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By The Green Parent

13th April 2021

This week in our project-based home education we're looking at birds. We're excited to discover that there are over 10,000 species of bird in the world and the fastest bird on earth is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds of 242mph!

By The Green Parent

13th April 2021

By The Green Parent

13th April 2021

​RESOURCES

The RSPB has some great spotters’ guides that you can print out at rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/lesson-plans-and-supporting-resources/. If you’re looking to identify a bird, try their ID app here.

Check out the amazing photography of many species of birds over at National Geographic.

Find every species of bird at the British Trust for Ornithology. Each page is packed with facts (check out the one for the Arctic Skua here) and you can learn about breeding, diet and migration.

Study bird biology with this worksheet on anatomy.

What to do if you find a baby bird - check this resource sheet from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

I can’t recommend Wingspan highly enough for older children - we play almost every week and love it!

There’s lots of resources over at Montessori Soul - we enjoyed these Birds and their Nests cards, which are free to download.

BOOKS

Garden Birds (Ladybord Natural History) by John Leigh Pemberton

We have a few of these ladybird books form the 1960s and love the watercolour illustrations and lilting text.

The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs by Andrea Pinnington

Featured here are the 12 best-known European garden birds that you are most likely to see at a bird table. A lovely book to keep on the windowsill for song spotting!

Crazy for Birds by Mischa Blaise

This is our favourite bird book! From the Common Swift, which can stay in the air continuously without landing for up to ten months at a time, even sleeping on the wing, to the tiny Goldcrest, Europe’s smallest bird, which can lay one-and-one-half times its body weight in eggs every season, birds are incredible creatures.

Birds, Eggs and Nests: An Illustrated Aviary by Kelsey Oseid

A new contender for favourite bird book, this gorgeous illustrated guide is jam-packed with facts. Did you know that the tailorbird “sews” leaves together to make its nest? Or that hummingbird eggs are the size of jellybeans?

Special Days with Honey and Bear by Ursula Dubosarsky

This is a family favourite - it contains five simple stories about the loveable duo Honey and Bear.

The Soul Bird by Michael Snunit

Deep down, inside our bodies, there is a ‘soul bird’. This special bird opens and closes the drawers of our soul, in which we keep all our feelings. This is a book that opens conversations about spirituality and our emotions - beautiful!

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