National Honey Bee Day is August 19 this year. To help Virginia homeschoolers learn a bit more about bees and beekeeping, we are focusing our Homeschool Corner resources on a few introductory websites to start your studies.

1.1 Article: “Are You Available to Your Kids if They Want to Talk?”
1.2 Benefits of Beekeeping
1.3 “B” is for Bee; Books and Crafts
1.4 Bees and Beekeeping
1.5 The Science of Bees

 

1.1 Article: “Are You Available to Your Kids if They Want to Talk?”

Parents have many duties but none as important as being available to our children. Arlene Pellicane from The Courage blog shares her thoughts on how to ensure your children have access and time to share their hearts with you.

www.thecourage.com/are-you-available-to-your-kids-if-they-want-to-talk

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1.2 Benefits of Beekeeping

The Virginia State Beekeepers Association has valuable information on beekeeping in the commonwealth. You will find articles on beekeeping, a map and lists to help you locate local beekeeping groups, and information about becoming a master beekeeper.

www.virginiabeekeepers.org

Beekeeping could be a family endeavor. This article describes the process of setting up and maintaining a beehive.

http://runamukacres.com/how-to-set-up-your-first-beehive/

If you are considering setting up an apiary, you will want to learn about the laws regarding beekeeping in the Old Dominion.

http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title3.2/chapter44

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1.3 “B” is for Bee; Books and Crafts

These books could help you teach your preschoolers about bees and beekeeping. This list includes the title, author, a short description, an age range, and the ISBN. While the linked titles take you to Amazon for purchase, you can most likely find the books at your local library.

http://books.growingwithscience.com/2013/10/18/honey-bee-books-for-kids

Crafts can help solidify a lesson, as well as help develop motor skills. You can use these crafts to teach your children about bees.

http://iheartcraftythings.com/15-adorable-bee-crafts-for-kids.html

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1.4 Bees and Beekeeping

In her article,“Become a Backyard Beekeeper,” Jodi Helmer explains the art of beekeeping with short, easy-to-understand descriptions and graphics.

www.fix.com/blog/beekeeping-for-beginners

While this list of books about bees initially begins with books for preschoolers, it also includes books for older children that contain more scientific information. The titles link to GoodReads.com, a website sharing reader reviews. A click on the “Libraries” tab will take you to a list of libraries near you that have that title. Note: If your local library is not on the list, your library may still have a copy.

http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/2015/11/07/5-bee-books-for-children

Your children might enjoy learning these quick facts about bees.

http://infographicjournal.com/10-fascinating-honey-bee-facts-you-didnt-know

Beekeeping might be a great family project!  If you really want to delve into the subject, this site offers online courses–and the free previews give you plenty of basic information. There is also an incredibly informative blog.

https.honeyglen.com

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1.5 The Science of Bees

Randy Oliver earned degrees in biological sciences, specializing in entomology. His web page has valuable scientific information on bees with links to articles he has written for the American Bee Journal.

http://scientificbeekeeping.com

Your biology student could spend quite a bit of time discovering the many species of bees with this introductory article. The rest of the website contains a wealth of information on other bee topics, as well. .

www.buzzaboutbees.net/types-of-bees.html

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