Simsbury, CT, United States
Our Pre-K class became interested in birds after a trip to the local nature center, where they got an upclose look at native birds, both live and stuffed. We built on that interest when we returned to the classroom by observing birds at feeders near our window. The children kept the feeders filled with seed and suet, baked bird cookies, and made an ice ring wreath for birds filled with seeds and berries. They learned to identify several native species of birds by their shape, size, coloring, call, and habits. We invited local amateur ornithologist Dr. Roger Preston to talk to the class and answer their questions. We looked for evidence of birds on our woods walks, and were excited to find owl pellets and trees pock-marked by woodpeckers. Using natural clay and found materials, the children made their own nests.
This year’s Pre-K class has also been fascinated by the birds we see at the feeder, and we hope to continue and build upon our study of birds for many years to come.