Beekeeping, Free lessons and printables, Gardening, homeschooling

Share the Buzz, A free lesson guide about honeybees

Why just teach your children about honeybees when you could do something together to help save them? This lesson goes beyond “just” planting another pollinator garden by focusing on planting flowers which bloom when bees need them most, providing the maximum benefit for limited space. Children learn best by doing. And by having someone to inspire their curiosity, encourage them…

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Beekeeping

Lessons learned from a bee sting

Bug sits angrily in the chair, knees up to her chin, arms crossed. “I hate bees!” she yells. The tears have stopped but are replaced by anger. “I’m never going outside again!” And I’m not sure whether she is really upset about the sting, or the betrayal. Last year, she visited our little apiary almost every day. She sat amongst…

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Beekeeping

The simple joy of bees

Moments of joy. Walking across the pasture with two little girls to visit Daisy and Buttercup. They had wanted to name all the bees, but when they saw just how many 20,000 really was, they decided to name each hive. Watching the bees, heavy with pollen, line up at the entrance to do their work. “Mommy! That one has pollen!…

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Beekeeping, education, homeschooling, Rural life

And we have bees!

The closer we got to pick up day, the more I thought about bees as stinging insects rather than honey producers. The children were anxious, picturing life imprisoned in the house for fear of getting stung. We all were anxious about the drive home with 20,000 bees in the car. And I drive an SUV. There isn’t even a trunk…

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