Spring Banner

April 2011 Newsletter

In This Issue
Advertise with Little Acorn
Spring Childcare Menu
April Enrichment Guide
Bedtime Verse
Little Acorn is Hiring
Free Rainbow Ebook!
Tiny Worm Fingerplay
Indoor Worm Habitat
Caregiver Meditation
Elemental Nature Space
April Featured Sponsor
April Sponsors
Oak Trees Fingerplay
Sowing Seeds Circle Game
The Fairy Queen's Party

Join Our Mailing List!

 acorn hands

Be sure you and all of your friends are on our mailing list to receive special offers, FREE lessons, verses, songs, recipes and much more! 

Advertise Your Business In Our 
 Contact Us 
for Inexpensive
and Effective Advertising in
Our Monthly Newsletters!

spring menu   
This menu is a five day per week menu (breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack) set up so as to use the daily grains specified by Rudolf Steiner and widely used in Waldorf Kindergartens and homes the world over.

Check Out Our *NEW* April Enrichment Guide for Afterschoolers, Homeschoolers, Teachers and Childcare Providers!

April Moss Bowl
Over 100 Pages of Amazing Seasonal Ideas to Celebrate April with Your Children.
Add extra songs/verses, recipes, stories, crafts, activities and Caregiver Inner Work Activities to your lessons or afterschool schedule.
For a more structured lesson plan, try our April 3 Day or April 5 Day Monthly Lesson Plan Guide!

man in the moon


The Man in the Moon looked out of the moon,

  Looked out of the moon and said,

"'Tis time for all children, on the earth
  To think about getting to bed!"

acorn hand
Little Acorn Learning is Hiring!
Bloggers, Crafters, Writers, Cooks, Homemakers, Teachers all Welcome to Submit Pieces for our Spring Guides.  We Pay for Accepted Submissions!  Craft Tutorials, Lessons, Recipes, Songs, Verses, Stories and Caregiver Meditations/Practices
 All Welcome!  Please send letter of inquiry along with writing samples (blogs and websites ok) to eileen@littleacor
'Rainbows, Creating Colors'

*FREE* Ebook

from Little Acorn Learning!

As a Gift to Those of You New to Little
Acorn Learning - We are Giving Away
a FREE Spring Gift from our March
Enrichment Guide!  This free download
is the entire Week Five of our March
Enrichment Book (23 Pages!) giving
you a taste of our offerings and
helping you to celebrate the coming of
Spring in your Home or School!  

Download the Free Ebook


Tiny, Tiny Worm
A tiny, tiny worm
(wiggle index finger like a worm)

Wiggled along like this

Without a sound

It came to a tiny hole
(make circle with your thumb and index finger)

A tiny hole in the ground

It wiggled right inside

Without a sound
(wiggle finger up baby's arm and tickle)


Indoor Worm Habitat


Supplies Needed:

Gravel or Pebbles

Fish Tank or Large Clear Container

Potting Soil

Dry Leaves

Earthworms (from outside - have fun digging!)


Fill base of container with gravel.  Have children help you add a mix of potting soil and dry leaves to top.  Gently add your earthworms to your container.  Have children chart the earthworms' habits over the next few days.  Add a bit of water to the container and have the children watch the earthworms migrate toward the water.  Be sure not to keep them very long, just long enough to learn and then gently place them back outside where they belong. 



Caregiver Meditation


"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." 

~ Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin, co-founder of Earth Day


Making wise choices for our planet now, even though the result may not directly benefit you, is the ultimate way to send love back to the life force that sustains and provides for you. The future of our earth is in your hands. What can you do today to make it a beautiful place for future generations?


Elemental Nature Space


Add the four elements to your nature space with the children to celebrate the Earth.  Following are some ideas for each of them:


Earth:  A small bowl of soil from your garden, a potted plant, brown or tan silks, a rock, moss or root


Air:  A handmade pinwheel, a small hand fan, a white silk hanging above your nature space, a watercolor painting of 'the wind', a whistle or kite


Water:  A small pan of water, jar of rainbow water, blue silk, a small fish tank or tiny umbrella


Fire:  Beeswax candle, red or orange tissue paper in a cup, red or orange silks, jar of red beads or incense




Little Seeds
by Else Holmelund Minarik

 little seeds

Little seeds we sow in spring growing while the robins sing,


give us carrots, peas and beans, tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and greens.

And we pick them,one and all, through the summer, through the fall,

Winter comes, then spring, and then

little seeds we sow again.

Little Acorn Learning

April Featured Sponsor


Little Acorn Workshop 

100% Natural Pine Playstands
Give Your Child a Gift that Will Last a Lifetime!


Solid, Sturdy and Affordable
Handmade by a Connecticut Craftsman
Assembly Required

Little Acorn Learning - April Sponsors

homemusicmakingsyrendelljump into a book button

Oak Trees Fingerplay

oak tree

This is an acorn so smooth and so brown,

(Make small circle with fingers)

Which from a great oak tree came rattling down.

