Why birds

The last few posts have been about my new plan to study one bird a week. Besides the important fact that this can be a family activity, there are a few other reasons I like this lesson plan.

It started a long time ago with my new distaste for the news. I dislike watching t.v. news for two reasons. One is it is often a parade of tragedy and things to induce fear. Two they don;t tell you the news. The news is a sharing of facts. What we have now is a bunch of talking heads that give their opinion or tell us the to stupid to think for ourselves audience what to think.

Then a few days ago I was with one of my very good friends and she told me she didn’t know if she believed in evolution. I almost feel guilty sharing. It bothered me some and so I wanted to talk it over with Hubs.  When I told hubs that he said “well think of all the crazy things you believe, don’t judge” Then he asked how why does it matter in the day to day. .

I couldn’t answer him right away but it got me thinking. This is where we come back to the birds. Teaching little to observe something and make notes on it teaches her so many skills. For one simple observation. I think a lot of folks have lost this skill as it takes to long. We are so rushed we just want the headlines the bullet points no time to take a deep look. Learning to observe means she will be able to study something, find the facts and then form her own ideas about it. Which brings me to the most important thing I think I can possibly teach my child or anyone.

Critical thinking

The ability to observe the behavior of birds, different birds and ask, what is the bird doing? Why do you think the bird does that? Teaches her to look for her own answers and puzzle through things on her own. Come up with ideas on her. With the birds she can test her ideas to some extent. For instance Yesterday our bird of the week was a Chickadee. The first one to the feeder even with all of us out side. We thought it was brave maybe it was not scared of people? maybe it was used to people since it ate at a feeder. But when little got board and got down off her chair away it flew. Ah so maybe it is scared of people or maybe movement. Ideas we can test out.

She wont need a talking head on T.V. to tell her what to think because she will know how to think and can figure it out for herself.



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