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Monday, October 13, 2014

Intown Jewish Preschool

For several years now, I have gone at the Jewish holidays to talk to the children at the Intown Jewish Preschool about bees and honey.  This year I took the observation hive that belongs to my local bee club.  It lives at my friend, Gina's, house, so I picked it up the night before on Wednesday.  I gave the talks (I did it three times) and then put the hive in the car and drove to Blue Heron Nature Preserve where Gina was also giving a talk and needed the observation hive.

Here I am opening the observation hive.

In this photo I've drafted kids to be the guard bees, the drones, etc.















This little guy is the housekeeping bee!























This was just one class, but I did the talk three times for three different age groups.

They always ask good questions when I go to this school.  And of course, they each have a sting story of when they were stung by a "bee."  I usually use that opportunity to talk about the difference in a bee and a yellow-jacket.

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