Historical events and fun news items:
336 Saint Mark elected Catholic Pope.
1535 Lima, Peru founded by Francisco Pizarro.
1671 Henry Morgan captures Panama.
1896 The first X-ray machine is demonstrated
1911 First aircraft landing on a ship made by Eugene Ely
1912 South Pole Scott Jan. 18th, 1912 : British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, had preceded them by just over a month.
1997 First To Cross Antarctica Jan. 18th, 1997 : Norwegian explorer Boerge Ousland became the first to cross the Antarctic alone after traveling for 64 days by skis or on foot.
1782 Daniel Webster
(American Politician and
1882 A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh Author)
1904 Cary Grant
1955 Kevin Costner (Actor)
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Wonderopolis, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday lifeones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
Wonder is for everyone. It can happen anywhere and at anytime. Connecting the learning we do in our schools, our homes, and our communities, Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, we pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways.You can find Wonderopolis in the Database at Houston Public Library or click on the link and find out why BEES BUZZ.
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Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, and Kanga with little Roo in her pocketthese are some of the best-loved characters in childrens literature.
They began as stuffed toy animals that belonged to a boy named Christopher Robin. They came to life in the imagination of the boys father, the writer A. A. Milne.
Alan Alexander Milne was born in London on January 18, 1882. His father, who was headmaster of a small private school, often read aloud to his three sons, Barry, Ken, and Alan.
Milne was very good at mathematics when he was a boy. Later, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, to study that subject. But he soon became more interested in writing.
Milne served in the army in World War I. After the war, he began to write plays, many of which are still performed.
The best known is Mr. Pim Passes By (1919). He wrote other works for adultsnovels, essays, and his autobiography, Its Too Late Now (1939). The Red House Mystery (1921), a detective novel, is still popular. So is Toad of Toad Hall (1929), his play based on Kenneth Grahames Wind in the Willows. But it was poems and stories for children that made him famous.
Christopher Robinor Billy Moon, as he called himselfwas born in 1920. One day Milne wrote a poem about him called Vespers and gave it to his wife as a present. She sent the poem to a magazine, and it was published. Milne wrote more poems, which were published in two books, When We Were Very Young (1924) and Now We are Six (1927).
In 1925, the Milnes bought a farmhouse in Sussex. This enchanted place on the top of the Forest was the setting for Milnes stories about Christopher Robin and Pooh. Other toy animals, as well as creatures of the forest, joined in the adventures described in Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928).A. A. Milne had a special talent for presenting small children as they are.
He takes us into their private world of make-believe and funny wordsof wheezles and sneezles, haycorns, expotitions, and biffalo-buffalo-bisons. All the pictures in the Christopher Robin books were drawn by the well-known artist Ernest H. Shepard. His tiny pen-and-ink figures exactly capture the mood of the books.
A. A. Milne died on January 31, 1956. Pooh, Piglet, and the others now live at the New York Public Library
First and foremost, ask your child to take a deep breath.
This can be a great way to help create a moment of pause to help release tension. Breathing with your child can be even more effective, especially when it is also fun.
Bees Breath is a wonderful way to facilitate this.
Sit on your knees inhale and elongate your spine with your arms back.
Exhale and lower your forehead toward the ground as you buzz like a bee all the way down.
Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
Chewy Honey Bars
Ingredients1/2 cup (125 ml) Liquid Honey 1/2 cup (125 ml) Lime Juice 4 cups Sliced Fruit (a combination of berries, apples, melon, etc.) Pinch Nutmeg or Cinnamon
DirectionsIn blender or food processor, combine honey, juice and seasoning; blend until smooth. In medium bowl, toss fruit with dressing and chill until ready to serve.
Ingredients2 1/4 cups Old-fashioned oats 1 1/2 cups Crispy rice cereal 1 cup Unsalted roasted peanuts 1 cup Raisins 2/3 cups Light brown sugar 1/2 cup liquid honey 6 tbsps Unsalted butter 1/4 cup Smooth peanut butter 1 tbsp Vanilla extract 1 tsp Salt
DirectionsLine the base of a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper and spray generously with cooking spray.In a large bowl combine the oats, crispy rice, peanuts and raisins; stir to combine. Set aside.
In a large, 2-quart saucepan combine the brown sugar, honey, butter, peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, over medium-high heat, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees on a candy thermometer. Immediately pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture, stirring until all of the dry ingredients are coated.Transfer the bar mixture to the prepared pan and press into place using your hands. Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.To serve, cut into half lengthwise; then horizontally into twelve 2-inch bars.
80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
Honey bees have five eyes
Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years
A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tuts tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.
Drones have no stinger. They do no real work. Their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens.
The area now comprising Israel and the Palestine autonomous region is often referred to as the land of milk and honey. (Exodus 3:8)
German peasants were required to give their feudal lords a payment of honey and beeswax.
Europeans brought the European Honeybee to America in 1638. The Native Americans referred to the honeybee as the White Mans Flies, because wild swarms always preceded the arrival of the white man.
Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb. of honey.
Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb. of honey.
On average a worker bee will make 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honey bee flying once around the world.
Honey bees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.
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