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May 2010 Newsletter

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Caregiver Meditation
The Bee Hive Fingerplay
Roasted Chickpeas
Full Flower Moon
Story: The Queen Bee
Butterfly Hatchery
Little Felt Bees
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"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive"


Our society screams at us to "get ahead", "move forward", "win" and

"succeed". What does true success in life really mean to you?


Success in life is to love and be loved, to make a difference in this world, to appreciate your gifts, your talents and the simple every day beauty around you. True success in life is to love and be loved, to make a difference in this world, to appreciate your gifts, your talents and the simple every day beauty around you.

Spend time this week meditating on how often you push yourself to

produce, "succeed" and get ahead in life. Stop and breathe, do an "about turn" if necessary... look at what is already yours.


 Absorb all of it, every grateful and realize that you are already ahead of the game exactly where you are.

 ~taken from Little Acorn Learning May 5 Day Guide

The Bee Hive Fingerplay

~ Miss Poulsson


Here is the bee hive.

(close your hand for the hive)


Where are the Bees?

(make question gesture with other hand)


Hidden away,

Where nobody sees.

(point to the closed hand that is the hive)


Soon they come creeping

Out of the hive,

One, two, three, four, five.

(show each finger accordingly)

Roasted Chickpeas

(nice for a snack)


Soak chickpeas in warm water to cover with 1 T lemon juice or whey added, overnight.  Drain and rinse (or use canned chickpeas, drain and rinse) About two cups 2 T olive oil and Sea Salt to taste

1 teaspoon cumin or

1 teaspoon chili powder or

1 clove mashed garlic


Add oil and spices in a bowl and mix.  Add chickpeas and mix to coat well.  Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes or until golden.


Full Flower Moon
May Moon
The May Full Moon 

is often called the Full Flower Moon due to the

abundance of flowers typically visible this time of year. Other variations

also include the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

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 For this tale, see if you can find three puppets for the sons.  Along the way have: a brown silk laid up into a mound for your ant hill, some birds or stuffed ducks, a beehive (you can use the one you make this week in our May Guide) along with felt bees, an area of stones or rocks for the arrival to the castle and a bunch of

light colored beads or pearls. Bring back the ants to help find the pearls, the ducks to help find the key and one felt bee for the ending.


The Queen Bee

~ A Grimm's Fairy Tale


A king had two sons who were called very clever. Yet they were idle, and never thought of other people's comfort or pleasure. They had a younger brother named Witling, who was quiet and gentle. The two older brothers often laughed at him. "You are too stupid ever to make your way in the world," they said.


One day the three started on a journey together. They had not gone far when they came to an ant hill. "Let us upturn this ant hill," said the oldest brother.  "It will be fun to see the frightened ants running to and fro carrying is their eggs." "No, no," said Witling, "leave the little ants in peace. Why should we frighten them?" They left the ants' hill unharmed, and on they went.


Soon they came to a lake. Many ducks were swimming about on the water. Then the second brother said, "Come, let us kill some of these fine ducks."  "No," said Witling, "Do not kill them. We do not need them for food. So why should we take away their lives? "So they left the ducks swimming about on the lake.


They walked on till they came to a bees' nest in a tree. "Let us kindle a fire," said the oldest brother. "The smoke will keep the bees from stinging us.  Then we can take their honey." But Witling held him back. "Do not

make a fire. Why should we rob the bees of their store? We are not hungry, and we cannot carry the honey with us." Again they listened to his words, though they said, "You are a poor, silly fellow."


On and on they went. At last they came to a great castle. It was of stone,

and all things they saw, even the horses in the stables, were stone.

The brothers went through room after room. They did not see man nor

woman nor child, only stone figures. At last they reached a door, through a hole in which they saw a little, gray man. They called to him once and again. When they called the third time, he rose and came out. He gave them food and showed them a room where they might sleep. But he did not speak one word.


The next morning he showed a stone table on which were written three tasks. These every one who came to the castle must undertake. The first was this: "In the moss around the castle are scattered a thousand pearls. They must all be found in one day. Who-ever does this will free the castle from its spell. Whoever tries and fails will himself be turned to stone at sunset." The oldest brother read these words and began at once to search for the pearls.  He looked all day long. But when sunset came he had found only a hundred.  So he was turned into stone.


