I learned that a wild bird (a house sparrow) could sit still in a 9 year old boy’s hand. I also learned that a 9 year old boy’s hand could sit still. Amazing.
I learned that when you do a unit study on birds (even a loose unit study where you are just reading/talking/learning about birds and most of the birds you are reading/talking/learning about are in a popular game for your smart phone), super cool things happen when you homeschool. Like red cardinals you’ve never noticed before hang out on your deck and house sparrows come right up to you in the parking lot and sit in your hand.
Timing is everything. Max’s friend came over and just knows a lot about birds. His mom smiled and shook her head, not surprised at all that he would come to our door holding a wild creature in his hand.
Secretly, I do not like birds*. Or other wild creatures near my front door. So I stayed behind the camera and played the part of a good homeschool mom from behind the lens.
But I can appreciate the interactive classroom that is happening here on Spring Break 2012. No books but there’s still a lot of learning.
(we thought the bird was injured but he flew off when he was good and ready.)
*this bird species is known to steal from another birdie’s nest. Don’t like him. But it was still fun to learn about him. 🙂