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In the Garden: busy bees

27.7.16
Earth-schooling is all about being outside and becoming part of nature.We practically lived outside last week. I am happy to say that the kids are busy learning about the great outdoors, and all its living things.  Overall, the children are building a strong foundation for understanding and questioning the importance of living things, life cycles, the changing of the seasons, and our place in the great circle of life.
a bumble bee
In the past week we saw quite a few bees.Lately we have been seeing them everywhere. There's mix reaction between the children; some duck for cover, while others simply ignore. I thought that was an interesting thing, and it led me to introduce the topic of bees, what they do, and why they are so important in the circle of life. 
Next year I hope to have a bee garden. We learned some things this year and we have already started to experiment. For example, did you know that flowers that attract bees are usually yellow, blue, or purple? The children and I had already planted some herbs and veggies and were focused on watching them grow, when we started bringing home wild flowers from various nature walks...there is no doubt that bee activity increased in our garden.

Did you also know that there are many personal benefits of having a bee garden?
Bee can increase the quantity of fruits & veggies in your garden. They also attract more butterflies (which we love), birds, as well as other insects, which makes for a really busy & lovely space.
Here are a few fun facts:
  1.  There are 3 types of bees: solitary, honey bees, & bumblebees
  2. Honeybees and bumblebees live in colonies or hives. All the bees in the colony work together for the good of the hive. Each has a job to do: the queen lays the eggs and the workers build the honeycomb, care for the larvae and collect the food.
  3.  Newly hatched bees do cleanup work around the hive
  4. Bees visit about 1500 flowers in one day.
  5. Bees often fly up to 6 miles to collect pollen on each trip.
  6. Many bees specialize in one plant species in areas where different flowering plants bloom at the same time, this keeps different bee species from fighting over the same flower!
just hanging out...

...a story we read & loved: (from Stories from Bug Garden by L. Moser).

We liked this site and we liked the photos on this one too.

We made these fun bee friends from egg cartons.

Supplies needed:
yellow paint

black paint
paint brush
marker to draw face and /OR googly eyes 
brown or black pipe cleaners
glue
white construction paper (for the head..I painted it the same colour yellow as the body)
clear/white tissue paper

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