Look It Up: Teaching Vocabulary Through Reading & Research

Look It UpTeaching my children to read at a young age was to the greatest advantage of all involved. It made my job as a teacher that much easier and helped my children to develop an immense vocabulary. If there was one frustration associated with starting out so early, it was a limited vocabulary on the part of the reader. Children can become discouraged if they are reading words they do not understand.

Our family’s solution to this problem was to ensure that plenty of dictionary, thesaurus, and idiom books were on hand. If we didn’t know a word, we looked it up! Our children were taught, first by example and then by practice, to look up all words they were unfamiliar with. If there was a phrase they weren’t sure about, we brought out the idiom books and learned from whence it derived and its meaning.

By now this practice has become second nature. They are frequently seen looking up various topics, attempting to gain a better understanding.

While I would like to own a large collection of encyclopedias for them to use as well, that is neither practical in regards to space or finances. This is where the wonderful world of Google comes in. Under parental supervision, our children are occasionally found to be looking up detailed information regarding such topics as world history, persons of interest, or the feeding habits of rolly pollies. Yes, rolly pollies.

Given the amount of time our children spend both reading and increasing their vocabulary, it ought to come as no surprise that our children use some of the most amusing expressions. I clearly remember my littlest girl at about the age of five. She had just finished an activity and was asked how she liked it. “I found it particularly astounding,” she replied. Okay.

At times they still catch us off guard, using terminology we didn’t think they had developed yet, causing us to chuckle. It is a blessing to see them take such an interest in the usage of words and practice it whole heartedly.

I have no regrets in implementing this practice within our homeschooling routine. Our children are growing by leaps and bounds, stretching their minds and expanding their horizons. Starting early is by no means mandatory, but if the kids are ready and willing, why not give it a try? See where the Lord leads and enjoy the adventure.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” ~Ephesians 4:29

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Teens and Bible Basics

Teens_&_BibleBasicsSometimes it seems as though in our rush to advance our children’s learning we’ve lost sight of the simple things. We put aside the basics and move forward without periodically checking in to ensure our kids have a firm grasp on their foundation. Recently, the Lord has prompted our family to take a moment to review Bible basics with our kids. Key concepts we don’t want to take for granted are understood.

Setting logic and apologetics aside for a brief moment, we want to take this opportunity to review a few Biblical topics we might not have discussed in a while. We’ll brush up on these areas of focus and then resume our scheduled studies with better clarity.

What are Bible basics? When we think of Bible basics, a few things come to mind. Do our children remember the days of creation. From memory. How about the ten commandments? This is a great time to review the books of the Bible and have them memorized as well. We’ll review the “greatest” commandment; a few key passages in Psalms; The Great Commission; The Lord’s Prayer; John 3:16 and more!

This isn’t a step backward! It’s important our children understand that reviewing these basics is not a step backward. While they might think they “Know this stuff already!” these concepts are not just for children. Even we adults need to remind ourselves of these truths and ensure they are committed to memory. Then, we build upon the basics and dig deeper.

A firm foundation is key. Logic and apologetics are important. So are these basic foundational studies. All contribute to a strong Biblical foundation upon which our children’s lives should be established. From time to time it’s beneficial to take a look back, checking for areas which need a little strengthening. This ensures we’re moving forward in confidence and fully understanding what God is teaching.

Our kids aren’t as little as they used to be. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t periodically take a moment to check in with our not so little children and review these Bible basics. It’s good for them and us. Through prayer and fun family challenges, we’re brushing up and asking the Lord to grow us through these simple truths. We know God is going to do something wonderful!

“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
~ Luke 6:48

Your Turn!: How often do you review Bible basics with your kids?

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Teaching Curriculum vs. Teaching Children

teaching_curriuculum_vs_teaching_childrenWhy isn’t she moving faster? Doesn’t she understand I want her to get through the material in the next half hour! I really want to get through this part of our day so we can move on to other things. It really shouldn’t take this long. Then, the Lord hits me full on… Am I teaching the curriculum or teaching my child? Oops; guilty as charged!

