Literature Study: The Man Who Painted Birds

Heather · May 28, 2024

Literature Study: The Man Who Painted Birds is an 18-week (two quarters) course.

In this course students do a Classic Literature Study of THE STORY OF JOHN J. AUDUBON by Joan Howard. Lessons include getting to know who John James Audubon was, How God used him, and his contribution to America.  

The Classic Literature Study includes studying the setting, plot, theme, characterization, related geography, some history for context, and Biblical principles.

In addition to the Classic Literature Study, students do an artist study of John James Audubon which includes observing his subjects, style, and techniques. Plus, students will learn Biblical principles of Art.

You’ll gather around the table with your children twice a week and enjoy the beauty of God’s birds as seen through the eyes of John J. Audubon, and have an enjoyable time together!

Literature, History, Geography, Art, and some Science in one course? Yes!

The Goals of This Study

  • Observe the shaping of John J. Audubon’s character and how God used him.
  • Learn obstacles he faced and overcame.
  • Appreciate some of the birds that he painted during his ornithology studies.
  • Enjoy history coming to life as you read through The Story of John J. Audubon by Joan Howard.
  • Celebrate what you’ve learned with a Special Audubon Day (field trip, creative project, or party)!

The Benefits of This Study

  • Learn some French and American history.
  • Learn details about some of the birds that Audubon painted.
  • Cultivate Biblical reasoning and thinking.

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About Instructor


Heather is a wife and homeschooling mom of ten. She's a certified Master Teacher in the Principle Approach® through FACE and she has been teaching with it for over 15 years. (Footnote: (1) The Principle Approach® is a registered trademark of the Foundation for American Christian Education.)

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Course Includes

  • 19 Lessons
  • 84 Topics