Homeschool Legacy’s Bird of a Feather Unit Study: A Review.
Wow, Birds of a Feather was a very in depth unit study!
Homeschool Legacy is an online Christian based company created by the Gibson family. They offer unit studies in both ebook and physical format on a wide range of subjects for grades 2-12. Most subjects can be done with children in different age groups at the same time, which is great for those of us homeschooling more than one child. (Even though the site states 2nd grade is the youngest intended age I found that my five year old also very much enjoyed Birds of a Feather. Maybe even more than my 8.5 year old!)
We used Birds of a Feather as our science curriculum for the past few weeks. Heading towards summer our homeschool has gotten more casual, and this was nice and easy to use. The unit studies say they are “no-prep” which means everything you need is right there in the book. You don’t need to study and teach a lesson beforehand, you can instead go right through this with your children.
The only thing you will need to do before each lesson is gather materials, which are clearly listed. The book even includes library call numbers on the recommended reading lists. How much easier could it get??
The first lesson instructs the family on how to set up a bird feeding station. Ada loved this!
The book gives ideas for various types of birdfeeders. We keep our bird feeder right outside of the living room window for prime observation. We also got a hummingbird feeder, and scattered seeds on the ground for ground feeding birds.
There are four weeks worth of learning in the unit study. Each week includes tons of library books to check out and internet links to follow, read aloud books, independent reading books, a field trip, nature journaling, a family devotion, and even a family movie night with a bird related movie for each week! The weekly themes are:
-How to Identify Birds
-Birds of Prey
Another great plus for these unit studies are that they fulfill requirements for Boy Scout or American Heritage Girls badges. Our kid aren’t involved in either of those activities at this point, but it’s definitely a nice feature for troop leaders to use!
What did we think of Birds of a Feather?
We liked it!
My only complaint (and this isn’t actually a complaint…) is that there were so many resources it was hard to look at all of the information with my children and their short attention spans. The same goes for the massive amounts of great activities.
I almost feel as if we could go back and work on this same unit study next spring and read some of the books we didn’t get a chance to look at this time around. Next time we come back to Birds of a Feather I plan on ordering an owl pellet for the kids to dissect. The book also suggests you build a scarecrow. The kids would enjoy learning more about the purpose and history of scarecrows.
I think birdwatching became a regular habit for Ada. During our bird observations we actually saw a big hawk eat a snake from our front yard! We also observed that robins mainly eat from the ground, while the sparrows and black capped chickadees ate out of the feeder. Birds are fascinating little creatures, aren’t they?
Homeschool Legacy also has many other once-a-week unit studies to choose from.
I have my eye on the Christmas Comes to America book. I would love to do that one starting after Thanksgiving and ending right at Christmas time.
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