(tap fingers on desk or table)


 Now it is hiding deep down in the grass,

(hide head into hands)

Waiting for ice-time and snow-time to pass.
Here are some baby oaks trying to grow,
(raise head up - point pointers up straight)


Here are young saplings all placed in a row,
(raise other fingers and arms up straight)


These are tall oak trees in red leaves and brown,
(stand up straight and extend arms like tree)


 Hear how their acorns come rattling down.
(sit down and tap fingers briskly on desk or table)

Sowing Seeds Circle Game


The following game can be added to your circle time  - let children act out the various movements and gestures after you share each verse:


First we'll plough and rake the field

Smooth the ground for harvest yield.

(Ploughing.-Let children tug, guide, push, turn corners, whoa, click, etc., good shoulder and back movements. Smooth ground with hands.)


Then dig the ditches long and deep,

And pile the bank up high and steep;

(Digging.-Place foot on shovel, push, stoop, throw, etc., up and down

through aisles or furniture.)


Now scatter seed from side to side,

Across the field, out far and wide,

(Sewing.-To right, left with both

hands alternating, through aisles or furniture; free,

broad shoulder movements; arm swung

outward, shoulder high.)


Open the gates, pour water in

To cover the shoots so tender and green.

(Opening Gates.-Pushing slowly and steadily downward-count-I, 2, 3; repeat four times.)


Upon the banks now let us walk

And see how grows each tiny stalk.

(Walking on Banks.-Through aisles and furniture, around the room, arms back of head, looking from side to side.)


When these have grown up high, just so

The water back to the pond must go.


When water and sun have done their best

Then comes our turn to do the rest.


With sickle sharp, then, row on row.

All around the field we mow.

(Mowing with Sickle.-Stoop, give sharp clip with right arm, through one aisle; repeat with left arm.)


The sheaves now bind and shock the grain

To save from storm and wind and rain;

(Binding.-Stoop, twist, throw; repeat.)


Then to the barn, not one will fail,

To thresh it out with swinging flail.

(Threshing.-Two rows of children flail together, alternating down stroke.  Good shoulder and back movement.) 


Our bags we now will quickly fill,

Then hasten to the busy mill.

(Fill Sacks.-Lift, carry on back to boat, bend under sense of weight.)


Here in the mortars shake and pound

The-husks from off the seed around;

Then fans will blow the chaff away,

And here is rice for lunch today.

(Milling.-Turning wheels, pounding in mortar, blowing or fanning chaff.  Insist on good realistic work, making the movements strong, yet rhythmically reactionary.)

The Fairy Queen's Party

 April Fairy

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird had been South all Winter, and just returned to their Summer home in the North.

 They had chosen for their home this year a beautiful old garden with a great many nice trees, and flower beds which, when the weather was a little warmer, would be full of bright blossoms.

Running through this garden was a dear, happy little brook, with shining white pebbles in the bottom; and the water was so clear that Mrs. Bluebird decided at once that this was the very best spot which could be chosen for them to build their nest and begin housekeeping.

"Yes," said Mrs. Bluebird, "I never before have seen such a beautiful place for a house. This old cherry tree is so large, and some of the branches hang right over the brook; so that every morning we can just fly down and take a bath before we go for our breakfast."

Mr. Bluebird was very glad to see Mrs. Bluebird so happy and so well pleased with everything in the old garden. "But," said he, "we must not waste any time; we will fly around and look sharply to find material for our little nest." So they flew away, one to one side of the garden, and one to the other, but never staying far apart for any length of time.

Suddenly Mr. Bluebird came flying down beside Mrs. Bluebird, saying: "Oh, my dear, you can't think of the surprise I have for you! Come right over here with me."

"What is it?" said Mrs. Bluebird, very much excited; "do tell me what it is."

"It is some old friends of yours," said Mr. Bluebird; "but I don't want to tell you about them. Please come right away, for I know you will be glad to see them."

So she followed Mr. Bluebird, who went down behind a large willow tree which grew by the side of the brook, and there to her surprise and delight she found six dear little fairies.

Now Mrs. Bluebird was very fond of the fairies, for she had known them the year before, and they had become the best of friends.

"We're so glad to see you!" said Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird; "but why do you look so sad and so unhappy?"

"Well," said the fairies, "we are unhappy, but we are glad to see you, and your singing has cheered us wonderfully; still it does not help our trouble any."

"Why, what can be the matter? Tell us all about it," said the birds; "perhaps we can help you."

"Well, if you have time to listen we will tell you," said the fairies; "but we doubt if you can do anything to help us. There is one person that we little fairies love better than anyone else in the world, and who also loves us very dearly; and this is the Queen of the fairies. She takes care of us all through the Winter and Spring, Summer and Fall, and is just the dearest and loveliest queen that ever was. She gives us our dresses, and teaches us how to keep them nice and tidy. She tells us how to help other people, and do things to make them happy; but this is very easy, for she herself is always doing some kind act; and if we watch her we can see just how to do it ourselves."

