Bees are all the buzz around here right now! That’s because bees are the theme in our classroom. We love having bees as our focus not just for this month but for the whole year.
There are so many cute but simple bee crafts for starting the school year like this bee made from a toilet paper roll with wax paper wings
and this beehive with little yellow and black pipe cleaner bees.
Bees offer such good learning opportunities for science too. We discuss their life cycle, act out how they communicate with the “waggle dance,” role play how they collect pollen from flowers, taste honey, and observe honeycombs.
The best part of starting the year with bees though is that the topic sets a great foundation for a strong classroom community throughout the year. We discuss how bees must work together and how we will work together too. Bees are busy and hardworking just like we want the kids to be in our classroom. Because of this, studying bees at the beginning of the year goes hand in hand with learning classroom routines and rules and learning to get along with new classmates. This year we are also trying a new “Buzzing with Compliments” hive. This is a combination of several different ideas from Pinterest. We have rules (such as “Bee Kind”) that are color coded. When children are given compliments for following one of the rules, they get a hexagon in the color of the rule to add to the hive. It will be fun to watch the hive fill up throughout the year.
I’m excited to start the school year with our little hive full of worker bees!