Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Robins, Chickens and Wrens Oh My!!!

Looking out our kitchen window yesterday at lunch, we noticed a Robin. I casually mentioned that he was picking up bits of straw or dead grass. Then I said, "I wonder what he's doing that for?" (notice the declarative sentence?!?)

Pooh: "I don't know."

Me: "He sure it picking up a lot of it."

Pooh: "Maybe it's for his nest."

Me: "I think you're right!" (said in astonishment as if I had never even thought of it ;D)

So while lunch was cooking, we got out our nature notebooks and drew a picture of a robin, the neighbor's chickens and the wren nesting in our shed. I used my handy-dandy RDI declarative language for the drawing as well. "I wonder what color I should make the robin's beak?" Pooh right away knew it was yellow. I opened my bird book and there it was! I don't know why I was so surprised that he knew the right color. I guess I just never realized the detail he picks up on his own about the animals. He doesn't talk about them much.

Tigger, meanwhile, was busily drawing the nest of the wren and making sure it had the three baby birds in it with their mouths open. Yes, we've already peaked and they are so cute. They just have fuzz right now, no feathers yet.

I followed up today by reading the small paragraph out of (drum roll please) the Handbook of Nature Study! Yeah, I did it!!! LOL It's officially my Green Hour Challenge Number 1. After two months of having the print out and my book by my bed, I got around to doing challenge number 1. Eeeeek! Now, I need to prepare for number 2!

Anyway......the paragraph we read was about the robin's nest. Yes, they use straw and dead grass, but did you know they also use mud? Then, they allow the mud to mold to the mom's body while it's still damp. Cool, huh! We decided we should try to find a robin's nest. No easy feat since we're surrounded by pine trees. Maybe the neighbor will let us peak into her maple to see if there's a nest there.

So, how do you like our Nature Study RDI style? :D It was loosely planned and very fun. I hope we can continue the interest there. Pooh was a little resistant to pulling out the nature notebooks, but when I mentioned drawing the chickens that changed his tune.

So, I guess we're into birds. LOL


The Glasers said...

We have a ton of birds now that we keep our nectar and seed feeders regularly stocked next to our birdbath. We sit and watch the birds in action while we rock on our back porch rockers! :-)

Congratulations on Green Hour Challenge #1! It sounds like a blast!!!

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

What a great way to start your GH challenges. Take your time, make it work for you family and just keep plugging along.

Great entry and thanks so much for sharing your link.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

live4evermom said...

I love our nature time. Glad you are doing those GH challenges. At the moment we are doing our own GH challenges and just enjoying the outdoors later on in the evening when the heat dies down a bit.