I think, sometimes, we homeschool parents can get caught up in the wonderful resources we have available to us. We ooh and aah over new-found books, get excited about special projects, and store up on awesome resources. In all our enthusiasm, I wonder if we have completely forgotten why we do what we do.

Are we getting caught up in buying resources which seem wonderful, and pushing our children through the motions, without bothering to ask ourselves if this is helping our children actually learn or – though learning is taking place – they are enjoying the learning process?

Heaven forbid I force my children through hours of lessons every single day just so I can say I finished a book we purchased. Lord help me if I am pushing my kids to finish material in a certain amount of time simply because I have other plans for the day.

Now, don’t get me wrong. In our learning, we most certainly have a wide arrangement of resources available to us and I highly recommend using them to the fullest. However, I need to be careful the resources are being used as a help and not as the driving force behind my children’s education.

Ultimately, I don’t want my children to simply learn how to finish a book (although that is a good skill to be learned). I want my children to love learning! I need my children to fully understand the world in which they live and the impact the Lord wants them to make in their own sphere of His creation.

The books, games, projects, and field trips we have before us can be used wonderfully in each of our learning endeavors. However, I want to be careful of how I am putting them to use. At the end of the day, if the only thing my kids did was push through a stack of paperwork so I can say we were productive, I have failed in my job. Getting through the books isn’t the goal! The goal is to teach my children, to reach their hearts, to minister to their souls, and to encourage a love of learning.

I need to make sure I am teaching my children and not merely the curriculum!

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”

~ Isaiah 54:13

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I Can’t Homeschool: I’m Uneducated

i_cant_homeschoolHomeschooling can seem like a daunting journey, especially for those who are new to the concept. We are unsure of where to start, overwhelmed by the notion of taking on our children’s education, and feel as if we are not enough. May we offer encouragement for families unsure of the adventure called homeschooling.

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The assumption often made with homeschooling is that you must be extremely intelligent in order to teach your own children. No mere parent could possibly oversee their children’s education, a PhD or Masters is required to be a fully prepared, adequate teacher! Let me assure you, this is not the case.

While I am sure there are many doctors, engineers, teachers, and other working professionals, all with degrees, who do homeschool, having a college diploma does not a great teacher make. Nor does not having one make you a bad teacher.

Before you allow a lack of college education, or poor high school education, to prevent you from experiencing the joy of homeschooling, let me ask you something. What is your purpose in homeschooling your children? Are you merely looking for an advanced learning program, allowing your children to get into college at an early age, or an opportunity to spend more time with your children, discipling them in the ways of the Lord?

For those who doubt my motives, please allow me to explain. It is not that I don’t believe in giving children a well-rounded education. I do. In fact, if we are going to pull our kids out of public school, and take on the responsibility of their learning, we ought to be doing as good a job as our local school, if not better! However, if our sole purpose is to give them a great education, we are missing an even greater opportunity to reach our children’s hearts. The purpose in educating our children isn’t to make them knowledgeable droids, but wise adults who can go out into the world prepared to do God’s work.

Perhaps you might not have a college degree, high school might have been a real struggle, but you have a heart to help your children and give them the best opportunities available to them. What more could you ask for in a teacher?

As for the practical side of homeschooling, there are many ways to overcome this obstacle.

  • If your children are very young, you are more than capable of helping them through their lessons. At this stage, their learning is very basic. You can do it! Even the more seemingly difficult areas, such as teaching reading, can be accomplished with the right materials and dedication.
  • Student/teacher guides are often available through curriculum companies to help parents who are unsure of how to teach various subjects or are unsure of how to provide corresponding activities.
  • DVD courses are extremely helpful. Depending on which curriculum you purchase, every class, every problem, in every book can be found in various DVD courses. If you are clueless as to how to teach Biology, buy the DVD course and allow your child to proceed at their own pace. You might even consider sitting with them and learning as well!
  • Online learning is also available. Perhaps you don’t know where to start, what to buy, or how to teach. Consider online learning, which provides everything. Your child logs in each day, proceeds at their own pace, and the program checks all their work. It’s simple, fairly inexpensive, and requires little work on your part.
  • Tutors are a huge help. There might be only one or two areas of learning that feel out of your depth. Consider a tutor for those few subjects and take advantage of someone else’s expertise.
  • Co-ops are another fun way to homeschool. You might be comfortable with teaching science, but not language arts. Another parent might love arithmetic. Think about joining a local homeschool support group and participate in a co-op. Your children can learn various subjects with other homeschooled children, and you can remove some of the pressure of teaching that difficult subject you’d prefer to avoid.
  • Google, YouTube, and Pinterest are wonderful! Let us not discount the amazing helps that social media can provide. While I don’t recommend being on a device all day long, I would be lost without these tools. Use the tools available to help you and make learning easier. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to Google an algebra problem. These can be life savers!

