Friday, August 21, 2015

Science-Based Art Classes Cancelled for 2015-2016

Since I have been hired by IDEA as a full-time contact teacher, I will not be teaching Science-Based Art classes this year. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. I will continue to be an active member of the homeschool community in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Matrimony & Caging Queens

Hi Folks, Since my daughter got married last week I have neglected to blog for several weeks.
I will be caging queens tomorrow (8-6-15) if weather allows. The window for caging queens is now through the middle of Aug. depending on when you want to extract honey. Remember, it takes 21 days for worker brood to hatch out and 24 days for drones so 21-24 days after you cage your queen your hive will have no more eggs, larva or pupa and extraction is much cleaner and easier.  This has been a much better season than 2014 thanks to warmer weather. Most honey is darker this season, which I contribute to a shortage of rain in early to mid-summer. This decreases the amount of nectar flowers can produce (such as fireweed). When I cage my queens, I put a cork back in the queen cage hole and stick a thin piece of duct tape over the cork to discourage any royal Houdini tricks. Then I hang the queen cage in the middle of the hive between two frames ensuring the screen is not facing the foundation. I want to keep my caged queen alive as long as possible so the workers won't try as hard to create another queen. The screen of the queen cage must be facing open space between the frames.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Now Accepting Students for Fall 2015

Science-Based Art is now accepting students for the 2015 -2016 school year! To save your child's space, email Dawn Cogan at Your child's name, grade and class title will be necessary. Space is limited (8 students per class) and available on a first come, first serve basis. Click on class titles above to view syllabus information.

2015 Class Schedule:

Literature-Based Art & Writing (Mon. 10 am-12 pm) 1st -3rd grades
Soar through the Solar System (Mon. 2:30 - 4:30 pm) 3rd - 8th grades

Scientific Method (Tues. 10 am-12 pm)
Beginning/Intermediate Art (Tues. 3-5 pm)

Animal Kingdom (Wed. 10 am-12 pm)  2nd - 4th grades
Creative Essay Writing (Wed 1-3 pm) 4th - 8th grades
Marine Marvels (Wed. 3:30-5:30 pm) 2nd - 4th grades

Animal Kingdom (Thurs. 10 am-12 pm)  2nd - 4th grades
Marine Marvels (Thurs. 1-3 pm) 2nd - 4th grades

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Adding Supers!

Hi Folks, I am adding my supers a bit early this season for three reasons:
1) Raspberries and fireweed have bloomed early this year and are prolific.
2) When checking my hives yesterday I discovered multiple honey frames in the top box already.
3) My queens need more space as most frames have eggs, larvae, pupae, or honey in them.

This is promising to be a great honey season despite all the smoke!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Help for the Bees During the Heat

One way to help the bees keep their hives cooler is to place a 10-penny nail diagonally across the two front corners of the hive. I have done several hive checks in the past week and found that people haven't placed an entrance in their inner cover. This causes poor ventilation and doesn't allow the bees to enter and exit the hive from the top, cutting down on productivity.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bee Space!!

This week I found my own hives as well as several others I looked at packed with bees so I added more space by putting a super on. My hunch is that the honey flow will be early this year as some plants are flowering sooner than usual such as the raspberries.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Slow Brood Process During Colder Weather

Several new beekeepers have emailed or called stating they have noticed a decrease of brood activity in their colonies. This is very highly likely because of the cooler weather we've had. Queens slow down in cooler weather. If anyone needs a new queen you can call Monte at  (907)490-3126. I am out of queens for the season. Another option is to go to:
You can order a queen and have it express mailed up to Alaska. This company comes highly recommended by Steve Victors. I'm looking forward to warmer weather and blue skies next week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Camps 2015

Each camp is Monday through Friday. Students need to bring a sack lunch, rain gear and a light summer jacket. Two healthy snacks will be provided each day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).
Cost: $350 - All materials are included!

2nd-4th Grades:
June 1st – 5th, 2015: Botany, Bugs, and Birds (9 am-5pm)
(one space available)
Students will enjoy a full day of music, literature-based art, and explorations through math and science. Curiosity will abound as we bring the classroom into the outdoors.

5th - 6th Grades:
June 8th-12th, 2015: Backyard Science (9 am-5pm)
(four spaces available)
Fifth and sixth graders will become expert junior scientists as they use the scientific method to explore and experiment with scientific phenomenon.

7th - 12th Grades:
June 15th – 19th, 2015: Creative Writing Photography (9 am-5pm)
(five spaces available)
Junior High and High School Students will be inspired in creative writing and take photos to create art from their own photographs. This week will be full of creative writing, photography tips, and fine art.

2nd-4th Grades: 
June 22nd –26th, 2015: Botany, Bugs, and Birds (9 am-5pm)
(This camp is now full. Students registered after 11AM on 5/14/15 will be placed on a wait list)
Students will enjoy five full days of music, literature-based art, and explorations through math and science. Curiosity will abound as we bring the classroom into the outdoors.

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