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Bees, Bees and More Bees - Mother Goose Time

*A special announcement first:  If you have been considering getting Mother Goose Time, now is the time to do it!  They just announced next years themes, and not only do they seem super fun (themes range from Nursery Rhymes to Community Helpers, Birds & Eggs to Superheroes!) but for a limited time you can save an extra 5% on your curriculum.  This is on top of up to 15% savings with a pre-paid subscription!  Click here to see all of the themes, and scroll to the bottom to see the number to call to order and get your discount - YOU MUST CALL TO ORDER TO GET THE EXTRA 5% OFF!*

Last week we didn't do much school.  One day we did go to our friends house, and we brought some Mother Goose Time along, because:
  • Its fun
  • Little Guy likes having a "class" sometimes (other times not so much)
  • My friend likes the stuff we do and was actually trying to figure out if it was cool to ask me to bring some, but I offered so she didn't have to
The kids all worked together to Fill the Honeycomb, then we played a couple more games, did a puzzle and read our storybook.

Fill the Honeycomb

The rest of the week we didn't get to much school, so we were a bit behind.  Today we ALMOST made up for it in one day!  We did NINE activities today with ZERO meltdowns! 

First we did Counting Bee Eggs.  We talked about how Queen Bees lay thousands of eggs a day and never leave the hive.  Then we counted to 15.  Little Guy cannot count to 15, but he tries.  The real problem (other than not being able to count past 12 without just randomly saying numbers) is that he gets a little distracted by whatever we are pretending and likes to talk about it, which really screws up his counting.

Then we had a Bee Hunt.  This is one of the activities that we do every month, and Little Guy loves it! I was impressed that he was able to find the correct bee immediately when there were 20 bees on the poster.

Don't Swat the B was a fun play on words.  We were learning to keep bees safe, since they are good for the world.  We spun the spinner, then turned over the bee card.  If it was "B" we didn't do anything, but if it was another letter we swatted the "pest"  Mother Goose Time even provided a flyswatter!  Little Guy loved it, except when he got a B and didn't get to swat.

I think Transfer the Nectar was Little Guy's favorite activity of the day.  Not only did he get to mess with water, but he also got to use a giant word, which he loves (we learned pedipalps for scorpions last month): Proboscis, which is basically a long sucking tongue.  Bees use their proboscis to gather nectar and then move it to hexagon shaped cells.  Which Little Guy reenacted with water and an eyedropper.

We did a few more games and projects, including a Queen Bee Headband.  I didn't tell him it was a QUEEN bee, because I was pretty sure he would be opposed to that. 

I also made a Queen Bee Headband (although my head was to big for it) and took a picture of the REAL Queen Bee in the house, haha!

This evening we took a walk around our neighborhood, and on one of the side streets my 11 year old noticed something pretty cool and completely topical!  A BEE HIVE!  We stopped and looked at it, and Little Guy and I went over how bees make honey (we used some story cards to learn the process today), and of course I had to take a pictures!

*Little Guy and I receive Mother Goose Time Curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experiences!  All opinions are my own!*


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