Remember, every teacher has gaps in their teaching. Every student has gaps in their learning. You cannot possible do everything, nor should you be expected to. Focus on the purpose for homeschooling your children and allow the Lord to direct your learning. No matter how you choose to homeschool, your children will be blessed by their experience and your family will be blessed by the memories.

If the Lord is leading in this direction, you can homeschool. Step out in faith, believing God will provide all you need to succeed.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

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10 Ways to Fail As a Teacher

10_Ways_to_FailAt the end of each learning year I try to self-evaluate. As my children’s teacher, are there areas which could use some improvement? How can I help my children better understand what I’m trying to share with them? Is there anything I’m doing which is preventing my children from drawing closer to the Lord?

Perhaps my evaluation ought to begin with ways in which I could be failing. Hey, you have to start somewhere!

  1. Force Curriculum – While I’m all for exposing our children to various pursuits, and require our children learn all core subjects, there is a significant difference between mandatory subjects and forcing curriculum. Algebra is non-negotiable in our house, but I’m all for trying various companies and methods to find which works best for each child.
  2. Do Everything in a Book – Nothing frustrates a child more than having their nose stuck in a textbook all day. I need to make sure I’m offering a good balance of book work, hands-on projects, and active outside opportunities.
  3. Make Them Do Everything – I know there are a lot of awesome activities in that language arts book. It can be very tempting to make my kiddos do every-single-one. However, that might not be the best way to encourage a love of learning. I need to pick my battles and be willing to let a few stray addition problems go. On occasion. Maybe.
  4. Don’t Listen to Them – Am I talking over my kids? Constantly? Do I allow them to (respectfully) share their thoughts and opinions? Perhaps if I listened more, and truly heard them, we might get a little further.
  5. Confuse Them – Am I being too vague in my teaching? Am I explaining things fully or in a manner which they can understand? Am I teaching to them or at them? If I am teaching for the sake of teaching, with them taking nothing away, what is the point?
  6. Be Demanding – Do this! Do that! Come here! Sit down! Be quiet! (See the problem here?) None of this is being said with love, kindness, grace, or understanding. I need  to make sure I am tempering my responses, requests, and commands with affection. It helps; it really does!
  7. Offer No Free Time – I need to be careful how much time we are spending with organized activity. Too little can be an issue, but so can too much! Want to drive your kids crazy? Take away all free time.
  8. Refuse Questions – I know it’s frustrating being interrupted when you are in the middle of a thought. But, what if the interruption leads to wonderful things?! What if you need to be interrupted because your child just isn’t getting it?
  9. Lecture Often – This topic always conjures up images of Mr. Ben Stein. Me standing at the front of the ‘room’, book in hand, chalkboard behind; I’m droning on and on regarding a topic my kids have lost all interest in, thanks to my monologue. While I’m all for a pointed lesson on a given topic, I need to evaluate whether I’m being helpful or just speaking to hear my own voice. (Ouch!)
  10. Forget Character Training – Here’s a biggie!! While I don’t find public school teachers responsible for character training (they aren’t the parents after all), I cannot get by with this excuse. I AM the parent! It’s my job to train my child in the way he should go. Shoving through a stack of textbooks and paperwork does my child little good if I am not teaching them how to be righteous in the process.

