We haven’t been doing a thematic sort of lessons for a good while now, partly because I, not the kids, was adjusting to the new year with a Primary School goer and life just got a tad busier. 🤷🏻♀️
It wasn’t until a Dayre mom suggested going to Bee Amazed Garden that I started on our thematic study on Honeybees. Such a study would normally be multi-disciplinary which comprises language arts, life science, art, baking, math and a field trip. Sounds ambitious? I think so.
Before each thematic study, a trip to the library is inevitable. We borrowed fiction and non-fictional books that are suitable for our kids (different reading and comprehension ability).
These are 18 books which would enrich us on our study on honeybees. 🐝
The lesson started with the identification of the different stages and subsequently the life cycle of the honeybee using the Safari Ltd’s figurines.
So I love the relatively big-sized honeybee from the life cycle set. When we went through the different parts of this bee, the boy could examine them well. He probably would be scared stiff by a real one but this figurine did its job well. Finger printing was next and the boy created a few bees with his finger and busied himself with making a honeycomb by painting a small egg carton yellow. I thought it would be useful as a prop when we go through the lesson in greater detail and when they have to narrate their honeybee story to me at the end of the study.
When the girl is interested in a certain topic, she will painstakingly record her findings on her notebook. Research, that’s what she’s doing. I’m happy that she’s doing that because she tends to retain that piece of information better when she records them on paper.
Getting her to draw and label the parts of the honeybee. She likes to draw and why not use watercolour and create a beautiful garden? She’s working on a mini project that I’ve tasked her to do, by the way.
The last few lessons revolved around Hexagon and we had a fun time printing using bubble wrap and a potato.
I’m afraid potato printing seemed a bit daunting for us both. Firstly, this mom couldn’t cut out a true hexagon, hence making hexagon tessellation on paper proved to be a challenge. We did try. The girl revised the hexagon box and she seemed familiar with it since she had gone through it in her kindy days. For the boy, we cut out hexagon shapes using playdough and then the boy had a good time acting out the pollen transfer by a bee.
To make the lesson come alive for the kids, we went to Bee Amazed Garden to learn more about honeybees. It was an awesome trip, I must say. More on this soon!
Ending this lesson off with the baking of Honey Madeleines.
What shall we explore next?