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This week’s theme is bears. Our “Growing Minds Day by Day” educational resource lists are designed for families and educators to use during COVID-19 and beyond. 

Students at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School in Henderson County, NC, celebrated Get Local @ School apple month this February by inviting Chef Matthew Linebeck from Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn to come and teach them how to make delicious apple recipes.


Students learn about communication by exploring honey bees and comparing them to other insects and animals.


Buzz along with Sally, Nick, and The Cat in The Hat as they join the Buzzoo Hive bees in the honey making dance!

In Laurie Krebs’s first book, she writes the tale of a loving Grandfather (known around town as the Beeman) passing on wisdom to his young granddaughter about his beloved bees, beekeeping, and, of course, honey.  Young readers will enjoy learning about the roles both bees and humans play in the making of the syrupy and sweet treat we all love.

This sweet story depicts the life of Fred, his dog named Copper, his cat named Cat, and his large family of honeybees.  Every morning, Fred climbs the stairs up to the roof where he lets his worker bees out to fly over Brooklyn and collect sweet nectar from different flowers, and then puts them to bed in their hives when their stomachs are full.  Young readers will enjoy reading about Fred’s genuine appreciation of his beloved bees and learning about the different roles both humans and bees play in the delicious honey-making process.