I’d like to offer up a sigh of relief (and a quick chuckle); I’m not completely failing as a teacher. However, I can also see areas in which I might need to relax. I tend to want my children to finish every single problem, in every single book.

Overall, we’re doing pretty well. The kids love learning, we’re progressing nicely, and our family is centered on Christ. With His help we’re accomplishing more than I could have ever dreamed. Perhaps I’m not doing such a bad job after all.

“May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.”
– Deuteronomy 32:2

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Do You Feel Like a Ping-Pong Ball?

Our neighbors have five kids. At one point, they homeschooled all five; each child having completely separate curriculum. I learned a lot from our afternoons together. One basic lesson l learned, was having five kids took a lot of work. I could bounce around like a ping-pong ball all day or find a better way to make this happen.

New School BooksFor our family, the best method of tackling the concern of teaching four kids is to do as much as possible together, as a group. If we can learn something as a family, that is what we do.

While there are some areas of learning which require individual study, mainly grammar and arithmetic, there are just as many (if not more) we can do together. Bible, history, science, geography, economics, music, and Spanish are all areas of learning we not only do as a group, but have more fun doing so. Thus, we spend the bulk of our day learning together.

Our day always starts off with Bible time. Then each of our children begins grammar and arithmetic, working at their own pace. Once everyone is done, we take a break. As a group, we come together to finish off with history and science. After lunch, the kids are free to work on their electives together or individually, whichever they prefer that day.

But wait a minute! How can all four of our kids, who happen to all be two years apart in age, all learn the same material when they aren’t the in same grade? Good question; I’m glad you asked! Here are several thoughts to consider:

Grade, Smade – Exactly who determines what gets taught at each ‘grade level’? Why can’t a five-year old learn biology and a fifteen year old study life science? What’s important isn’t the ‘grade’ your child is in, but that the material being covered is done thoroughly and in such a way that your child understands. I would also encourage us to challenge our children in their learning. This might mean a higher level for our younger kids and a more basic for our older; each child should be taught at their level, not their ‘grade’.

Middle Ground – To help all our children follow the lessons (meaning the littles aren’t overwhelmed and the older ones aren’t bored), we try to reach for the middle. By teaching to the average, the littles are slightly challenged, but not lost in the mix. This also allows for the older children to participate in the bulk of our group activities, while additional assignments and projects are given to increase their learning in this area. (e.g. Let’s suppose we are studying the Civil War. The material covered is understandable by all, with just enough vocabulary to challenge the littles and encourage them to learn more. The older ones are prompted to assist with doing the reading for us, keeping them involved. We have a roundtable discussion of the lesson, answering questions as we go. Once the reading is done, the littles will work with mom on a project based on our reading while the older two work independently on assigned projects based on the same topic. We learned together and yet tailored the material to meet each person’s needs.)

What, Again? – Once you’ve been homeschooling a while, you start to notice something. History repeats itself; so does science, literature, grammar, and almost everything else. Think of it this way. You cover certain aspects of science in first grade, right? Guess what? You’re going to cover them again in second, with a little more added. Oh, and you’ll do it again in third, then fourth, and yet again in fifth. Stress less about skipping a ‘grade’ with your kids, missing out on material, and just focus on them learning the concepts you’re teaching now. Odds are, whatever you didn’t get this year is going to be covered again next, and the year after that.

What about high school, you ask? I don’t imagine we’ll change much. There is no reason our eight year old can’t learn a little biology along with our big girl. He might not participate in all activities, but he’ll have projects of his own. Our big girl might have a few additional projects tailored just for her, but this will teach her to work independently. There is no reason the bulk of our studies can’t still be enjoyed as a group, it just takes a little imagination and dedication. In the long run, it’s still less work and more financially feasible.

Do I still have days when I feel like a ping-pong ball? Oh, yeah! That’s bound to happen when you have four kids, homeschool, run a business, and a household. However, we like to keep the bouncing to a minimum and do as much as we can together. It’s less work for mommy and, frankly, it’s just plain fun!

Time to Chime In: I used ping-pong as an illustration of what my day can sometimes feel like. If you had to compare your day with a game, which would it be?

