Chances are, when you meet someone for the first time, you’ve asked this question at least once “What do you do for a living?”
When I respond “I’m the Bee Mama,” I receive a number of blank stares and confused expressions. People aren’t sure that I said what I said, and even if they are, they sure don’t know what I mean. I confess, I do that on purpose, so that people will ask me what I do, as The Bee Mama.
So if you’re more than just a little confused, when you first come across this site, and aren’t sure what it (and I) am all about, I’ll give you my short “elevator pitch.”
I create curriculum based programs to help children, grades K to 9, to understand their connections to pollinators. These programs have been created to meet the benchmarks set out by the Canadian School curriculum (as well as for the American School curriculum) for the science programs for children K-9. They can be used by educators, home schooling parents, youth club leaders, Sunday school leaders, or for any club of people who are young or young at heart.
The programs include arts and crafts, games, activities and lessons, which can be dropped right into the present science curriculum, without any stress or fuss.
What made me decide to do this for a living? That’s easy.
I have been writing for children and young adults for many years. I have been published in international children’s magazines such as Highlights for Children,and Explore (from Australia) as well as many lesser-known magazines for children and young adults here in Canada (YES, Zamoof!, Kayak, R,E.A.L,GirlWorks,BC Parent) and in the USA (Pack-O-Fun, Fun For Kids, Moo Cow Fan Club) and many others. I love writing for children and young adults. I love how I get to play with words and get kids excited about something that excites me.
For many years, while living in British Columbia, our family kept mason bees. For those seven years, our backyard became a haven for not just mason bees, but also many other pollinators. It was beautiful, and our food crops were abundant. But when we moved to Ontario in 2013, we had to leave our bees behind. The intense heat in the back of the moving truck would have sizzled their tiny bodies into bee popcorn. Alternately, they might have frozen in the luggage compartment in the airplane. Either way, our bees remained in BC, and we made our move back East to Ontario. I was really upset about having to leave them behind.
Then I remembered just how much I loved writing for children (something I had gotten out of for a period of time, while making money as a ghostwriter and freelance writer), particularly about something that I am so passionate about. I decided to take my skills (writing for children) and turn them to creating engaging science curriculum for children, specifically relating to bees, pollinators, pollination and the environment. The Bee Mama was born!
In the next few weeks and months, you’ll be seeing a lot more about these special programs for children. I’ll be sharing information to help educators fill their required science in the classroom time with activities that will make the children laugh, play and get excited about science and nature, and their connection to bees and pollinators! If this is of interest to you, stay tuned. More fun is coming soon!