With spring upon us and homeschooling beginning to wind down soon, I would begin to ponder and day-dream about summer. I loved that my daughter and I would have time to get out in nature more, and do all those fun summer things together, without the daily work of homeschooling. I started to think about nature study fun for the whole family.
At the same time, I also wanted my daughter to keep her mind stimulated during the summer break, and not loose the gains that she has made during the year. In the summers, I wanted to find something fun for us to do that was challenging but also totally different from what we usually did during the rest of the year.
“Hi Diddle Diddle, Read a Bird Riddle” Book
And one year I found just the ticket. I found a fun, interesting and fact-filled book about birdwatching – one which engaged my daughter with complex riddles to solve and was all about birds.
“I am a brown colored bird with a long neck and a shaggy tail. I have a unique blue skin behind my eye, which looks striking against my pale spotted feathers. I have a long beak and I love to run. I run more than fifteen miles per hour. I have powerful legs and strong feet. I love to each snakes lizards, spiders, scorpions, eggs…I am a reluctant flyer. When I sense danger, I can fly but would rather not. Sometimes I sunbathe by lifting the feathers on my black back. The warm heat feels so good. I an considered one of the ground birds of the county roads…and more.”
Each of the photos include both the common name and the scientific name of each bird.
Betsy’s most important role is mom to her college student whom she homeschooled from day one. She blogs at BJ’s Homeschool about the early years, high school and college, and is the author of “Homeschooling High School with College in Mind“. She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ’s Consulting.