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Inside Birding: Episode One, Size and Shape

This video series from All About Birds is designed to teach children the basics to birdwatching.

Here is a summary about this episode from the All About Birds site.

Learn the most fundamental skill for identifying birds: recognizing them by size and shape.

Chris and Jessie show you how to compare different birds and employ your observations to make a confident ID. Join them in the field to practice these techniques on common birds and learn how to distinguish similar species such as Hairy and Downy woodpeckers.


Check out the online bird guide at All About Birds!

Click here for more links from All About Birds.  Page down to Explore More to read about sharpening your ID skills with silhouettes, a video about the American Robin, and honing your ability to ID birds with beak size and shape.

Episode Two: Color Pattern

Episode Summary from the All About Birds Site:

If you’re relying solely on your field guide to make an ID, you might be missing out on easy opportunities to identify the birds you see.

Join Jessie and Chris as they demonstrate the importance of observing a bird’s overall color pattern. Learn to recognize specific features and patterns to identify birds with confidence.



To learn more, go to the All About Birds Site and page down to the Explore More section.  You’ll find links to information about dark and light plumage patterns, key field marks to watch for, the different parts of a bird, and birding the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Florida, an episode location.

All About Birds has the best online bird guide on the web!

Episode Three: Behavior

Summary of this episode from the All About Birds website:

Besides being fun, observing the way a bird behaves can provide critical clues to its identity. With stunning footage from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library, Chris and Jessie show you different types of behaviors to watch for and how to interpret them.


Click here to see links relating to this episode, including the Macaulay Library, behavior clues in greater detail, and birding at Green Cay, an episode location.

Episode Four: Habitat

Here is a summary about Episode Four: Habitat from the All About Birds Website:

Inside this Episode

Join Jessie and Chris as they bird the marshes, cypress swamps, and nearby mangroves of Florida’s Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in pursuit of the elusive Limpkin.

You’ll learn how to employ your observations of habitat to help you determine the probability of finding birds in certain locations and to confirm the identity of the birds you see.


For links and more information, click here. Page down to Explore More to check out the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, great birding opportunities in Southern Florida, or to visit eBird for dynamic information on when and where to find birds.

All About Birds has the best online bird guide on the web!

Click here to view downloadable curriculum from CurrClick relating to the study of birds.

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.

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The Insect Folk by Margaret Warner Morley

insect, image from 4th edition of Meyers Konversationslexikon, copyright expired, book is now in the public domain,  Meyers b16 s0352a

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Click here for a CurrClick copywork book based on The Insect Folk. This link will take you away from My Audio School.

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter titles.

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00 – A Word to the Children

insect, dragonfly 3, photo released into the public domain by its author Neelix

01 – Our Pretty Dragonflies

02 – The Fairy May Flies

03 – The Stone Fly Folk

04 – The Silver Fish

insect, Common Cockroach, Project Gutenberg eText 16410, image in the public domain

05- The Old Cockroaches

06 – Neighbor Walking Stick

insects, Mantids, Mantidae, and a Walking Stick, plate 50 volume 1 from Illustrations of Exotic entomology, public domain, DruryV1P050AA

07 – The Grasshopper Tribes

08 – The Shorthorned Grasshoppers

09 – The Longhorned Grasshoppers

10 – Pretty Katydids

11 – The Cricket-Like Grasshoppers

insect, musical cricket, from The Naturalist on the River Amazons by Henry Walter Bates, public domain

12 – The Cheery Cricket People

13 – A Large Family

14 – The Great Bug Family

15 – The Water Boatman

16 – The Funny Back-Swimmers

17 – The Giant Water Bug

18 – Little Mrs. Shore Bug

insect, water strider, Gerris marginatus at Cincinnati Zoo, photo by Ltshears, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Unported license

19 – The Airy Water Striders

20 – A Queer Fellow

21 – The Well Dressed Lace Bug

22 – A Bad Bug

23 – The Troublesome Red Bug

24 – The Ravenous Chinch Bugs

25 – The Well Protected Stink Bug

26 – The Louse

27 – Bird Lice and Book Lice

insect, Cicada,  Illinois summer of 2007, photo by Nickaleck, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 license

28 – Friend Cicada

29 – The Odd Spittle Insect

30 – Pretty Leaf Hoppers

31 – The Comical Tree Hoppers

32 – The Jumping Plant Lice

insect, aphids fight, image by Richard Bartz, aka Makro Freak, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 license, Aphidoidea fight

33 – The Aphids

34 – Scale Bugs

35 – The Horned Corydalus

36 – Fairy Lacewing

37 – The Ant Lion

38 – The Little Caddice Flies

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.