The next day the second brother began the search. He began before day, searching by moonlight. But at sunset he had found only two hundred pearls.  So he, too, was changed to stone.


It was now the turn of Witling. He searched and searched, but he found only a handful of the pearls. As the sun was about to set, poor Witling dropped the gems and began to weep. As he wept there came to him the ants whose home he had saved. "Good day, friend Witling," they said. "Once you did us a good turn. Now we will repay you." Here and there through the moss went the little ants. One after another came up with a pearl which it laid before him. Then home they went without waiting for his thanks. 


 In great joy Witling carried the pearls to the castle. Then the old gray man pointed to the stone table. There Witling read the second task. "The key of the princesses' room is under the mud and water of this great lake. It must be found and the door unlocked." "Ah!" thought Witling, "this is a thing I can never do. No man on earth can dive deep enough to find a little key lost in a great lake." He went out and stood beside the lake, and his tears fell into the blue water. Then the ducks that he had saved came swimming to his feet. "Do not be so sad friend Witling," they said. "You saved us. Now it is our time to save you." Down to the bottom of the lake they dived. At last one came up with the key in his beak. Witling took it and unlocked the door of the princesses' room. There they lay, all three fast asleep.


Now the little gray man pointed Witling to his last task, the hardest of all.

"Go into the room where the three princesses lie asleep. They are so much alike that their own mother cannot tell one from another. You must awake the youngest and dearest. Before they went to sleep the oldest ate some sugar, the second a little syrup, and the youngest a spoonful of honey."


But how was Witling to know which had eaten the honey? He stood looking at the princesses. They were as much like one another as his image in the looking-glass was like him. Just then there flew into the room the queen bee of the nest that he had saved. She flew to the king's daughters and buzzed from one to another. Then she began to sip honey from the lips of one.


Thus Witling knew this was the youngest, and he waked her. When she

opened her eyes the castle was freed from its spell. The other princesses

waked, and the horses and men took their own shapes again.


Then the king gave Witling half his kingdom, and his youngest daughter  as bride. The two other brothers married the other princesses. They had

learned from Witling that it is better to be simple and kindhearted than

clever and unkind.


Butterfly Hatchery 

Supplies Needed: 

 Corrugated cardboard box small enough for child to maneuver (with lid or top flap)

Vinyl screen cloth (found in hardware stores)

Cotton roping


Brads or paper fasteners

Self adhesive contact paper

Rubber bands


Masking Tape


Use a razor to cut out square openings on the front and two sides of your box.  Leave about 1-2" wide around the openings.  Stretch screen cloth around the three openings using masking tape to hold.  Cover the inside and outside of the box (not the openings) with contact paper.  Add a brad to the top of the lid and another brad to the back of the box so you can keep the top closed by joining a rubber band around each brad.  Children can decorate their box any way they wish - you may like to print out an extra page of the felt board photos from this week to glue onto your boxes. 


If you are lucky enough to find a cocoon or butterfly during your nature walks, bring it into your box along with a piece of the plant you found it on.  You can put a cotton ball soaked with honey in the cage for food.  Do not keep your butterfly for too long - just a day or so to enjoy. 


Larvae can also be mail ordered and hatched in this box.  Check the internet for sources. 

Little Felt Bees


Supplies Needed:

Yellow Wool Roving

Dish soap

Warm Water

Black Thread

Google Eyes

Sewing Needle & White Thread


Wind wool roving into small ball. Fill a bowl with very warm water and a

few squirts of dish soap. Mix water and soap. Dip ball into the water until it

is saturated through. Press the ball in your hands forming a tight ball until it

is firm and of desired form. Squeeze out and rinse in cool water to get soap

out. Shape in your hands to complete.


Next, take black thread and wrap around small felted ball in a few areas to

create the stripes of your bee. Glue google eyes on the front. Attach thread

to the top of your bee with needle and thread so children can make their bee

'fly' in the air.

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