“A Gift From Them, to Us.”
April 2, 2017
By: Emma A. Ramirez
At La Comunidad de Niños Unidos
Jim, a neighbor and member of the community, is a Bee Keeper who was invited to our school to share his knowledge about bees. He was prepared with plenty of pictures and fruit to share with the children. The children were aware that Jim the Bee Keeper would be coming to the Community school and prepared a few questions prior to the presentation. As Jim walked in, Kaicee greeted him “Good morning Jim!” The children sat and were eager to listen to what Jim had to say. They were mesmerized with the pictures of bees and became more curious. He was full of valuable and interesting information. Theorist Lev Vygotsky stresses the importance of scaffolding the children’s behavior. In this case Jim was scaffolding and supporting the children in how to respect and not be afraid of bees. Being exposed to such experiences is extremely vital in the future of our children and our earth. It is important for them to make a connection with nature and appreciate it. Although connecting to nature was a key point in this presentation, the connection they made with Jim was crucial. The children now have a known resource in their own community to continue learning from. During our presentation we learned how hard bees work to produce honey and how they must work as a team to complete each ones tasks. Just like the bees, our community will continue to work together, help each other and learn from one another.
(Note: Jim Honodel is a beekeeper and member of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Thank you, Emma, for this lovely remembrance of a fun day talking about bees.)