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We think bird study is one of the best subjects you can take up in a homeschool environment. It’s suitable for all ages, it can be made as elementary or as advanced as you wish, and birds can be found just about anywhere at any season of the year.
If you’re interested but don’t know where to begin, here’s a wonderful free introduction to the online eBird service from Cornell University that you and your students can take together:
It’s a three-hour introductory course, all online with no materials to buy, and it will help you learn how to find birds in your local area, identify them, and record your observations in a way that will make them useful to others. The instructor is a K–12 education specialist, and you can even get a continuing education certificate (for a fee) if you’re so inclined.
I use eBird almost every day and so do thousands of other people around the world. Why not join us?
What natural discoveries have you made in your homeschool lately? 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: Our River Houses reference library (riverhouses.org/books) includes an excellent bird guide that would serve your homeschool well. Many other similar guides are also available — find one that’s a good fit for your family and take it with you on all your outings, whether far afield or just out to the backyard. 🦉