Written by Jocelyn Paez, Academic Technology Specialist
In a culminating project, the kindergarten classes collaboratively built a "Bee and Bug Hotel" after several weeks of investigating bees in honor of Lovett's Year of Endangered Species theme. They learned about bees, why we need them, why they need us, and how we can help. We invited a local beekeeper, Mr. Marshall in to help dig deeper into the project and taste some of his hives' honey. The beekeeper taught us about his swarm catcher, passed out honey to taste, and propolis (a byproduct of bees) to smell. We explored the smoker, which calms the bees down and makes them sleepy so he can remove his honey.
A kindergartener commented, "What kind of honey is this?"
Mr. Marshall said, "It's East Atlanta honey."
The student scrunched up their face and said, "No, it's not. That's not a kind of honey."
We ventured out into Lovett’s gardens to observe bee behavior and to draw what we saw. Students came up with questions in their drawings, "If bees die, does their honey fall out?" The kindergarteners also collected natural materials for their "hotel rooms" in the hotel on a nature scavenger hunt. Kindergarteners learned how to use hand tools like hammers, screwdrivers, safety goggles, safety gloves, hot glue, and wire cutters.
In the end, they collaboratively created a warm cozy place for solitary bees and other bugs that live through the winter and named it the "Bee and Bug BnB." It is currently living in the Lower School Garden so stop by and check it out!