Monday, March 27, 2017

3.27.17  Birds Enrichment Class - Wixon Innovation Middle School
South Dennis, MA

There was rain in the forecast, so we had to stay indoors today.  This weather called for mandala coloring in my opinion... If you're not familiar with the mandala craze, I feel it's worth looking into.  I have colored some and they take a while!  They cause you to focus, slow down, choose your colors based on tiny spaces and patterns, in order to create something beautiful and allow you choose only ONE task for a bit, without a screen, without (too many) distractions... to just enjoy coloring.  I realize, I may sound crazy, but try it sometime! There are adult versions too, and connecting the different shades of color with the birds and discussing the birds each student chose, always makes for a relaxing lesson (which is a bit of an oxymoron...).

Of COURSE I'd rather be outdoors enjoying our surroundings, but I don't do bird walks in the rain.  The birds aren't out and about, and it is STILL the chilly March air.  Cold rain is really no fun for anyone in my opinion.  Wait until you see their beautiful work!  (Photos below) It's always interesting to find out which student chooses which particular species of bird mandala they'd like to color.  I had six to choose from: Northern Cardinal, Gull, Hummingbird, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl and Dove.  We discussed different aspects of the chosen species and if the students had seen or heard these particular species recently, and if so, where... doing what?  

People always have a story or a question about birds.  Birds are easy to share with others...they are everywhere, and aren't we lucky for that?!  (double click photos to enlarge)


Northern Cardinals & Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Showing the owl love...

Meticulously designed hummingbird

These are difficult to finish in just 40minutes

Lots of focusing happening...

Happy Birding young Bird Nerds!

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