• Kalen Clark

Homeschool with Me: Science

Sometimes it is hard to picture yourself homeschooling your children, so watching other families homeschool can be not only helpful, but a little humorous when you realize that there's no perfect homeschoolers out there!

Today come along with us on a science lesson using The Good and the Beautiful. We're doing the Arthropods unit study to close out our 2019-2020 school year (2nd + 4th grade).

Their science units are designed to be done as a family for grades K-8. You can print them at home -or- order printed versions.

Today I'll be sharing Lesson 6 - Bees & Wasps Part 2:

Prep: Cut out Fact Charts & Identification Activity Sheets

Supplies needed: Cotton balls, a few different essential oils, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and a candy thermometer

I began by reviewing our vocabulary from the last lesson. Then I jumped into reading a small included passage. We talked about what honey bees do to keep warm and survive the winter. "...the honey bee, although it is also cold-blooded, does not die off or hibernate. Instead, honey bees are active all winter."

They liked moving their little bodies with me to demonstrate how we learned the bees cluster and keep warm.

Next, I read the passage about how bees communicate through smell. Then we did the included activity. It made the dining room smell soooo good.

I dropped 3 essential oils onto cotton balls, two cotton balls with each scent. I made sure to take a second to take a deep inhale of the lavender, hah.

I gave each child a cotton ball, and put the matching one in a different room. They smelled their cotton ball and then were told to go find their colony! So they buzzed into the other room and smelled each of the other cotton balls until they found their match. They really liked this!

Next up, I went a little out of order (skipping a Venn diagram) and went to the next reading section. We talked about the characteristics of honey bees, paper wasps, bumblebees, and yellow jackets. They asked questions and we shared some experiences of when we've seen each of those types of bees.

Then we mixed up fact strips and pictures and I had the kids work together as a group to match each picture with the correct name and facts. The older kids liked reading to Forrest and "helping" him.

After that activity, we got back up to the table and opened our Science Notebooks. They drew Venn diagrams (by this point, Forrest was over it, and went to play) and we went over information about honey bees and wasps. Did you know wasps produce wax and can sting multiple times?

Because of their good behavior, I gave them each a pack of these cute bug-themed fruit snacks I found at Kroger. They were so excited!

Y'all I was pretty proud of myself over these pictures, okay?

The next morning, we woke up and made the Honey Candy using the included recipe! We felt like this was a good way to discuss some of the stuff we'd learned, like how honeybees only make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in their whole lifetime! I love re-learning things with them.

The Good and the Beautiful sets up their science to be done around twice per week. This particular lesson took about an hour total.

This whole unit has been one of their favorite things we've done so far, and I've enjoyed it, too. There's no guessing, I read straight from the curriculum and do as it says.

A little bumblebee enjoying our catmint.

Have you read about my catmint mishap?

If you want to check out one of their science units for free, you can download Marine Biology. It gives you the opportunity to try it out with your kids and see what you think! They also have a FAQs page if you have other questions.

Thanks for coming along with us on our homeschooling adventure!

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