Rather than telling about whales or rainforest tree-frogs to introduce earth’s mysteries, this teacher started closer to home. She involved a local beekeeper. The reception class were full of questions as he pointed out the queen, workers and drones and explained some of the activity in his observation hive. Later as they chewed the honeycomb he’d shared, the children pondered all they had seen and heard. I don’t think any of them will stamp on an insect now that they know something about these amazing little creatures.
How did I hear about this? I happen to be the beekeeper’s mum.
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