Hands – on … ;-)

13 Jan


Any idea what that is? πŸ˜‰

Well, let’s give some hints.

At school we have 4 beehives.

3 of them on the school roof:

Click to enlarge ;-)

Click to enlarge πŸ˜‰

And the fourth one in our patio, next to the library and the study room:

Beehive in the patio

These behives have been there for 3 years now and a beekeeper comes twice a year to harvest the honey. He also comes when the bees swarm. He comes to collect the swarm, which is a rather delicate operation.

Collecting the elopers ;-)

Collecting the elopers πŸ˜‰

” It was a very surprising experience. We opened the honeycomb, extracted the honey in a machine called a honey spinner and we tasted the honey. Delicious” HΓ©loΓ―se.

” Honey made a 100% in Kerallan Junior High πŸ™‚ It was a geat experience for the whole class”Β  Victor A.



Posted by on January 13, 2013 in activity, Being eco-friendly, France, school


22 responses to “Hands – on … ;-)

  1. MrsU

    January 14, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Wow, that is what I’d call interesting lesson. And I understand now why you have already sent our fluffy friends back;especially the teddy bears would have been excited and probably eaten all your honey… πŸ˜€
    Congratulations to your school for that fabulous hands-on approach to learning. πŸ™‚

  2. vasiliki54

    January 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Really great experience to taste your own school-honey!
    A huge bravo to those that have the brilliant idea to make you know about the amazing bee’s life and products!

  3. Marie-France

    January 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Good thinking, Mrs U. We can see you know your teddy bears very well πŸ™‚ This year, the honey harvest is not as important as last year’s and we will only have tiny pots of honey to sell or to offer as presents. This year honey will have to be eaten within the next two months too. Mind you, the honey bees are very active even now as the weather is quite warm butwinter is not over yet, far from it.
    Assoon as the first pots of honey are at school we will keep you posted.

  4. philipp GERMANY

    January 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    It looks delicious. I think it’s a very exciting lesson.

  5. Marie-France

    January 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    @ Vicky.

    We got most info on the life of the bees. There was an exhibition in the school library on the topic, last week. It was really well done and easy to read for our young pupils.
    We will not have a tremendous amount of honey this year though. The weather was not good enough last year.
    Apparently bees are more comfortable in towns and cities nowadays. They find more food in the gardens and thecity flower beds than in the country where corn mono-culture is not good for them, and less pesticides too.

  6. Lorenz

    January 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    That looks great πŸ™‚ And what are you doing with the honey ? Do you sell it ?

  7. Hugo France 6B

    January 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    My favourite moment was the honey tasting πŸ™‚

  8. Marie-France

    January 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    @ Lorenz. Yes, we sell the honey we harvest to help finance trips outside school. This year the benefit won’t be huge as the harvest is not as good as last year 😦

  9. yoann6d france

    January 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I loved to taste the honey and turn the handle to extract the honey πŸ™‚

  10. heloise 6eD France

    January 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Wow! I am afraid of bees and I was very impressed by the beekeeper πŸ™‚

  11. Julie-France 6D

    January 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    The honey was super good and the bees looked really cute!!! πŸ˜€ They were half asleep πŸ™‚

  12. Teva 6eD-France

    January 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Honey at the beginning when I tasted it I got a thrill … sweetness! πŸ˜€

  13. Martin-6emeB

    January 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I liked when we tasted the honey and when I turned the handle of the honey spinner πŸ˜‰

  14. Dorine-France 6D

    January 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I’m afraid of bees, but when it comes to honey, I love them! πŸ˜€

  15. Julie-France 6D

    January 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Honey bees are very active good and we never get in their way! : D

  16. Victor A -FRANCE

    January 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Even if I do not like that, I found that tasted as REAL honey πŸ™‚

  17. Marie-France

    January 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    It is real bio honey without anything added to it, Victor G. πŸ™‚

  18. Odysseus, Ursynek & Georg mobile

    January 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    We would have loved to share that activity with you…instead of honey we’ll have to eat the cookies now as we are still on our way 😦
    Kisses from the rest of the crew πŸ™‚ We already miss you…

  19. Marc 13

    January 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Hm , I like honey but what are you doing with it ? Do you sell it in the school ?

  20. Marine - France 6e B

    January 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    The honey was delicious THANK YOU BEES!!!!!!!!

  21. Bleuenn

    January 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I liked the honey because it was delicious and the smell was good πŸ™‚

  22. Marie-France

    January 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Yes, we will Marc.


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