The Honey Bee

Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

*Assignment for "The Honeybee", Solo 3, pg 17.  
  Bohemian Folk Tune

Lyrics to "The Honeybee" solo  (Joyfully sing it while you are playing outdoors or doing chores!)

Honeybee, don't you dare sting me!
Don't sting father, don't sting mother,
Don't sting sister, don't sting brother.
Honeybee, don't you dare sting me!

Books in our library:

___1.  Read brief info about "Bohemia" (region in the Czech Republic), and be able to find Bohemia on a map or globe.

*Optional:  Documentaries of interest to our nature lovers!
The Bohemian Forest
Bohemia -  A Year in the Wetlands

___2.  Read one of the books in our studio loaning library about Honey Bees, an article online, or view one of the videos posted below.  (PRESCHOOL students:  Parents, please  check out activity pages from an awesome site for kids called "Buzzing Across America"!  Please print out one or more of the activity sheets.  Read it along with your child and have them to color and include in their Suzuki notebooks.)


-Honeybee (National Geographic Kids)
-Why do bees build Hexagonal Honeycomb?

Karis, age 4
Videos  (Choose one that interests you!)
-The Magic School Bus - In A Beehive (Honeybees)
-How Do Bees Make Honey
-How Do Bees Make Honey- Binoc Show
-Amazing Facts About Honey Bees
-Honey Bee - Teach Your Kids About The Amazing Busy Buzzing Insect
-Why Do Honey Bees Love Hexagons?
-She's Brielle-iant, Pollination Bees and Honey!

For Preschoolers:
*Busy Bees
*BEES | Animal videos especially made for children

Samantha shares info she learned about the Honey Bees
before performing piano solo "The Honeybees"

Theory Assignments (Ask your teacher for games and print-outs)
*Honeybee Keyboard Identification Worksheet
*Over The Mountain Keyboard Identification Story (From Fun & Games by Wynn-Anne Rossi.  FJH  Music Activity Books, Book 2. Video below of Kennedy enjoying this fun theory activity!)

Spelling Bee - Notes and Keyboard Identification
Spelling Bee Note Identification Game
Musical Bees and Flowers Theory Game
Musical Flowers Notes & Keyboard Recognition Game
BEE-ngo Theory Game
Buzzy Bees Theory Game

Students and parents admiring the honey bee 
observatory at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park!

To see photos of our "Honey Bee" themed Piano Performance/Theory Class and field trip to Phinizy Swamps Honey
 Bee Awareness Festival, visit:  HONEY BEE AWARENESS FESTIVAL.

The Queen Bee!

___3.  While listening to your Suzuki Bk 1 CD/iTunes, create a simple notebook page on cardstock regarding fun  facts that you learned about the Honey Bee for your Suzuki Journal *or* create Honey Bee art work.

Honey Bee art by Dylan, left-present; right-past!

**When you have completed the assignments above and can successfully perform "The Honeybee",  you have earned clues to find the Honeybee Letterbox.  Ink and print your beautifully carved stamp into the letterbox journal.  There will be a Honey Bee stamp in the letterbox to stamp into your Suzuki Book.  Enjoy one of the treasures surprises left for you in the letterbox!

Kaylee wearing her lovely honeybee sweater!


"Honey Bees" Cookies!

3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For decorations:
yellow and black icings or gels
gummy fruit

1.  Beat shortening, sugar and honey in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix until well blended.

2.  Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.  Add to shortening mixture; mix at low speed until well blended.

3.  Cover; refrigerate several hours or overnight, if desired.

4.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Divide dough into 24 equal sections.

5.  Shape each section into an oval-shaped ball.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

6.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets.  Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

7.  Decorate with icings, gels and gummy fruit to create honey bees. (Makes 2 dozen cookies.)

 Letterbox clues:  *Ask your teacher


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