Re: Talking with Grade School Kids
Besides sitting at a table and answering questions or showing different things, are you going to give a formal presentation to a group(s) or class(es)? If so, what I like to do is to ask the children to tell you what they know and then guide them to more accurate information if necessary. I am always impressed by what they know.
I talked to a small group of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Graders at Church last Sunday. A boy from Zaire, here in Canton,NY while his Mother works towards her Doctorate, was full of information. He woke up that day telling his Mother that they really needed to go to Church because we were talking about bees. He had written a report for school and was very excited to share what he knew.
So, listen to the children. That's my advice. And answer their questions. Mark the Queen if you can. And keep the observation hive covered w/ a large towel or all the children will do is crowd around the hive looking for the queen, not paying any attention to you or anyone else wanting to speak.
Then uncover the observation hive, showing both sides if possible and have the Teacher keep the children from hogging space keeping others from seeing the bees.
Have fun and tell us how things went. What worked and what you'll do differently the next time. Do the children know you are coming?
The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.