Anser Charter School

Anser Charter School Kindergarten has a tradition of taking children on a in-depth year-long study of birds. Because Boise and its surroundings are home to songbirds, water birds, and birds of prey it makes for a perfect location to journey into the world of birds and develop a passion for learning.

Children have a lot of prior knowledge about birds and are immersed in a world where they can see birds every day.  This accessibility makes birds a great tool to use while teaching children about the natural world, the fragile existence of wildlife, and the need to become caretakers of all living things. 

At Anser Kindergarten, children have close-up encounters with birds that excite their senses and engage their minds. They have the opportunities to view birds close up, touch and hold birds. Live birds come into the classroom and/or we go to homes where owners will share their knowledge of and passion for birds. Children learn to use binoculars to view birds in our immediate environment along the river, at the bird feeders outside our classroom windows, and in their own backyards. 

Working with Bird by Bird has been an excellent extension to our curriculum. We are learning more about how to collect data in a kindergarten age appropriate and authentic way. We are learning how to care for our bird habitat and how to educate others about the birds we love.

In classrooms at Anser we study a subject in-depth over a school year as we work to integrate literacy, social studies, science, history, art, music, and math as much as possible. Each classroom uses guiding questions to lead children to their own discoveries through an inquiry approach to learning.

Here are some of the questions we ask ourselves in Kindergarten:

  • What makes a bird a bird?  Why is a robin a robin?  Why isn’t a robin an eagle?
  • How do birds survive? How do birds die?
  • Why protect birds?How do humans affect birds? How do birds affect humans? How do birds fit into our world?
  • Where do birds come from?  Where do birds go?
  • How do birds change/grow?

We have two classrooms of kindergarten students and we rely heavily on parent volunteers and resources/experts in the community to support our efforts in providing a rich and powerful curriculum. Thank you Bird by Bird! We are so excited to be a part of this effort to bring awareness to our natural world.

Sarah Brownsten & Heidi Grant,
Kindergarten teachers


What's New

Birds, Birds Birds!

November 8, 2017 - 11:00am -- Anser kindergarten

We went to the MK nature center last week and played Fill The Bill with Sara. Children learned about the different kids of beaks, and how they work! This week while children watched the birds at the feeders they were able to idenity the different beaks each bird had. We're seeing lots of tweezer beaks and cracking beaks, but would like to see more sucking beaks (hummingbirds!). Maybe this Spring we can figure out a way to get some hummingbirds to us! 

Bird Feeders!

October 11, 2017 - 1:07pm -- Anser kindergarten

At the end of Setember we ventured up to the IBO's Lucky Peak Site. There we saw many, many songbirds including Dark Eyed Juncos and Ruby Crowned Kinglets. This inspired kindergarteners to add bird feed to our already present (but empty) bird feeders to attract birds! We read Bird Feeder Banquet; an excellent pre-cursor to filling up the feeders. After filling up the feeders we felt inspired to create signs to let people at our school know that the feeders were for the birds. What excitment we've had watching Mourning Doves visit the ground feeder, and many House Sparrows and Goldfinches at the hanging feeders. Even at 5 and 6 years of age we can citizen scientists! Thank you Bird by Bird for the bird food and other materials. This is exciting work as we learn to identify all the birds at our feeders, and learn to accurately count and record each bird. Stay tuned for more.... In Birds We Trust...Anser Kindergarten

What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Ground 10/26/2017 - 10:45am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
3 Perched 10/24/2017 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Ground 10/24/2017 - 10:45am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Perched 10/20/2017 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Ground 10/20/2017 - 10:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Perched 10/19/2017 - 10:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Perched 10/19/2017 - 10:45am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Perched 10/19/2017 - 10:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Perched 10/17/2017 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Ground 10/17/2017 - 10:45am Details


Sarah Brownsten & Heidi Grant, Grade K
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.6334
Longitude: -116.249


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