Parents, welcome to BirdSleuth for Homeschool!
Getting outside to explore the birds in your neighborhood is an inexpensive and fun way to facilitate science learning in young children. We have developed a full kit and a free downloadable resource especially for homeschoolers:
- Science Investigator’s Kit for Homeschoolers was developed for young readers (approximately 7-11 years old) and provides fun, flexible, accurate, and engaging resources that are developmentally appropriate yet challenging. Activities can be done independently, in a group, or as a family. By observing the birds at their own backyard feeder and recording and submitting citizen science data, children can learn STEM skills and content! Seasonal membership in the Project FeederWatch citizen science project is purchased separately.
- The Homeschooler’s Guide to Project FeederWatch is a free eight-page document which contains ideas that will be useful for families who already participate in Project FeederWatch. These brief activities will inspire new and creative ways to learn through citizen science participation.
- Homeschooling in Nature is a growing series of blog posts written by former homeschooling parent and BirdSleuth team member, Stacie Mann. Join her as she recounts the adventures of homeschooling in the back woods of Maine, using nature as the stepping stone to almost every aspect of her children’s education.
You might also like to explore our exciting variety of educational games and activities, such as scavenger hunt and bird bingo cards, that make outdoor science learning engaging and fun! Finally, our Feathered Friends curriculum, while written with elementary classrooms in mind, is perfectly adaptable to homeschool!
We recently presented about citizen science at The Homeschool Conference. Please check out our archived webinar, “Inquiry through Citizen Science” and find a project that is perfect for your family.