Saturday, February 4, 2012

AfterSchool Linky Party, Bird Watching Field Trip Ideas

Welcome to the AfterSchool Linky Party! 
So glad you joined us this week.  I'm your host for this week, but check out these other great blogs that help bring you AfterSchool each Sunday.
Little Wonders' Days
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We've been busy studying birds this week again.  We've learned some simple parts of birds, some bird vocabulary, some bird names, and some characteristics of birds
We took a couple of mini field trips to observe birds up close.  One was to a botanical garden with a great outdoor bird area and the other was to a pet shop.  While the later is not necessarily a natural environment, the kids could see the birds and their features well.

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Here are some ideas of places to watch birds.  We may visit a few more places before our unit study is over.

nature preserves
zoo aviaries
botanical gardens and arboretums
raptor centers
science museums
the ocean, ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water

Features from last week's party!
Little Wonders' Days






Lorie from Reading Confetti made these fun rainbow snowflakes with her kids after reading the story "Hooray for Snow".  Check out her post to see how they made them.
photo from Train Up a Child

Allison from Train Up a Child shared some really fun ideas for getting kids up and moving indoors.  Her ideas are great for practicing motor and listening listening skills among other things.  Hop on over to see all her great ideas.

So what have you been up to after school this week?  Please visit and comment on a few posts and put the after school button or a text link on your post to spread the word about AfterSchool.  Thanks for sharing!







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4 comments :

Allison said...

Thank you for featuring me! I'm glad you loved the ideas. :)

Raising a Happy Child said...

I missed the snowflake - it looks wonderful. I love your idea for bird watching. We've seen a lot of hummingbirds today - I can't believe they are back already - this winter has been crazy warm.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

The snowflake is very pretty!

Do you know about the Great Backyard Bird Count? http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ - we enjoy participating every year =)

Sherri said...

Birds...birds..birds...we are a birdy crew right now too...and I love all that your doing!!!!