Did you check out the Monday Book Club suggestion, “Mama Outside, Mama Inside”? The outside mama was busy building a nest for her eggs to hatch and grow in until they were ready to fly off and be grown-up birds. A nest is a cozy, warm, safe place for baby birds to grow.
So, how do we use this word to build a child’s vocabulary? Here’s 3 quick tips to teach the word nest:
- Ask your child what a nest is. Perhaps there is a nest in your yard or neighborhood. Quickly, before the leaves pop on the trees, go look in the branches for evidence of nests. Do you have a birdhouse near? Perhaps in a bird refuge or park? Read a book about birds (check out our April Book List for suggestions at: ) and point out the nest in the pictures.
- Explain that nests are built by the birds. Each different bird uses different materials to build a “perfect for them” kind of nest. And if you want to see nests (and eggs and birds in action) check out this link to the Cornell University bird site: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/
- To show your child that nests are nice for humans, too, build a nest out of blankets and pillows and snuggle in your nest for a family story time and maybe even a little nap!
Try these ideas and your child will always remember what a nest is!