"Well, well," said Mr. Bluebird, "this is funny. Why are you so unhappy then?"

"Wait," said the fairies; "we haven't come to the unhappy part yet. Every year, just at this time, our queen gives a party to welcome back the Spring. It is at this party that we get our new dresses; and we may choose any color we like. This year we six made a nice plan that we would be rainbow fairies, for we know that the queen is very fond of the rainbow. Now we will tell you how we get our dresses. We each find a flower that is just the color we want our dress to be, and when the day for the party comes, we each take our flower to the queen; she dips it in the brook and then sprinkles the water over .us, and our dress becomes just like the flower. After this we say "Thank you," very politely, and we each lay our flower in her lap. When all our dresses are changed and all the flowers in the queen's lap, she takes the flowers and puts them in a large basket, and we all make a circle and dance around them. Then the queen tells us all about places we may go, and kind things we can do all through the long Summer; she tells us stories and plays games with us, and - oh, we do have such a lovely time!" 

"Oh, dear!" said one of the fairies, "we almost forgot to say that the queen always invites the birds to come and sing, and be happy with us."

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird had listened very quietly while the fairies had been telling their story, and now they said: "Well, that must be perfectly delightful; but you have not told us yet why you are so very sad."

"We're just coming to that," said the fairies.

 Our trouble is this: You know we have had such a cold Winter, and Jack Frost has stayed so late, that we are afraid we cannot get any flowers." 

"Ah," said Mr. Bluebird, "this does seem rather serious; just let me think a few moments." He put his little head on one side and looked very wise, and Mrs. Bluebird whispered to the fairies: "He will do all he possibly can to get the flowers for you. He is very wise, and I am sure can think- of some way out of the difficulty."

 After Mr. Bluebird had thought for some time he said that he would do his best, but that no time must be lost. So he called Mrs. Bluebird,- for they always went together,- and away they flew, leaving the fairies a little comforted, but not knowing just what the birds were going to do.

First they flew to the flower bed where the hyacinths grew, and Mr. Bluebird knocked on the ground with his bill - tap-tap! "Aren't you awake. Hyacinth? Don't you want to go to the Fairy Queen's party?"

"Yes," sleepily answered Hyacinth; "but the covers on my bed are so heavy that I can't lift them off; and my little green leaves are so tender that unless our dear old friend Mr. Sun is shining very warmly, I am afraid I cannot come out in some time."

"Well, well, something must be done about this. My dear," said Mr. Bluebird to his wife, "will you please go around and wake up Crocus and Daffodil and Violet and the Ferns, and tell them that if they want to go to the Fairy Queen's party they must be ready to come out in a hurry? I will go and ask the friendly clouds and the kind old sun if they will help us to make this year's fairy party a grand success."

Mrs. Bluebird was very glad to do her part, so she started out and knocked - tap-tap! - at the doors of all the different flower families. They all said they were ready to come, if the sun and rain would help them to throw off their Winter covers.

While Mrs. Bluebird was busy with her part of the work,Mr. Bluebird asked the clouds if they would be kind enough to send a little nice, warm rain to soften the hard earth and make it easy for the little flowers to get through. "Yes," said the clouds; "we are willing to do our part, but the sun must go away before we can send the rain."

"Oh, no," said Mr. Bluebird; "if all you little clouds come together, you can make one big cloud, which will hide the sun, and then when the rain is over, all the little clouds can separate, and the sun can shine warmly and brightly and help the little flowers to grow."

Mr. Wind had been listening to this conversation, apd he thought to himself, "Now I think I can help a little here." So he very gently blew all the little clouds together, and very soon a nice, gentle rain was coming down all over the old garden.

The little seeds and bulbs in the ground thought that their covers began to feel lighter, as one by one they all began to poke their little heads out to see if they had better get up and dress themselves for the queen's party, of which the Bluebirds had told them.

When they looked out they saw that the sun was shining warmly and brightly; for after the rain was over, Mr. Wind had come again and blown the clouds, so that Mr. Sun could have his turn to help.

The sun kept shining and the flowers kept growing, so that when the day for the party arrived, the little fairies were very happy. The flowers were standing up so straight, not minding if it was a little bit chilly; for they knew it would soon be warmer, and besides, they were going to the party, and the flowers as well as the fairies loved the Fairy Queen, for she touched them so gently and tenderly; and they loved to lie in her lap and have her smile down on them.

Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird occupied a prominent place, and sang their sweetest songs.

Everything was just as the six little rainbow fairies had told them; and how proud they were to see red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple come one after the other with their flowers, and then see the queen dip the flowers in the brook and sprinkle each one, changing their dull brown Winter coat to a beautiful dress exactly like the flower! Then the queen kissed them, and each one laid her flower in the queen's lap, and gayly danced back to her place in the fairy circle.

This was a happy day for all the birds and flowers and fairies; but the very happiest of all were Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird, who did so much to make the queen's party a success.


Contact Us
Little Acorn Learning