Week 5, Term 2
May 22-26th, 2017
This week was BEE WEEK! Yay. What cute little critters they are. Yes, I know they sting. But they only sting as a last resort since they die when they sting you. We kept out of their way, but had heaps of fun learning all about these busy girls. Yes- GIRLS. The hive is a sisterhood. Very few males bees are born or even needed by the hive (sorry dudes). The girls do all the work and the boys? Well, they fertilise eggs occasionally. I’m not making any further comments on that one 🙂
The boys and I went down to Honey World on the Gold Coast and were lucky enough to have the bee keeper all to ourselves for over an hour. He took the boys around to all the hives and spent ages with us explaining everything Bee related.
Cyrus was WAAAAAy impressed that bees do a little interpretive dance for each other to communicate where they have found flowers outside the hive. He spent some time showing us all how bees wiggle their butts. We also loved that there are such a thing as Teddy Bear Bees (super fluffy bees) and blue bees. Who knew? By the way, I NEED a Teddy Bear bee or four of five in my garden. It’s officially on my birthday list.
Books Darius read this week: FLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE by Raymond Huber. Here’s where we bought it from. An awesome read following the life of a Honey Bee. Dazzy loved the rich text and illustrations. Cyrus is reading THE HOUR OF THE BEES by Lindsay Eager. A middle Grade novel suitable for ages 8-12. Here’s where we bought it from.
Cool bee related math activities for Dazzy: If you’d like some free printable bee activities for your little one CLICK HERE
We also found the Count to Ten Bee addition activities: Free down load CLICK HERE And we wrote some non-fiction text about bees as well as looking at the anatomy of bees and their life cycle.
Cyrus was busy working on revising all things noun related and revising time and fractions in math. Darius is still learning the order of the alphabet. He knows the letter names and sounds, but often gets confused as to which order they come in. We had a lot of fun playing ABC washing up to practise this skill. Mummy filled a sink with soapy water and then dumped into all his magnetic letters. He had to find them and place them in order on the baking tray. (I should have thrown some dirty dishes in and got him to do some washing up- next time!)
We found lots more ideas for learning about Bees HERE if you are interested.
The boys are loving all creatures great an creepy crawly! Well, that’s it for us this week. As always the Homeschool Dog stayed right away from any creature creepy or crawling and did absolutely NOTHING.
It’s the way she rolls.
As always, have a great week. Go find your bees…and your wonder. Let us know if you see a Teddy Bear Bee. Cyrus wants one. Actually…don’t tell us if you find one. 🙂
Love the Gone Wild Homeschool Boys. x