Busy as a Bee

16 Sep

This song is very fitting for one little “busy bee” at my preschool.  I think Bumble would be a fitting name.

Bumble is one of my students.  Bumble is very young and very cute.  Bumble flies from one activity to the next.  Standing in line to wait for something is absolute torture.  Bumble would rather move on to something else and come back later, when the activity might not be so busy.  Persistance is not a strength for Bumble; if an activity is too hard, the flight to something new solves the problem.  Bumble’s flight pattern around the room is erratic and hard to follow, but Bumble will follow the other bees, if the rewards are quick and easy.  Bumble is also lacking social skills of any kind, and is often too quick to “sting” someone to get their attention.  I don’t want the other children to develop an aversion to Bumble, but it is going to happen if the social skills aren’t quickly learned and the stinging continues.  So I’ve been spending a lot of one on one time with Bumble, and finding that Bumble can learn these skills.  Bumble likes to spend time with me, but once my attention is diverted the stinging and erratic flight patterns resume.  Bumble needs to learn that all the bees in the hive need to work together, and it may take all year to teach that. 

Mrs. V


12 Responses to “Busy as a Bee”

  1. RC September 16, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    Good luck to you and Bumble!

  2. Little old me September 17, 2008 at 5:09 am #

    Bumble sounds like fun!

  3. writerchick September 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm #

    I love Dance of the Bumblebee – although sounds like your little bumblebee is quite a handful. Maybe you could give him a responsiblity in the classroom that would make him feel needed or important and use up some of that extra energy.

  4. Mrs. Hall September 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    Wow. I can’t commend you enough for what you do.

    It is amazing.

    This is coming from a parent with two little ones. Both who attended pre-school.

    Seriously, you deserve combat pay.


    Mrs. Hall

  5. Julie September 18, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    You must have the patience of a saint! … Good luck to you and Bumble! 🙂

  6. Lori September 19, 2008 at 9:32 am #

    I have a student just like that, I love your analogy and I am encouraged by your post. Good luck to you!! ((BIG HUGS))!!

  7. kiri8 September 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    Great story. I can picture her (him?) perfectly. I look forward to reading more about Bumble as the year goes on. You WILL have success, I know it.

  8. debra September 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm #

    I know your hard work will pay off with Bumble. What a lucky little bee! 🙂

  9. michaelm September 24, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    Oh, MrsV,
    I’ve no idea how you do this job without an ample supply of duct tape. J
    esus Krispies.
    I work with a trombone player that will occasionally entertain us with his version of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’
    He usually stops when I tear a chest muscle from laughing too hard.
    God bless you, kiddo, God bless you

  10. mrsvierkant September 25, 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    ~m: I know someone who said that all you need for parenting is duct tape and electric fencing. I’m thinking it is also true for teaching. 😉

    Debra: He tries my patience, but I know in my heart that he needs to learn.

    kiri: I hope he gets it, I really do!

    Lori: Good luck with your student too!

    Annie: It was the song I immediately thought of when I watched him in action. Very fitting for him, LOL.

    Little Old Me: He is really sweet, when he wants to cooperate.

    RC: Thanks much!

  11. Daisy September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm #

    Mrs. V.

    Help me with my Bumble!

    Okay, he’s not quite the same but I do not understand why he ‘stings’ his friends and other children. He gets frustrated and in frustration will sting – it seems I’ve tried everything.. I’ve given him tons of positive when it doesn’t happen, I’ve even resorted to negative and taking away his favourite things like TV, and play with neighbours.. what to do, what to do? We consistently remind him to use his words, and that stinging is unacceptable and he understands that. However, just because he understands, doesn’t mean he does it… help?



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