The class had learned about the function of beeswax in the hive, but today, they worked with beeswax to make lip balm! They learned the ingredients used in Freebird Farm's own lip balm recipe, and they were able to see why beeswax is used as a hardening agent. I don't think the students expected it to be so firm! As each child filled his or her lip balm tube, we talked added in a little science discussion. The class learned that matter can be in three different forms: solid, liquid, and gas. We compared the melting point of beeswax to other commonly used oils, and the students were fascinated to see how quickly it all hardened as it cooled!
The classes both finished the story, The Bee Man of Orn. There were so many wonderful lessons in this book! We used this story to talk about how you cannot truly know someone just based on the way that they look. You definitely cannot judge a book by its cover! We also talked about how sometimes those who have the least are actually the happiest and most fulfilled. Although long, this book provided us with so much excellent discussion not just about bees, but about life!
We celebrated Valentine's Day a little early, as we will not be back in class until Feb. 22nd. We'll see you then for our next workshop on all sorts of poultry!
We had expected our does to kid during this workshop, but it seems the baby goats are taking their sweet time! Hopefully, they will be here and ready to PLAY by our next workshop!