Monday, May 20, 2019

365: World Bee Day

May 20 is World Bee Day. World Bee Day is a holiday created to educate about bees and their importance for the preservation of our world.
We consulted our favorite bee-lover, Queen Bee Taylor, and she suggested we talk about the Waggle Dance. The Waggle Dance is a dance that a bee does to share the location of nectar with other bees in their hive. The video linked above is from the Smithsonian, and it's really interesting to watch.
The Smithsonian video was a little old for Jude (and Q), so I watched the Waggle Dance by Phineas and Ferb with them instead. When I was teaching, we always watched videos and read passages as least twice. I do the same with Jude. After we finished watching, I started playing just the music and we did our own waggle dance. The babies loved shaking their butts while they were climbing the triangle.
Despite my fear of bees, I understand their importance. We finished our bee celebration by going to White Oak Gardens and picking up some bee-friendly pollinator flowers to plant in our backyard. We chose a butterfly bush and some lavender. There was a little bed we had a hosta in from last year near our garage, so I went ahead and weeded it and planted the flowers. Jude loved "helping".

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