The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess

 wolf Canis lupus baileyi running

Summary: Peter Rabbit goes to school, with Mother Nature as his teacher. In this zoology book for children, Thornton W. Burgess describes the mammals of North America in the form of an entertaining story, including plenty of detail but omitting long scientific names. There is an emphasis on conservation. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden for Librivox)

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Click here to preview or purchase Animal themed copywork and notebooking pages. Clicking this link will take you away from My Audio School.

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Jenny Wren Gives Peter Rabbit an Idea

Peter and Jumper Go to School

More of Peter’s Long-Legged Cousins

Chatterer and Happy Jack Join

squirrel Tamiasciurus douglasii

The Squirrels of the Trees

Striped Chipmunk and his Cousins

chipmunk Streifenhoernchen

Johnny Chuck Joins the Class

Whistler and Yap Yap

Two Queer Little Haymakers


Prickly Porky and Grubby Gopher

A Fellow with a Thousand Spears

A Lumberman and Engineer

A Worker and a Robber

A Trader and a Handsome Fellow

Opossum Philadelphia

Two Unlike Little Cousins

Danny’s Northern Cousins and Nimbleheels

Three Little Redcoats and Some Others

Mice with Pockets, and Others

Teeny Weeny and his Cousin

Four Busy Little Miners


Flitter the Bat and his Family

An Independent Family

Digger and his Cousin Glutton

Shadow and his Family

Two Famous Swimmers
BAB Beech Marten photo by Franco Atirador from Wikimedia Commons

Spite the Marten and Pekan the Fisher

red fox Vulpes vulpes

Reddy Fox Joins the School

Old Man Coyote and Howler the Wolf


Yowler and his cousin Tufty

Some Big and Little Cat Cousins
Raccoon climbing in tree

Bobby Coon Arrives

Buster Bear Nearly Breaks Up School

Buster Bear’s Big Cousins

Unc’ Billy and Old Mrs. Possum

Lightfoot, Blacktail and Forkhorn

Bugler, Flathorns and Wanderhoof

Thunderfoot, Fleetfoot and Longcoat

Two Wonderful Mountain Climbers

Piggy and Hardshell

The Mammals of the Sea

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.

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The Fairyland of Science by Arabella Buckley

flowers released to public domain by author  Neelix

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Running time: 6 hours, 56 minutes

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flowers 2 released to public domain by author Neelix

Note: I have not previewed this book for evolutionary content.  Glancing through, I did see one reference to “millions of years” in chapter one. If this is a concern for you, please click “read this book yourself” to peruse its contents. This book does appear on some popular booklists, such as Ambleside Online.

Summary: I have promised to introduce you today to the fairy-land of science; a somewhat bold promise, seeing that most of you probably look upon science as a bundle of dry facts, while fairy-land is all that is beautiful, and full of poetry and imagination. But I thoroughly believe myself, and hope to prove to you, that science is full of beautiful pictures, of real poetry, and of wonder-working fairies.

(From the Introduction to The Fairyland of Science)

Redwood sunlight, with fog and sun rays, in Redwood National Park.  This image is in the public domain, as it is a work of a National Park Service employee.

Lecture One: The Fairyland of Science: How to Enter it, How to Use it, and How to Enjoy it

Lecture Two: Sunbeams and the Work They Do

Lecture Three: The Aerial Ocean in Which We Live

FLS Drop of Water falling from a piece of ice, photo released to public domain by its creator Jonas Bergsten

Lecture Four: A Drop of Water on its Travels

Lecture Five: The Two Great Sculptors: Water and Ice

Lecture Six: The Voices of Nature and How We Hear Them

Primrose, Primula sinensis, a hand colored engraving from John Lindley's Collectanea botanica (1821), a plant both named and drawn by Lindley

Lecture Seven: The Life of a Primrose

Lecture Eight: The History of a Piece of Coal

FLS Coal, this image is a work of the Minerals of the World project, and is in the public domain

Lecture Nine: Bees in the Hive

Lecture Ten: Bees and Flowers

FLS  Bee Sucking Nectar, photo released to public domain by its author and copyright holder, Jon Sullivan

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions

Parents, please do not allow your children to peruse YouTube (or any other video sharing site) alone, and preview all video content before sharing with your children.

Click here to see downloadable Leonardo da Vinci lapbooks, unit studies and more from CurrClick.

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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