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    I gave a bee talk to a 1st grade class last week. The teacher does a honeybee unit every year and she asked me to come do a talk/demo. She spent a couple of weeks teaching the unit. I loaned her my posters etc. I took my coveralls, veil, smoker, brush, hive tools, and a nuc with some drawn comb and foundation. I took my projector and computer with the PowerPoint presenation and a handful of honey straws. The presentation went well and the kids were polite and attentive. Their questions are usually accounts of "my brother kicked abeehive once and got bit...", not really questions.
    Out of 29 kids, only 3 had ever tasted liquid honey(and I'm in the rural south.) Biting the end off a honey straw, one little girl exclaimed,"It tastes like Honey-Nut Cheerios!" Two kids didn't like it(OK, it was Clover honey ). I thought it sad that ony 3 kids had ever tasted honey, but was encouraged when 24 of the 29 raised their hands when the teacher asked,"How many of you would like to be a beekeeper?"
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    Cool!
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    beegee
    My wife and I talke to elememtry kids in the spring ( she is retired from the local school system ) last year we did 26 classes 1st through 6th grade and we give each a tast of honey some of whitch don`t like it but over all it is a fun thing to do!!

    Last week the club "did" the local 4H fun fair and we saw about 1000 kids we don`t have much time with each class so one of the things I try to teach is the differance between a BEE and a yellow jacket and not to throw stones at horntes nest
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    I've been asked by the Beaufort Historical Association to give a talk to kids about beekeeping in Colonial times during their "History Week" in October. I've done some internet research and the Texas beekeepers have a wealth of information and pictures I'm planning to use. Looks to me that except for the skep/box/hive thing, beekeeping hasn't really changed much in 200 years. If any of you have any great colonial information, I sure would like to hear from you. I'd like to really sell these kids on beekeeping.

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    >we give each a tast of honey some of whitch don`t like it

    Yea, but that generation of kids only seems to eat chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. It would do them good to get exposed to something else. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    Working with young people is fun. I do enjoy it so. Sounds like your presentation went well.

    The only way we can save beekeeping is to get children interested and involved.

    Now many of those who said they want to be beekeepers may change their minds once they experience their first bee sting. Some will still be interested though and those are the ones we need.

    The 10 year-old I'm working with is still very excited about her bees. They arrive Saturday. We will be installing her two packages. We will see how she does. I'm going to take it slow and easy with her. I'll be careful to pay attention to her anxiety level. We'll get her hooked, though. She seems so very motivated. I think if I handle the situation properly her excitement and motivation will overcome her anxiety.

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    &gt;&gt;we give each a tast of honey some of whitch don`t like it

    As much as I love honey, I'm not really big on eating it by itself either. By itself it is sometimes too much for my tastebuds to handle. I love it with something else: Pancakes, dinner rolls, toast, english muffins etc. I eat about 6oz a week by myself.

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    &gt;we give each a tast of honey some of whitch don`t like it

    Yea, but that generation of kids only seems to eat chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. It would do them good to get exposed to something else. [Smile]
    While I agree with Michael that kids aren't too adventurous when it comes to food, I thought all kids liked pretty much anything sweet. Huh. Maybe honey on bread next time.
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    &gt;we give each a tast of honey some of whitch don`t like it

    Yea, but that generation of kids only seems to eat chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. It would do them good to get exposed to something else. [Smile]
    While I agree with Michael that kids aren't too adventurous when it comes to food, I thought all kids liked pretty much anything sweet. Huh. Maybe honey on bread next time.
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    Junk food must be it.Canada is rated no. 4 for fat kids.
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    My presentation starts with a picture of Pooh and Piglet drawing honey out of a hornet's nest. I tell them this is NOT how we get honey. The presentation develops using the cave drawings and present-day honey-gathering practices in primitive societies that haven't changed in thousands of years. Then I show various stinging insects that aren't bees and explain how the honeybee plays a vital part in our food chain. I was telling the class how a good alfalfa crop means good meat and milk, and a little boy raised his hand:"When you were talking about getting meat and milk from grass, I wanted to puke!" From the mouths of babes....
    My whole perspective is that we are failing to teach kids critical thinking skills and I try to stimulate their imaginations to encourage thought and investigation.
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    From the mouths of babes....

    Some of the best questions we get are from the slow learners or mentaly chalanged kids may be they connect with me

    Dan: when we let them taste it is on a piece of bread
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    I ould really like to teach and educate kids on honeybees and beekeeping. This has been a stimulating thought.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Another thought;

    I have given the same talk to SAMs (senior adult minestry)at our church with about 60 "old people" and the KIDS are a lot more fun.

    I am a meber of the "old people" group
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    &gt; ...a picture of Pooh and Piglet drawing honey
    &gt; out of a hornet's nest

    That must have been the Disney-fied Pooh.

    The original illustrations for the real A.A. Milne
    Pooh stories (drawn by E.H. Shepard) showed the
    bees in a fairly realistic tree, to my knowledge.

    One thing that impresses the heck out of the kids
    involves getting a bee to "eat out of your hand"
    (ok, in reality suck up some honey out of your hand...),
    and then letting a few of the (braver) kids try
    it. If nothing else, they need to take away
    the knowledge that bees are not going to sting
    them without a very good reason. I must admit
    that a few teachers have turned white at the mere
    suggestion, so it may be a good idea to bring two
    boxes - one with workers, one with drones. If you
    chill them A bit in a cooler, they are much easier
    to handle. Closing the drapes and dimming the
    lights also helps, as it may help to keep the
    bees from flying around.

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    One of my daughters keeps drones as pets. She is 12. I try and bring her a few home each week. The longest she has kept one was 2 weeks before her little brother shook it to death in the plastic container she keeps them in. Most of the time my son which is 3 kills them in a few days. I keep telling my daughter she has to keep them put up where her brother can not reach but she wants them close to her.

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    great... now I have another use for drones!!!

    I have figuared out that if I bring some drones home... my cats love to chase them!
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    The schools don't want observation hives or live bees. All it would take would be ONE "concerned" parent to freak about "potential" danger to an "allergic" child....
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    &gt;&gt; All it would take would be ONE "concerned" parent to freak . . .

    Having a set of these "concerned" parents in my extended family, I can identify with this statement. "Overprotective" is an understatement. And of course they think that they're acting in the best interest of their kids. Based on the example that they see, the kids are unwilling to try or do anything that might have the tiniest bit of risk so they have very limited experiences.

    If one of these types gets "on their high horse" about a bee presentation, it could more than undo the good of the session. Don't get me wrong; I am not suggesting that we cave in to this type of person and become just like them. I'm just trying to figure out how to make the presentations effective while minimizing the potential that some parent will go ballistic.

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    Hillbilly,
    How do you keep drones (papa-bees) alive outside of the hive for 2 weeks?
    I've tried (and my kids have), and they never last through the night, dying without explaination (losing the will to live outside the hive?). My kindergartener wanted to bring some to school, and he had to settle for mama-bees (any of the bees that sting) so he couldn't take them out and pass them around.

    Nothing cuter than watching my 4yr old walking his "papa-bee on a string".

    -rick

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