Archive for Summer 2012

Summer – Week 3: Bees & Wasps

We took a break from our regular studies this week (all but math) and decided to study bees and wasps.

There are a lot of bees and wasps on our apartment complex’s property. We all despise them. We found something that looks like the start of a wasp nest in our backyard and thought it would be fun to study them (indoors). I found a bunch of resources and thought I’d share them. We’ve learned so much about them, and I think it has helped with the fear of bees. Now we only fear wasps. LOL

Online Research & Information
Everything About Bees – “Bee, common name for a winged, flower-feeding insect with branched body hairs.”

Everything About Wasps – ” Wasp, common name applied to most species of hymenopteran insects, except bees and ants. Insects known as wasps include the sawflies, the parasitic wasps, and the stinging wasps, which are the best known.”

Bees and Wasps – “The insects most beneficial to humans are found in the large insect order Hymenoptera. Not only are the bees and many of their relatives pollinators of flowering plants, including fruits and vegetables, but thousands of species of small wasps are parasites of other arthropods including pest insects. Without these parasites that limit the growth of insect populations, pests would overtake most crops.”

Africanized Honey Bees – “Africanized honey bees have moved into the Southwest and are here to stay. In addition to the safety issues that need to be addressed because of the defensiveness of these bees, honey bees are also fascinating subjects to study. These lesson plans were developed to familarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities.”

Various Bees – “There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world. Bees live in colonies and there are three types of bees in each colony.”

Bee Identification

The Bees and Wasps, and the Hornets – Aesop’s Fable

BBC Nature – Wonderful close up video of bumblebees. We learned a lot from the series of videos.

BBC Wasps – Video of wasps.

Vanishing of the Bees – You can stream the documentary online for $3.99. “Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.”

Silence of the Bees – “In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country.”



Summer – Week 2

We didn’t actually get much done last week. My daughter had an overnight visitor Wed-Sun.

God’s Story & Me
When the World Was New – When Time Began

Augustus Caesar’s World
Chp 3 & 4

Trial & Triumph
Ambrose: Bishop of Milan

Math workbooks.

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Summer – Week 1

Week 1 Progress
I’m going to try to keep up with posting our progress each week. Last week we completed the following.

Trial & Triumph

Always Inventing
Pgs. 9-23

Augustus Caesar’s World
Chp 1 & 2

How to Read Poetry

Math practice


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Summer Work

This is just a list for my own needs. I thought I’d post it in case someone else would like to get ideas. I’m always on the hunt for ideas.

This is a list of books we will consume this summer. Not all of each book will be read. I have a list of chapters necessary. They are to prepare us for our upcoming school year. Summer school? Kind of. But the kids enjoy it.

I will be editing this list from time to time. We may leave some things totally off, or add something else we find interesting. If you’re a homeschooler, you know how that goes. Check back if interested.

In Progress 

Christian Church History (Religious Studies)
Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History (book)
God’s Story (book)

World History (History)
Augustus Caesar’s World (book)
Our Island Story (book)
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times (book)
The Story of the Romans (Yesterday’s Classics) (kindle)
The Story of the Greeks (kindle)

Kon-Tiki (kindle)

Natural History/Science
The Story of Inventions (book)
Wild Animals I Have Known (book) — still need this book | advising book & not ebook; ebook removes images
Secrets of the Woods (kindle)
School of the Woods (Yesterday’s Classics) (kindle)

Biographies (History/Natural History/Science – depending on biography)
Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell (Photobiographies) (book)
Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein (Trailblazer Biographies) (book) — still need this book
Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library) (book) — still need this book
Galileo and the Magic Numbers (kindle) — still need this book

Math workbooks to fill in gaps and keep minds fresh. Spectrum Math Books are my favorite.

Poetry (Language Arts/Literature)
Various poems by: Robert Frost,  Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Maya Angelou, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Tennyson, & Emily Dickinson. (www)
How to read poetry (www)

Shakespeare (Language Arts/Literature)
Tales from Shakespeare (book) – free kindle version
No Fear Shakespeare (www)

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (Puffin Classics) (book)
The Hobbit (kindle) — still need this book
The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics) (book)
The Magician’s Nephew (book)
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (kindle)
The Story of the Treasure Seekers (The Bastable Children) (kindle)

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