The Great Backyard Bird Count is observed in February to increase our knowledge and appreciation of birds, as well as encourage all ages to enjoy bird watching. This special day is a wonderful way to boost learning fun with your kids in your family, classroom, and homeschool.
My boys and I plan to participate in this special event for both family and homeschool fun. We love to find new ways to explore and discover in our own backyard and look forward to adding this activity to our homeschool bucket list. It’s in our Homeschool Fun 2018 calendar as a special fun day to celebrate.
Also, I’m hoping this new activity also becomes a new way to learn with our kids. Although I enjoy watching birds and hearing their beautiful songs, I barely know the difference between a cardinal and a blue jay. My boys and I are excited to learn more about bird identification and observation as we prepare for The Great Backyard Bird Count.
Ways to Learn with The Great Backyard Bird Count
One of our big homeschool philosophies is that life is learning and learning is life. This guiding principle helps us incorporate homeschool fun activities into our family life. We are viewing this activity as a supplement to our current homeschool studies while staying open to the idea of including bird watching into our homeschool schedule next year.
Here are resources that I have found to help my boys and I get ready for some awesome bird watching and counting:
You can go to The Great Backyard Bird Count and use their free printable tally sheets to record your observations. This resource is super cool because you can type in your zip code, town and state, or National park, forest, or other national lands to get a customized tally sheet for your area. You also have the option of including rare species in your checklist.
Animal Jam shares this free printable worksheet with tips and ideas for having a successful backyard bird count. It could be used as a poster for your homeschool or learning area.
Still Playing School suggests a variety of resources and a free printable tally sheet that’s perfect for kids!
Erika of Play Species shares these 10 Quick Tips on How to Enjoy the Great Backyard Bird Count at iHomeschool Network.
Share It! Science News shares this Free Bird Counting Printable: Great Backyard Bird Count.
Homeschool Creations provides these Bird Nature Study Printables – Learning About Birds. My boys will be using these to complete and place in their homeschool portfolios.
Walking by the Way offers these Printable Pages for Bird Observation. These printables are fabulous! My younger boys are going to love the Birdwatching Bingo 🙂
Premeditated Leftovers teaches What You Need for Bird Watching with Kids.
You can use these 10 Apps for Bird Identification curated by iGame Mom for help. My older boys are using a few of these apps on their phone (great way to get older kids interested in bird watching!).
Juliana for Real Life at Home shares awesome tips and how Bird Watching can cultivate a family hobby.
Betsy of BJ’s Homeschool shares on iHomeschool Network how bird watching can be used as a homeschool high school elective (which we are considering for our oldest next year).
Dawn of Lady Dusk suggested the Bird Notes app with shows that provide bird calls and descriptions of the featured birds.
How will you learn with The Great Backyard Bird Count?