Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Here's the Buzz!

Today, we were busy as bees!  We had a honey of a day!  It was simply bee-utiful!  Ok, ok, I'll stop!  Bet you can't guess what we learned about today?  BEES!  Maggie has quite a fondness for them, as they are frequent fliers around our house, and who doesn't love their cool striped bodies?  Anyway, before our photos, here are your amazzzzing bug facts for today:

1.  Bees actually have five eyes (two large, and three small in the middle of their heads)! 
2.  Honeybees' wings stroke 11,400 times per minute!
3.  A honeybee worker visits more than 2,000 flowers on a busy day!
4.  Honeybees are the only insects that produce food for humans.
5.  Queen bees will lay as many as 2,000 eggs on a good day, an average of one every 45 seconds!
6.  The average honeybee worker makes only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime!

Here are today's photos:

Finding treasures before our Forest Friends class ...
 We learned about 'Flowers' today at Forest Friends, including how they get pollinated, like with the help of bees (so appropriate for today's lesson)!
 Just a few Forest Friends natives (there are three) ...
 Today's set-up for our lecture on 'Flowers' ...
 Maggie had these puppets on her hands and I asked her, 'Are you playing?'  She responded, 'No, my hands are cold!'  Clever girl.  :)
 Getting some help from Ms. Jennifer with her sunflower seeds picture ...
 On our nature walk, we found a nest of caterpillars!
 And we found a swallowtail butterfly, drying its wings!
Showing off our 3D bee model ...
 Our pom-pom bee, drying ...
 Adding the stripes to our 'Bumbles Bee' ...
 'Bumbles,' drying.
 Tasting some delicious honey!
Today, we:
1. We attended Forest Friends in Auburn, where we learned about 'Flowers!'
Letter 'Z':
1. We found the 'Z's in our letter magnets and spelled out words that start with 'Z.'
2. We read 'Zebra Question' from Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic, page 124.
3. We talked about how the sound that bees make ('BZZZZZ') makes the same sound as the letter 'Z.'
1. We read Bumble Bees by Fran Howard.
2. We read Show Me the Honey by Tish Rabe.
3. We read Bumble Bees by Cheryl Coughlin.
4. We read Honey in a Hive by Anne Rockwell.
5. We read the 'There Was a Bee' rhyme out of our Mother Goose book, page 117.
6. We read page 26 out of our Fiddle-Dee-Dee Kindermusik book about bees.
7. We listened to the following songs on Disc 2 of our Kindermusik Fiddle-Dee-Dee CD:
     Track 1: 'Fiddle-Dee-Dee';
     Track 2: 'Bumblebees Buzzing';
     Track 3: 'Listen to the Bee's Song/Buzz Upon the Flower'; and
     Track 4: 'Flight of the Bumblebee/Rimsky-Korsakov, Arr. Holland.'
8. We listened to 'The Bee and the Pup' on our Wee Sing Fun-n-Folk CD.
9. We put together the 'Bumbles Bee' craft kit that we got from Uncle Steven and Aunt Mary Lee.  (Thank you!)
10. We made our pom-pom bee out of our Martha Stewart craft kit.
11. We put together our 3D puzzle bee model.
12. We painted our two bees and wasp Magic Paint Posters.
13. We ate some honey on toast for snack!  (Our honey came from early wildflower.  Where did your honey come from?  Most come from clover!)
14. We read 'Spelling Bee' from Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic, page 81.  I will share it with you here:
     'Spelling Bee'
     I got stung by a bee
     I won't tell you where.
     I got stung by a bee
     I was just lyin' there,
     And it tattooed a message
     I can't let you see
     That spells out ... HELLO ... YOU'VE BEEN STUNG BY A BEE.
15. We read the poem, 'Bees,' from Bugs: Poems About Creeping Things by David L. Harrison, page 20.

Thanks for checking in with us!  Tomorrow, we'll cover Butterflies!


  1. How fun!!! Love the pom pom creatures that you make!! You have inspired me! I went to Michael's yesterday and got some cool educational crafts for us to do next week! :) I'm shocked I didn't run into you there! :)

  2. Yeah, it's either that or Target! We're always at one or the other! Thank for looking in on us, Lori! :)