Lessons from the Beehive is the fourth installment to Carol Alexander's Lessons from the Homestead series. It is a wonderful little e-book full of resources, ideas and activities to learn from the bees around you. And no you don't have to raise bees, or even live on a homestead, to benefit from this unit.
What drew me to this series is the fact that it is rooted in how to learn by experience. It's all about pulling lessons from real life. If you have read here for very long you will know that this exactly how I feel. And when I read through Lessons from the Beehive for the first time, I could tell that it is exactly how I would write a unit on bees- only this time the work was done for me! Lessons from the Beehive gives over 50 lesson ideas, vocabulary words and other resources to give you a thorough start to understanding the life of bees and how they can teach you.
The e-book is divided up by subject matter- Science, Geography, Math, Language, and more. There are lessons for all ages- from songs and fingerplays for young ones to designing your own pretend honey business, complete with logos, brochures and labels for the older kids.
I love how many of the lesson pull in those all important life skills. Building. Cooking. Finances. Business. All learned because of bees! Putting a purpose behind all the information will help solidify the knowledge and your kids will retain much more.
Our late summer flower selection is pretty poor right now, but what we do have is an old apple tree dropping tons to apples. It is bee heaven! There were plenty of specimens available for us to observe and talk about. The boys really enjoyed the lessons we chose to do so far, and maybe it will help to ease their bee-fears a little bit.
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