Bird BOOK LOOK – Summary – The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Annotated)


Peter Rabbit has taken us on quite the adventures in the past 45 chapters in this New England setting by introducing us to all of his feathered friends and learning about their habits and interactions throughout the Old Orchard, Green Forest, and beyond.


*If you missed Chapter 1 begin Online for FREE HERE


Having completed your reading of The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Annotated) now would be a great time to make use of your family’s interests generated from this story and use them as a leaping off point to make more discoveries about the natural world. Have each family member make a short list of what they enjoyed most or what they are still curious about for further exploring. Dig in!

Below is a list of some top online resources and books to look up at your local library for more great birding adventures. Enjoy!


P.L.A.Y. in Place Online Resources


Try these activities to extend your bird story adventures:


P.L.A.Y. in Place:

Read, Get Curious, and Enjoy the Story!


Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds

by Laura Erickson & Marie Read

This book is a fantastic compliment to the Burgess Bird Book story as it goes into great depth about all the habits of 25 bird species that were mentioned throughout Peter Rabbits adventures. Filled with gorgeous color photos you get to meet “Jenny Wren and her family” and countless other feathered friend real life “characters”. This is a top pick!


What It’s Like To Be A Bird:

From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing, What Birds Are Doing, And Why 

by David Allen Sibley

David Sibley’s latest book is also great for the entire family with fantastic color illustrations of most all the birds mentioned in the Burgess Bird Book and engaging details that keep curious folks coming back for more. This too is a top pick and comes highly recommended by my 20 year old son who has taken on bird photography just in the past year. Visit my son’s collection of New England bird nature photos HERE.


My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George

Ready to settle into another great read aloud (or solo read)? How about a story that highlights both spending time outdoors, befriending a bird, and showing how to connect to nature and make peace with feeling lonely at times? This classic has it all!


Source: Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess

P.L.A.Y. has provided this new online version of all 45 chapters of this updated and annotated 100+ year old public domain classic to:

  • be suitable for the 21st century family by having the Thornton Burgess woodland characters evolve to model mindfulness and loving kindness
  • highlight and bring awareness to the New England nature settings and offer an opportunity to learn more about birds and other woodland animals through this story adventure
  • create story extension moments through P.L.A.Y. suggested activities and investigations for making new nature connections generated by the reader’s own curiosity
  • encourage families to keep their own nature notebooks for drawing, writing, painting, and recording their own local daily outdoor P.L.A.Y. adventures.

P.L.A.Y. Time – Pass it on!

COVID-19 + Homeschooling – Special Edition Part 2

Painting en plein air (aka outdoors)


P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan


Still trying to find a rhythm for your days while facing the uncertainty of how long the kiddos will be “schooling at home”?

P.L.A.Y. has a day-to-day plan that is truly flexible and can be done in place while you all stay safely at home indoors as well as right out your back door in your own yard.

Remember learning happens all the time especially when we are engaged, curious, and approach with a sense of P.L.A.Y.

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Looking for oodles of ideas on how to spend your days at home as a family working and P.L.A.Y.ing?

Read this online review series I created based on Laura Grace Weldon’s book:

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

— AND READ BELOW FOR MORE WAYS TO PLAN YOUR DAYS —


Here’s the Weekly Plan:

Monday – Nature Alliteration Adventure + Nature Journaling

Tuesday – Bird BOOK LOOK with a new story chapter and related online resources + activities/projects

Wednesday – Nature Alliteration Adventure + Nature Journaling

Thursday – Bird BOOK LOOK with a new story chapter and related online resources + activities/projects

Friday – Nature Alliteration Adventure + Nature Journaling

Saturday – Potluck P.L.A.Y. Pick (soooooo many options – you decide!)

Sunday – P.L.A.Y.  in Place with a Plan = Many topics showcased including A Family Gardening Series


Nature Journaling is for All Ages

Nature Journal – Spring Flowers


Here are some general examples of flexible daily plans that can be rearranged to suit your family while staying in place (appropriately apply to various ages and stages):

MONDAY 

MORNING

  • Breakfast & clean-up
  • Chores Together (care for pets/make bed/brush teeth/sort laundry/etc.)
  • Music & Movement (sing, dance, play instrument, yoga, etc.)
  • Building Projects (Legos, cardboard box forts, imagination & creativity engagement)
  • Read Anything! (solo, 1:1, together)
  • Hand Work (knitting, weaving, sewing, jewelry making, drawing, etc.) while listening to audio book recording

NOON

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Lunch & clean-up
  • Story Time (audio book or solo reading or together)
  • Rest & Regroup Quiet Time
  • Outdoor walk with today’s Nature Alliteration Adventures
  • Indoors/Outdoors write and draw in your journal to capture your nature adventures

NIGHT

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Supper & clean up together
  • Bed Time Routines (bath/teeth/pjs)
  • More short stories or ongoing chapter book or make up an ongoing story to add to each night!

Tuesday

MORNING

  • Chores Together (make bed/brush teeth/care for pets/sort laundry/etc.)
  • Breakfast & clean-up
  • Workbooks or appropriate online Screen Time work
  • Arts & Crafts project or Hobbies

NOON

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Eat lunch & clean-up
  • Stroll/jog/bike neighborhood and say hello to neighbors from a distance
  • Rest & Regroup Quiet Time
  • Bird BOOK LOOK next chapter and related activities and online resources

NIGHT

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Supper & clean up together
  • Family Games
  • Bed Time Routines (bath/teeth/pjs)
  • More short stories or ongoing chapter book or make up an ongoing story to add to each night!

*Adapt this to suit your family, all ages and stages, especially during this time of transition.


Still looking for more ideas on how to spend your days at home as a family working and P.L.A.Y.ing?

Read this online review series I created based on Laura Grace Weldon’s book Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything


Remember, it is more important to stay connected to one another than to “get it right”.

Tomorrow’s another day with new opportunities to try-try-again! 🙂

Plenty of hugs works wonders!


Please contact Karen@passionatelearningallyear.com with your questions and for parenting support during these challenging times.

You don’t have to do this alone. ❤ ❤ ❤

Sending a smile to help light the way,

Karen 🙂


FYI – Visit the first post in this special series at COVID-19 + Homeschooling – Special Series Part 1


P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan