One of my favorite studies to put together in our curriculum has been our bee themed home school unit. Every summer we add more resources, more hands on activities, and more bee friendly corners in our garden to get closer to these important little pollinators. Our children love watching as our garden blooms and one by one the bees come to gather nectar to take back to their hive. If you’ve been wanting to observe bees with your little ones or you’re building a bee unit of your own you’re in luck. We complied a list of our favorites resources just for you.
For me, building a home school unit is all about the books. I love being able to grab a stack of books off of the shelf on any subject and build a week or month’s worth of activities & lessons from the stories and facts they hold. Our collection of bee books is one of our larger collections and we love reading them over and over again. I try to have books for a range of ages that cover different aspects of the bee’s life. Here’s a list of our favorite bee reads:
This is a great hands on way to see how different locations and native plants produce different flavors of honey. I love setting up a tasting station with a variety of honey for us all to try. We take turns trying to guess each variety & then we enjoy our favorites with jam & toast.
+ Plant a Bee Garden-
Every year we make sure to plant a variety of bee friendly flowers & plants in our garden so the bees have a place to do what they do best. Getting your kids involved in the process is a lot of fun and having extra hands helping in the garden is a plus. We love to plant lavender, sunflowers, bee balm, coneflower, cosmos, and poppies so that when the summer comes blooms are everywhere for the bees to enjoy. Pollinator.org has planting guidesOpens in a new window to help you find appropriate plants.
+ Build A Bee Hotel-
Bee hotels are a great way to protect native bee species and an easy project that will create hours of observation opportunities. There are so many tutorials online for creating your own bee hotel, here’s an easy one to get you started.
+ Honey Bee Dances-
Honey bees communicate with each other by waggling or dancing. We love coming up with our own special dance moves to try and see if the others can guess what we are saying. We also love learning more about the honeybee’s special dances using this lesson guide.
Do you have a favorite resource for learning about bees with your children? Share them below as a resource for the community! We’d love to hear how you show the bees some love! If you create your own bee themed home school unit with these resources, let us know!