McGuffey’s Reader – 1st Grade Lessons LVI and LVII

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) singing ©nebirdsplus

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) singing ©nebirdsplus

These lessons start off with words, then the story. You can practice writing with the Slate Work.

“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, …” (Song of Solomon 2:12a KJV)


strong round dry bill worked

sends claws flit God spring

“How does the bird make the nest so strong, Willie?”

“The mother bird has her bill and her claws to work with, but she would not know how to make the nest if God did not teach her. Do you see what it is made of?”

“Yes, Willie, I see some horse-hairs and some dry grass. The old bird must have worked hard to find all the hairs, and make them into such a pretty, round nest.”

“Shall we take the nest, Rose?”

“Oh no, Willie! We must not take it; but we will come and look at it again, some time.”

Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) Building Nest 1 ©Earle Robinson


[Illustration: Script Exercise:]

God made the little birds to sing,
And flit from tree to tree;
‘Tis He who sends them in the spring
To sing for you and me.


feathers a go’ fly worm crumb feed’ing

ug’ly off feed brown guess things

Grey Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) Feeding at Nest WikiC

Grey Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) Feeding at Nest WikiC

“Willie, when I was feeding the birds just now, a little brown bird flew away with a crumb in its bill.”

“Where did it go, Rose?”

“I don’t know; away off, somewhere.”

“I can guess where, Rose. Don’t you know the nest we saw some days ago?
What do you think is in it now?”

“O Willie, I know! Some little brown birds. Let us go and see them.”

“All right; but we must not go too near. There! I just saw the old bird fly out of the bush. Stand here, Rose. Can you see?”

“Why, Willie, what ugly little things! What big mouths they have, and no feathers!”

“Keep still, Rose. Here comes the old bird with a worm in her bill. How hard she must work to feed them all!”

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Golden Eagle – Birds Are Free

Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) female by Ian

Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) female by Ian

Golden Eagle ©PD

Golden Eagle ©PD

Hey kids! What do birds bring to your mind? To me, the Golden Eagle, they are free from this old world. I mean that they are free from gravity! They can soar above the trees and above the beautiful mountains that God created! Speaking of gravity-Jesus walked on water! Peter walked on water and Jesus was taken away in the clouds when He went back to Heaven!

And when Jesus had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight…THIS SAME JESUS, WHICH IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN” (Acts 1:9,11)


Jesus and the Bible has promised that He will return to this very earth someday in the future! It might even be today! Please make sure that you are born again, that you are saved, that you have received Him, a free GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE from the Father! I for one want to live forever.

 Birds are free, they can soar to new heights, they are very colorful, and just full of beautiful colors! They make their nests in many different places! Sometimes in a tree, yes in a nest that they have made. Sometimes they live on the side of a cliff or they burrow a whole in the ground like some owls. Some birds will nest right on the ground. The cool thing is that God takes care of them and He takes care of us every day.
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) ©©Flickr

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) ©©Flickr

Hey, how’s that journal coming along? Have you spotted any birds? Have you entered that in your journal? Have you run across an interesting bird story? Do any of you have a question for the Golden Eagle? Free flight, fantastic colors, and fun builders of nests! The amazing creation of birds shows us the amazing ability of an awesome God! If you look around your room or you house, do you see any material things? Of course you do. And you know that each thing you see and touch, somebody made the things that you are looking at. They did not get there by pure chance, did they? Well, this earth, the Universe, you and me, the birds did not just get here by chance! That is what evolution teaches, but that doesn’t even make any sense. Nothing happens by pure chance. If that was true, there would be no purpose or reason for being in existence at all. The Bible teaches us that God made everything.

 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is… (Exodus 20:11)
That means that God made EVERYTHING and that He controls everything. There are no accidents with God. God is in control of each thing that happens around us and each thing that happens through us! Keep your eyes open, your ears alert, and watch today for the things that God is doing in your life and around you. I am certain that Jesus Christ, who is God, will be working TODAY!
Bye until the next adventure, I see a fish in my pond and I am hungry.

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