We wrapped up our bee and pollination unit study last week. The children have had a lot of fun with different bee works as well as presentations and a group project.
One of the most popular works has been bee painting. It was designed to give children the opportunity to learn how to alternate colors (black and white). They certainly found a lot of concentration doing this work! Flower painting was also a success, children used the bottom of an empty water bottle to stamp petals on a piece of paper, they then completed their "garden" by using a brush to add the stems and leaves and finally added the flower disks with a yellow marker.
Another favorite has been bee quantity to numeral association. This work not only reinforced the children's counting skills but it also reinforced the concept of bees collecting nectar from a flower to make honey. Bee bingo was also a hit! Children worked in small groups to play this game which reinforced visual discrimination.
We received a visit from Miss Camelia (Sabina's mom). She took part of our honey tasting presentation and she helped the children make a delicious banana dessert with cinnamon and honey. We also enjoyed working on a beehive class project. The children worked as a team to create a beehive using different materials such as paint, paper and egg cartons.
We will slowly start moving into our new unit on North America this week. We will be talking about all the North American countries, the culture and focusing on the United States as this will lead us into our final unit of the year: Washington State.
El Salon Amarillo Lead Teacher