We have been learning about bees in our co-op. We are working on a lapbook and also visited a bee farm today. I wanted to share a few pictures of our field trip. We’ll be finishing up our lapbook tomorrow and I’ll add pictures of it after.
Here Ben and I spent some time with the FIAR study from The Bee Tree. We love this book and have enjoyed activities from our Five in a Row volume 3 manual pertaining to this book.
Here’s a close-up picture of one of the more active hives we saw today.
The children were able to have a piece of honeycomb to touch andlook at. Ben thought that was cool!
They also got to hold one of the actual frames from an active hive that the beekeeper had removed honey from recently. You could see all the hexagons up close, some with pollen packed into them…very cool!
This is the honey extractor where they drain the honey from the hive frames.
And this is where they strain the honey (the cheesecloth had lots of dead bees, bee parts, and pieces of wax) in it. Then they fill these 5-gallon jugs with the raw honey.The honey then goes directly into the jars, no processing here!
The kids also got a
little “class” from the beekeeper’s wife (also a
homeschool mom) about the lifecycle and jobs of the bees. Here they are looking at a sample hive up close.
And here they are looking at a picture of a “real” beehive.
The children then got to make candles out of beeswax….
here’s the finished product….
and then they were able to taste the honey!
All in all a great field trip, very educational and very fun!