Ask open-ended questions to strengthen the children’s lan-
guage abilities and develop their thought processes. Questions
might include some of these:
Which flower do you like best?
What are you so busy doing?
What is the best thing about being you?
Do you ever sting, and why?
Involving Families: Studying Honeybees at Home
Supply the children with some fun activities to do at home. Men-
tion the activities in your weekly newsletter to families. Explain to
families that the optional activities are provided for extra quality
time together in nature and to involve them in their children’s
education. Explain that the children are learning more about
insects; this time the classroom’s focus is on honeybees and their
important work. Describe the following nature activities for the
families to enjoy at home:
• Tell families that you would appreciate their help with this valu-
able fun activity for home: cooperative work. Just as the busy
honeybees work together to create important things in nature,
so families need to work together cooperatively for jobs to be
done efficiently and well. When done supportively, magnificent
things can be accomplished, just as in the honeybee’s world. Ask
families to work together on any project around the home. Any-
thing from cleaning the garage together to picking up the yard
to planting a flower or rock garden would be a great family task.
• Send home a premade cutout of a yellow hexagon. Explain that
all the hexagons should be returned to school by a certain date
to be put on a bulletin board. After the families complete their
household project(s) together, have their children draw a pic-
ture in the hexagon of the work they cooperatively completed as
a family. Parents or guardians should help write on the hexagon
what they did, such as “We cleaned the garage together” or “We
picked up the backyard.” When the children return their fam-
ily’s hexagons to school, put all of them together on a bulletin
board titled “Busy Family Bees Cooperatively Work Together.”
Children will love viewing the bulletin board, and families who
visit or volunteer in the classroom will proudly notice their con-
tribution to the classroom’s comb honey bulletin board.
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