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National American Eagle Day is coming up quickly on June 20th! It’s a day to honor our national symbol and learn about this magnificent bird.
It’s the perfect time to introduce your preschooler to the bald eagle.
Celebrate American Eagle Day
1. Read About the Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle by Gordon Morrison is a delightful book about the life cycle of the bald eagle, from the time the eagles hatch until they leave the nest to start their own families. Not only is it full of beautiful illustrations, but the text has two levels, the basic story and detailed information with the illustrations.
First, read the book focusing on the story itself. Then read the book a second time enjoying the extra information included in the book!
2. Study the Letter B or E
American Eagle Day is an awesome time to study the letter E. First, print off a printable with the letter E and then fly around the house chanting E for Eagles, E for Eagles, E for Eagles, E-E-E! Preschoolers love to run and be noisy.
Now search the house for the letter E. How many places can you find the letter E hiding? Remember to look on the bookshelf, in the pantry, and on the computer.
You can even make a game to see who can find the most E’s in your house. By the end of the day, your child will know the letter E!
3. Practice Counting
Look through your book on eagles again and count the eagles you see on every page. Do you count two, three, or even four eagles?
Point out to your child that there are two eaglets in the book. It’s a prime opportunity to count by twos! The easiest way is to teach your child the chant, “Two, Four, Six, Eight, who do we appreciate?” then scream your child’s name.
Your child will be counting by two’s in no time at all!
4. What Do Eagles See?
Eagles have super sharp eyes as they fly through the air! Their eyes are estimated at being 4 to even 8 times stronger than our own eyes.
So sit down with your preschooler and chat about what an eagle would see up there in the air. Could they see a rabbit, mouse, or snake? How small of an object do you think they could see?
Cut pictures out of a magazine and create a collage of everything an eagle sees while flying through the air!
5. Pretend to Be Eagles
Finish the day by pretending to be eagles. Create a nest of blankets and hatch a couple of stuffed eaglets (or stuffed animals). Feed the stuffed eaglets, help them grow, and teach them to fly!
Be sure to use all your new knowledge about eagles as you pretend!
American Eagle Day is an excellent opportunity to use a unit study approach to teach your children all about eagles while reinforcing phonics and number skills as you play.
What is your favorite type of eagle?