Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge (and Carnivorous Plants)

As I mentioned in my last post, we had good opportunities to do some birding on our trip to Mississippi, and this is my eight-year-old's biggest interest. On our last day of vacation, we made a stop at the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, and we were hoping to see these amazing birds at the … Continue reading Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge (and Carnivorous Plants)

Project-based Homeschooling: It’s All for the Birds (in a good way)

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~ Chinese proverb In past years, I wrote a lot of posts with examples of project-based homeschooling in our home, mostly because my eldest son was always making things. This year I have written only two! This is because both boys … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: It’s All for the Birds (in a good way)

Nature Watch: Carolina Chickadee fledges

I think this is what I love about homeschooling the most: my boys are very connected to the wildlife outside our windows because they are home all day, and we are always looking out our windows. This morning I was sitting at the kitchen table when something fluttered by outside the window. "Boys!" I called. … Continue reading Nature Watch: Carolina Chickadee fledges

On Becoming a Birder

My six-year-old's painting of a yellow-bellied sapsucker. My six-year-old loves birds, and because of that, it's become an interest for the whole family. We watch them, identify them, draw them and paint them. It's a great project! Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on February 3, 2016. I’ve always liked birds, but … Continue reading On Becoming a Birder