Special Conference for Special Needs

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Please click on the image above to be taken directly to the CHEA website.

We are so excited to share an awesome opportunity available to those living in Southern California. A local church is offering a conference specifically designed for children being homeschooled who have special needs.

“Does your child struggle to learn? Need help identifying the root cause? Or do you already know? Either way, parents of children who learn differently need answers. This conference will give you resources and methods to meet the challenges you face every day…

 Holding an MA in Special Education, and with personal experience homeschooling a child with special needs, Sharon (Hensley) is an expert in her field. Sharon spoke at our inaugural Special Needs Solutions Conference in Livermore earlier this year. We could not be more thrilled that she will be joining us once again.

Also joining us to speak on Math Strategies for Struggling Learners is Dorothy McCandliss, who holds five teaching credentials including one in math and is the author of an algebra textbook. She also tutors students–many with special needs–in math, and has spent the last 10 years exploring ways to simplify math learning…

Pre-register by mail by October 14 or online by October 17, 2014. At-the-door registration will be available for slightly higher prices.”

For more information on this exciting, upcoming conference please visit THIS link to read more and register. If any of you decide to attend, please let us know. We will be present to assist at this event and would love meet you in person!

Teach the Children

Kids PicWhy wasn’t she moving faster? Didn’t she understand that I wanted her to get through the material in the next half hour? I really wanted to get through this part of our day so we could move on to other things. It really shouldn’t have taken this long. (I was thinking.) Then, the Lord hit me full on… was I teaching the curriculum or was I teaching my children? Oops; guilty as charged!

I think, sometimes, we homeschool parents can get caught up in the wonderful resources we have available to us. We ooh and aah over new-found books, get excited about special projects, and store up on awesome resources. In all our enthusiasm, I wonder if we have completely forgotten why we do what we do.

Are we getting caught up in buying resources which seem wonderful and pushing our children through the motions without bothering to ask ourselves if this is helping our children actually learn or, even if they are learning, if they are enjoying the learning process?

Heaven forbid I force my children through hours of lessons every single day just so I can say I finished a book we purchased. Lord help me if I am pushing my kids to finish materials in a certain amount of time simply because I have other plans for the day. Shame on me!

Now, don’t get me wrong! In our learning, we most certainly have a wide arrangement of resources available to us and I highly recommend using them to the fullest. However, I just need to be careful that the resources are being used as a help and not as the driving force behind my children’s education.

Ultimately, I don’t want my children to simply learn how to finish a book (although that is a good skill to be learned). I want my children to love learning! I need my children to fully understand the world in which they live and the impact the Lord wants them to make in their own sphere of His creation.

The books, games, projects, and field trips we have before us can be used wonderfully in each of our learning endeavors. I just want to be careful of how I am putting them to use. At the end of the day, if the only thing my kids did was push through a stack of paperwork so I can say we were productive, I have failed in my job. Getting through the books isn’t the goal! The goal is to teach my children, to reach their hearts, to minister to their souls, and to encourage a love of learning.

I need to make sure I am teaching my children and not merely the curriculum!

Time to Chime In: Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a lesson and suddenly realized this was not working?! How did you redirect your learning to be more productive for your children?

Geography Quest: Midwest States, West North Central

All aboard the HSM Express! Join us as we take a quick tour of the United States. Expect to learn a little geography, history, social studies, and more. Definitely plan on having tons of fun. 

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Summer_GeographyOnce more, we find ourselves on a journey around the United States. This week, we will be taking a trip through half of the MidWest states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.

As before, we are going to start off our adventure with some handy-dandy coloring pages for each state. This will give the littles something to work on while we learn about each state’s topography. You can find coloring pages HERE:

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Click on the image to view this image via Crayola.com

Now that we have learned a little about what each state looks like, let’s take a few minutes to discover a tad more. (Please note: This is meant to be short, sweet, and as fun as possible; not long and arduous. Choose which areas to cover with care, noting which events can be accompanied by activities.)

