Nature studies are such a fun way to learn science, either as
stand-alone curriculum or to complement (or take a break from!)
another course. The Daily Bird Bundled Set from Brandenburg
Studies offers 10 mini-unit studies in one. Each two-week segment
includes lesson plans, instructor notes, and easy-to-read information
focusing on one type of bird. Some of the birds covered in the
bundle are the bluebird, cardinal, blue jay, hummingbird, red-headed
woodpecker, bald eagle, and peacock. There are reading comprehension
questions as well as pages for copywork, notebooking, and coloring.
The resources also include suggested literature and video supplements
and project ideas. Most of the mini-units contain Web-linked instructions
for making a keepsake lapbook of the information learned.
The Daily Bird is aimed at elementary students and is
flexible enough for use with a single student or for teaching multiple-levels
and/or students simultaneously. The lessons are well written and
include enough cool stuff to keep everyone engaged. The various
copywork and notebooking pages cover the needs of students just
learning to write as well as those of advanced students. The colorful
photographs of the birds are beautiful, and the maps of where to
find the birds are useful and interesting. The additional resources,
such as audio and video clips of the birds' voices and flight patterns,
games, information on building birdhouses, etc., offer opportunities
to tailor the studies to the specific needs and interests of the
student or students.
Brandenburg Studies is a Christian homeschool business that is
family-owned. Their unit studies, which are Web-interactive, are
updated every six months and those revisions are available to anyone
who purchased the lesson in the past.
I really like practical, affordable, and non-consumable curricula. My
Daily Bird fits that description and is an easy option
for me since they have done all of the research, found beautiful
photographs and other online resources, and developed reading
comprehension questions. We live in the country and have abundant
bird watching opportunities year-round, so promoting this life-long
hobby is fun and practical.
I did encounter a couple of issues. A few of the files that I
downloaded were corrupt. However, Brandenburg's customer service
quickly responded with files that worked.
Also, many of the notebooking pages and some of the reading comprehension
pages had spacing issues, such as pictures that were bumped partially
off the page or were in the middle of the writing space. However,
as a graphics layout person, I know those things are an easy fix.
For my kids, I am pretty sure we will use all of the lessons in
the bundle. They may make one big notebook, or they may decide
to make a lapbook or two. That flexibility is a plus for The
Daily Bird. I also know that much of what my kids learn in
this series will stay with them, and that too makes it a worthwhile