If you and your children enjoy working with your bees, or if you don’t have bees but have an interest in them, you will definitely enjoy the lessons found in this unit study. Over 50 ways to study math, science, language, art, home economics, and more are included.
Unsure? Here are a few examples:
Read the chapter “The Bee Tree” in the book In the Land of the Big Red Apple by Roger Lea McBride. It is part of the Little House series.
- Discuss if the method Abe uses to find the bee tree is plausible. Ask an experienced beekeeper for his opinion. Try it for yourself.
- Copy words that are specific to bees. Course, bee gum, and beeline are a few. Write out definitions of these words.
- Discuss the code in the hills that determines who owns the honey in the tree—the land owner or the man who finds it. Compare that with the parable in the Bible of the treasure hid in a field (Matthew 13:44). Have your older child write an essay on the topic.
- Find out why Abe looked for the queen and placed her in the bee gum first. Also, what might he look for in the honeycomb that he added with the queen?
- When the bees first landed on the little box with molasses, why would they wriggle their bottoms happily?
Remember, this is just a sampling. Also included is a page of valuable resources and a list of vocabulary words.
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