North Dakota
Plains Indians
Grizzly Bears

South Dakota
Deadwood
Sitting Bull
Black Hills
Mt. Rushmore

Nebraska
The Great American Desert
Arbor Day
Kool-Aid
Mammoth Fossils

Kansas
American Bison
Amelia Earhart

Minnesota
The Minnesota Territory
Twine Ball
Stapler (invented)
Minneapolis Skyway

Iowa
Early Explorers
The Mississippi River
Herbert Hoover
John Wayne

Missouri
Dred Scott Decision
The Missouri Compromise
World’s Fair (Invention of Ice Tea/Ice Cream Cones)

I thought it would be appropriate to start off our lessons learning a little more about the Plains Indians. There are so many different tribes to discover and learn about! HERE is a helpful map indicating each tribe’s region. If you have time, consider doing an activity or craft based on a particular tribe!

Our kiddos have already been familiarized with Mt. Rushmore, so we thought we’d tackle Deadwood this go ’round. Dress up like cowboys and write-up some ‘laws of the land’; just so outlaws would know where they stand.

To honor Arbor Day, do a little yard work; prune a few trees, fertilize roses, and spruce up the garden. To help you cool off, consider drinking a little punch!

‘T’ would not let me live it down if we didn’t at least mention Amelia Earhart, her all time favorite gal. I think she likes her adventurous spirit and ‘can do’ attitude.

The idea of being able to walk five entire blocks without actually stepping one foot out-of-doors is remarkable, in my mind. We definitely need to spend a few moments talking about the Minneapolis Skyway. How is this structure a benefit? Are people really enjoying its use?

One of my grandmother’s favorite actors was John Wayne. If you can find one, watch one of his famous movies; especially those that also star his sons!

The Dred Scott Decision is not one to be missed. Take a closer look at the case and discuss the implications of the court’s verdict.

I always try to end on a happy note as often as possible. This week, our geography quest ends with a scoop of ice cream! A box full of cones stands at the ready and three flavors are ready to be devoured. Delicious!

Time to Chime In: Do you have a favorite John Wayne movie? Which would you recommend? (Mine has always been Hatari; not his typical cowboy film. There is a very funny story that goes with this. Remind me to tell it sometime.)

Help us Out: For added fun, we are trying to collect a postcard from each of the fifty states! If you, or someone you know, lives in one of these five states; would you consider mailing us a quick postcard? Email us for the address and, as an added bonus, we’ll mail one back to you!

The Mad Scientist: Bird Brains

It is I, the mad scientist! Join me and my minions as we study some of God’s amazing creatures; learning tons of fun facts along the way.

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Summer_ScienceSeveral years ago, we bought our little “Mouse” parakeets. Since their introduction into our home, she has learned so much about caring for her little friends and been dedicated in training them to be people friendly. In their honor, we will spend the next two weeks learning a little more about our winged friends!

As always, it is best to start at the beginning. Our first lesson is to review the life cycle of birds. To spice things up a little, we can focus on birds that ‘break the mold’, such as Mound Builders.

Life Cycle of Bird

After our quick review, it might be best to dig a little deeper for the older kids in the crowd. Let’s take a few moments and study the body structure of these flying creatures.

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Now, the internal workings…

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A thorough study of birds would not be complete without discussing various wing structures (including an in-depth look at feathers) and beak variations. This would be the perfect time to dig out our microscope and take a closer look at the feathers collected around the bird-cage! As for beaks, it’s time to head over to YouTube for a short lecture.

The circle of life doesn’t affect our fish friends alone. It’s time to discover just where our birds fit into the food chain.

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My kids would think our lesson incomplete if we didn’t include some type of craft into our activities. To finish off our day, I think we should put our sewing skills to some use and make our own birds!

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Whew! That is quite a bit to cover in one morning. I think it’s time to curl up and relax. Perhaps we’ll head out back to feed our outdoor bird friends and enjoy the lovely afternoon.

Time to Chime In: Did you know you can teach parakeets to talk? It seems we are out of luck though, putting two birds together hinders them from speaking. They tend to talk only when they are alone, needing the interaction with people not found from another bird. Have you ever taught a bird to speak? Give us some tips!