out some seeds)...this is especially fun at the end of the day, cause birds are SO busy then.
c) Find a sit spot. We like to make fires with them, just peaceful...quiet enough to hear the birds, bring their nature journals to their sit spots.
d) Go for a walk if you can and perhaps find nests. And with winter still happening, they are going to notice easy.
e) Once you have a nice bundle of bird nest materials, try leaving it by where you saw the birds collecting food, or just a spot you think a bird might find.
f) Make a cozy nest inside before bed, as a way to slow down and get cozy.
2. Then there are times in the day when kids are ready to be inspired , want to focus on a project, want to be in motion!
This is when you can:
a) Bird Stretches/Breaths (from Mindful kids Cards / Little Renegades)
b) Look up some pictures of bird nests that are in your area (Robin, Chickadee, Crow...) What materials do they use? What is their technique? How big is it?
c) Go for a scavenger hunt to collect some of those materials you found in your search of bird nests! Or just any materials that they can find that look string like, soft, what they think would be good to make a nest with. Urban birds get VERY creative, finding things people leave lying around, or other animals leave lying around
d) or...play an active game that looks at the Bird's senses of Hearing and Sight
- Coyote and Deer
- Hungry Birds
e) With left over materials found, create your own bird nests.
I have included a playdough recipe and that is great for holding the nest together. When done you could find a "y" shaped branch to perch it in, or take it inside.
Have fun out there !
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