The kids and I read a book together every Spring called The Bluebirds & Their Neighbors. In this book, the author talks about how different birds create different types of nests. This led to a science lesson for the kids and me on the different nests that birds build.
We used books and the internet for our research. It amazes me how many types of bird nests there are. “These include mound, scrape, burrow, cavity, cup, pendant, sphere, saucer and platform” (abcsofanimalworld.blogspot.com). We used a few books to help us learn: Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World, The Burgess Bird Book for Children (there is a newer edition of this book,The Burgess Bird Book for Children but I have read that the illustrations are not as good. Ours is a 1919 edition.), Birds (Eye Wonder), and ABCs of Nature.
They had great illustrations that we were able to use for learning and for our journaling.
Caleb has found two cup nests on our property. And I found nests built in two of our birdhouses the other day, probably built by our bluebird friends.
Even the birds like to decorate their nests. 🙂 I wonder if this bird was excited to find the blue grass left over from Easter.
We learned that some birds don’t even build nests but instead lay their eggs on bare branches, in the sand (I learned these are called scrape nests), or even in the nest of another bird.
Learning about the different nests made me think of my own little “nest” that I create for my family. What if I viewed myself as my own species of bird, creating my own little unique nest for our little family without comparing myself to another? As a mother, I need only create an atmosphere of retreat and rest, of safety… whether I decorate or not. An Instagram friend recommended a cute little book that I just bought called, You Nest Here With Me. I can’t wait to read it!
We often like to involve cooking in our learning so we made the bird nest cookies from a recipe we found on Pinterest.
I bet you wish you could eat one of these (with an extra gooey ingredient I like to call love). 🙂
Not long after we finished our journaling, the kids noticed that the house behind our home was on fire. We called 911 and heard the sirens racing to their home. We sat and watched as the firefighters extinguished it.
And while we sat, we talked. About how sad it would be for that family that night when they got home to find part of their roof gone, their belongings ruined, their “nest” destroyed. We talked about ways we might bring them a little comfort.
Then we talked about our prized possessions, or treasures, and what we would grab if our home was on fire and if we had the time. I’m afraid that my possessions too often “possess” much of my care and attention. Jesus tells us to store our treasures in heaven, where they won’t be destroyed (Matthew 6:20). And those treasures are each of the beating hearts that I have the opportunity in touching and serving every single day.
It’s kind of crazy how learning about bird nests can turn into a lesson for me on serving well and loving my family better. But I find that happens a lot while we are learning at home.
Thank you for listening to the crazy ramblings of a homeschooling mom.