This is another example of taking a traditional homeschool curriculum and supplementing with hands-on tactile materials to make it feel more Montessori. In Lesson 5 of Apologia’s Flying Creatures we studied Bird Nests. Did you know birds only sleep in nests when they are incubating eggs and when their babies are young. So, their nests are not their homes. For most birds in North America, the nesting season starts in March and ends by the end of August. Birds instinctively know, when the days are getting warmer and longer, that it is time to construct nests. (Note we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. Any money received via this relationship is used for our homeschool! PS. I’ve made a grand total of $0.00 from affiliate marketing… but the FTC says I have to tell you that IF you buy it, I will make 4% of the sale as commission.)
Nests are made with a variety of materials from the typical straw, hay, and leaves to yarn, string, and dryer lint. Most birds like to fill the nest where the eggs and babies will be with soft materials. Hummingbirds will even pull lichen off trees to soften their nests. Nests are built by the female bird typically, with some assistance from the male.
For our homeschool, I made Zoology Lesson 5 Nesting 3 part nomenclature cards that include all the different types of nests covered:
- Bower Nests
- Weaver Nests
- No Nests
- Ground Nests
- Mound Nests
- Earth-Hole Nests
- Cavity Nests
- Platform Nests
- Cup Nests
- Adherent Nests
The “Try This” for Lesson 5 is making nests. I can tell you from experience, they are MUCH harder to make than you might think and certainly can make a huge mess!
Materials You Might Use to Try to Build Various Nests:
- Dryer Lint
- Fishing Line
Now take the materials and try to build the various nests in the nomenclature cards. Some are easier than others. Here are some of our finished nests:
A Bower Nest:
A Cup Nest (and a platform in the background):
And the mess we made 🙂
Let me know if you do make any nests and use the nomenclature cards. Leave a comment below with a link to your blog so we can see!
Until Next Time…..