Monday, March 12, 2018

PODCAST: Beginning Birding in Early Childhood

Beginning Birding in Early Childhood

Beginning Bird Books and Activities--lots of great resources, such as the Audubon birds and books I mention

Growing Up Wild--curriculum for early childhood with some birding units

Flying Wild--birding curriculum for K-12, but can be adapted to preschool

I didn't talk about this beyond dress up/dramatic play in the podcast, but these wings (aff link) have been well loved. There are several different kinds, including butterflies. There is a lot of pretending to be birds with these. 

Check your local parks and Audubon Society to learn more

Our Feathered Friends Preschool Birding Curriculum

Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the US—easy explanation

Cannot keep birds nests, feathers, parts of birds in the US 
Want to take better birding pictures? My 8 yo son has been taking great pictures with this Nikon CoolPix P900! (off link) Photos by Carbon Gull--he is the 4 year old who got the Identiflyer and Birds of Indiana for his birthday! His list for our birding challenge is getting longer and he asks to go out many times a week! 

Teaching and learning about birds in the early years – A few ideas to for getting started; Ann Smith 2009 Teaching Science

For the Birds
Jan. 2008, YC Young Children
Russo, Calurciello, and Kelly

Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird? –David Attenborough

April Pulley Sayre
Vulture View
Find it on Amazon: (aff link)
Woodpecker Wham
Find it on Amazon: (aff link)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Podcast: Finding Loose Parts!

Finding Loose Parts!

15+ Ways to Find Inexpensive Loose Parts

Loose Parts in a Museum Setting Summary:

“Children learn most readily and easily in a laboratory-type environment where they can experiment, enjoy and find out things for themselves.” 
Simon Nicholson

Loose Parts Books:
Rosie Revere, Engineer:
Beautiful Stuff:

Another book we really liked is Rosie Revere, Engineer. Rosie is a girl who is always squirreling away odds and ends for her engineering projects as a young girl. I can relate to this as my 7-year-old's eyes get so big when he finds a new object to add to his stash. He most recently discovered duct tape (Thanks, Cory and Holly) and is in heaven! Rosie's aunt is Rosie the Riveter whose only regret is not flying, so Rosie the younger sets out to make a flying machine. However, the machine falls flat. 
I loved this quote on the page, "With each perfect failure, they all stand and cheer, but none quite as proudly as Rosie Revere." Rosie soon appreciated that we learn from mistakes and can use them to inform future projects. I love all the bits and baubles combined for creations.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Podcast: Adding Plants to an Outdoor Classroom

Adding plants to an outdoor classroom

This episode is based on this blog post about adding plants to an outdoor classroom, though principles apply to any space.

Quote: “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt” –Margaret Atwood

Book Picks: Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy

Review of Loose Parts Nature Play from Paola Lopez: Every podcast is so good and informative! Thank you for sharing tips & resources on each episode ♥️