Not your normal pets
Here is another reason I love homeschooling – about two years ago Liam became really interested in bees. We read many, many bee books from the library and had many, many discussions about bees and life as a bee. Last Christmas Liam received a unique gift – a bee house and six mason bee cocoons. A fun chance to have an up close and hands on experience with something he is so very interested in. Our bee cocoons lived all winter in our fridge, until one April day when we noticed one had hatched inside the container. The instructions had said to wait until the fruit trees were 1/3 in bloom before putting the cocoons outside in their bee house to hatch but our bees decided not to wait. Being from BC they thought it should be spring already!
Mason bees have no stinger and help to pollinate plants. Here we put out a little bottle cap of sugar water for our friends, since the late spring this past year had little blooming when we set them outside in their cute little house. Many hours were spent this spring, summer and fall observing our hard-working friends. We hoped they would survive snow, freezing temperatures, a move and a very cool and rainy summer. Like many of our outdoor pursuits this involves conversation about how creative God is to make such amazing, beautiful, diverse living things.
Last week the time came to bring our bee house in for the winter and see how many larvae had been laid over the summer. We opened up the bee house and discovered 41 baby bees growing in there! There was great excitement and many phone calls to spread the news that Liam and Raine were the proud ‘parents’ of many baby bees. (Another fun thing about mason bees is you can give bee cocoons to your friends for them to start their own little bee families – six is all it takes to start a nice little house up.)
I so appreciate the time that homeschooling allows us to freely pursue our kids interests – I know this is something we could do even if Liam went to school, but frankly I don’t think we would. Having lots of time to explore really allows us to pursue passions in ways we may not have the energy or intention to do otherwise. I also love seeing my boy get to learn about what he loves – after all this is what I want for him as a grown-up – to serve God by doing something he is passionate about.