Rhymes for Bird Week all around Australia

Let's Celebrate our Australian Native Birdlife!


Birdlife Australia celebrates Bird Week from 19-25 October in 2013!
The Australian Government celebrates National Bird Day on 5 January every year
and World Migratory Bird Day was held on May 11 this year. 

Birdlife Australia says that, "Every year, bird lovers across the nation come together to celebrate BirdLife Australia's annual Bird Week. This year we invite you to “Meet Your Neighbours” and vote for Australia’s Favourite Bird in our fun and feathery election."  Did  you know that there are over 900 Australian Birds and that about 52 species are considered our most common neighbours?
 


You can download this brochure and many others from the Birdlife website!

Spring in Australia is the peak nesting and breeding time for many birds. So October is a great time to get out and see birds in action and learn more about how you can help them. 

The Butterfly Wings

International Year of Maths of Planet Earth

theme for October is

PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

 

The October rhyme relates birds and counting!

COUNTING BIRDS IN YOUR GARDEN

Count all the birds that you can see

Count them on the ground or in a tree

Count them in your backyard - Count them with me

1, 2, 3 – 1,2,3

0-5 years – Go outside in your garden or backyard or to a local park and chant the rhyme with your child and point to the birds that you can see.  With babies and toddlers tell them they are looking at a bird and birds can fly and hop!  With older children talk to them about the birds using the bird’s names (do some research on local birds) and what colour the birds are, what they are doing and the different sizes, beaks, feet and nests?   

3-5 years – If your child is interested in birds and can identify three or four birds that visit your backyard or garden, choose a week to have a special bird count – during Bird Week would be a great idea.  Choose a special time each day and sit in the backyard/garden/park and look for the different birds.  Count up the number of birds you have seen over the week.  Which birds did you not see?  Which bird did you see the most?  This simple activity is collecting data and statistics!!  Wow!! 





Another simple rhyme to share related to birds. 
Make a simple nest from twigs or shredded paper and some pretend eggs (playdough eggs will do) and keep adding an egg.  You can keep adding more than three eggs! 

BIRD’S NEST – A NUMBER RHYME

A little bird has built a nest

High up in the tree

Lays some little eggs inside

How many can you see – ONE

A little bird has built a nest

High up in the tree

Lays some little eggs inside

How many can you see – ONE, TWO

A little bird has built a nest

High up in the tree

Lays some little eggs inside

How many can you see – ONE, TWO, THREE


FUN BIRD IDEAS 

Magpies fly – hands up

Lorikeets fly – hands up

Pelicans fly – hands up

Apple pie – no hands

Peewees fly – hands up

Willy wagtails fly – hands up

Butterflies – no hands

Players are “out” if they put their hands up when it is not a bird’s name!!  Use lots of names of different birds and silly items that don’t fly eg pig’s fly!!  This game improves listening skills and builds vocabulary!

BIRD FINGER PLAYS

(borrowed from the Montessori Teacher Training website)

Five little birds without any home, (raise 5 fingers of right hand) Five little trees in a row. (raise right hand high over head) Come and build your nests in our branches tall (cup left hand for nest-right fingers in) We'll rock you to and fro. (then rock both hands) 




Two little birds sat up on a wall, (two fingers placed on each shoulder) One named Peter, one named Paul (raise both fingers) Fly away Peter, fly away Paul(wiggle fingers as you move arm behind your back in arc.) Come back Peter, come back Paul. (bring hands in front, one at a time) 


Two little blackbirds, (hands closed with thumbs straight up for birds) Sitting on a hill, One named Jack, (wiggle one thumb) The other named Jill. (wiggle other thumb) Fly away Jack (toss one hand at a time over shoulder) Fly away Jill. Come back Jack (bring back hands one at a time) 
Come back Jill. 


Up in the sky, the little birds fly. (flutter outstretched hands) Down in their nests the little birds rest. (lower hands into lap) With a wing on the left, and a wing on the right, (wave left hand, then right) The dear little birdies sleep all night. (fold hands under cheek) 



USING PICTURE BOOKS TO ASSIST IN DEVELOPING MATHEMATICAL IDEAS

The Butterfly Wings Team would like to encourage families
and early year’s educators to use picture books
as a starting point to develop mathematical ideas and
to play with mathematical concepts.

We would like to:

Ref: Early Years Maths

 The BUTTERFLY WINGS

RECOMMENDED PICTURE BOOK

FOR OCTOBER is

“Counting Birds” by Jing Jing Tsong.  

One by one colourful birds land in a tree. Ten birds in all. Each one with its own song and as the pages turn, with the growing number of birds, so do their songs when combined! Children can learn the numbers from 1 to 10 and count along.



DID YOU SEE THIS ARTICLE RELATED TO THE IMPORTANCE
OF 
PARENTS IN CHILDREN’S SCHOOLING?

Parents can give kids' schooling big lift 

by: Jessica Marszalek 

From: News Limited Network 

Taking an active interest in a child's education can help boost their academic performance. Picture: Rob Baird Source: Herald Sun 

HAVING a dedicated homework space, owning lots of books and visiting and talking about museums, galleries and films with parents can push a child to the top of the class. 

Research into parents' influence over children's learning
has found parents - possibly even more so than teachers
- are key to their success.


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all about BIRDS!