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 studio library(Students may check out the books from our library or click on the thumbnails below for an online read aloud.)

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

*Optional:  Documentaries of interest and piano performance for our nature lovers!

Honeybee Rhythm Fun, see video.

The Bohemian Forest
Bohemia -  A Year in the Wetlands

Listen to:  From The Bohemian Forest (Op. 68 No.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ) By Dvorak

___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.)


Articles (Choose one that interests you!)
-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
-Honey Bee - Teach Your Kids About The Amazing Busy Buzzing Insect
-Why Do Honey Bees Love Hexagons?
-How Do Pollinators Help Plants Grow? | SciShow Kids CompilationBees and Honey!


Theory Assignments  (*Ask your teacher for various games that you would like to borrow from our studio lending library, and for piano theory print-outs.)

For Preschoolers:
Honeybee Keyboard Identification Worksheet
*Over The Mountain Keyboard Identification Story, Fun & Games by Wynn-Anne Rossi.  FJH  Music Activity Books, Book 2 (Check with teacher for this book at our studio). Video below of Kennedy enjoying this fun theory activity!

Musical Spelling Bee - Treble Notes | Bass Notes 
*Musical Bees and Flowers Theory Game
*Musical Flowers Notes & Keyboard Recognition Game
*BEE-ngo Theory Game
*Buzzy Bees Theory Game
*Honeybee Rhythm Fun (See video of Charlie doing his rhythm study.)
*Honeybee Pollen Note Identification (Ask teacher for game at the studio)

Each year in August, we have a Honeybee and Pollinator Awareness month at our studio! Students create their own Honeybee compositions and they are performed during Piano Performance and Theory Class.We have Honeybee Piano Concerts for the community and invite special speakers. We have also taken field trips and participate in the Great Georgia Pollinator Census. To see photos of our fun activities, click on the links below.


The Queen Bee!

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

Drawing Tutorial: How to Draw a Honeybee

Honey Bee art created by Dylan.
(left- Studying about honeybees during National Honeybee Awareness; right-Past drawing while learning The Honeybee in Suzuki Piano Book 1!)

**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!


"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 for The Honeybee Letterbox clues! ♪