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We are continuing our study of Brazil, the Rain Forest, and the animals found therein.  This morning we went for hike in the Amazon jungle, and imagined Jaguars napping in trees, kinkajous and monkeys hanging from trees, and the cobra and pythons watching from the trees rooftops. Our color by number continues, as does our discussion of many interesting facts about Brazil. We read Brazil ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Brazil by David Seidman. We also practiced patterns (with numbers as in counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s, and game of SCAN with colors and shapes.

Our reading of Hugo Cabret continues.

Books We Read:

Brazil ABCs: A Book about the People and Places of Brazil by David Seidman.

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Today we celebrated May Day, the ancient pagan holiday of celebrating the awakening earth. We donned our capes, washed our faces in the morning dew (not much dew this morning, so it was enhanced by our own well water), and set off with sunflowers and raisins to feed the faeries. Upon our return, we sat at the fire circle and I told them the story of the Faerie’s Gift (see Mary Alice and Peter Amidon’s CD of the same name). In this story, a poor woodcutter lives with his wife and again parents, and each member of the family has their own wish (for a child, for sight, and for gold). When the woodcutter saves a faerie man’s life, he is given a ball of light—a wish—and he becomes confused by the competing demands of his family members. There is a wonderful singing part of it that the friends learned—ask them to teach it to you!

We also read two stories from The Magical World of Fairies by Nicola Baxter (The Butterfly Babies and The Blossom Ball). We each chose a faerie name, and called each other by it, as often as we remembered:

Charlotte: Sap

Kate D.: Bleeding Heart

Kate O’: Rosebud

Rhiannon: River

Stella: Buttercup

Sydney: Red Crocus

Zoe: Snowdrop

We danced around the Maypole in our capes and crowns, and sang a sweet song about the celebration of spring. Next Friday we will dance for Ruth at her home after we share lunch. We began our color-by-number project of the toucan, a beautiful rainforest bird.

Books We Read:

“The Butterfly Babies” in The Magical World of Fairies by Nicola Baxter

“The Blossom Ball” in The Magical World of Fairies by Nicola Baxter

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