Today we started with a gratitude circle where we go around the circle and each say something we are grateful for. Then we went to Grandmother Tree to see if she left us a response. We got a letter from her explaining that the only way to defeat the Winter King is to play a special flute carved by the Beaver King which will wake up the Summer Spirits and lift the spell he placed on the land. She said we needed to collect all four parts of the Great Map to find where the Beaver King keeps his flute. She gave us the first part of the map which was the East and she told us she knew of one other part in the North guarded by the Gnomes. We had to follow the mushroom signs to find the Gnome Village. While there, we found a"To Do" note so we helped the Gnomes complete their to do list. We fixed the bridge, swept out their houses, fixed roofs, cleared their trails, washed and hung their little clothes, gave them fire wood and even planted some seeds in their garden box. We didn't find the Northern part of the map but are hoping by helping them they will help us tomorrow. Then we learned about bees. We talked about the different jobs bees have throughout their life and acted out the jobs of a bee as they grow older in life. First, a bee is a Cleaner (cleaning the hive) when born, then a Nurse (taking care of larvae), then a Guard (fighting off predators), then Forager (searching and bringing nectar back to the hive to turn into honey) and a Queen's attendant (keeping the Queen cool and happy). We also talked about why bees are so important to humans and our planet. Then we went with Ms. Melissa to see live bees from her hive in an aquarium and made bees wax candles.
Afterwards, we ate lunch and went to the creek. Some explorers caught water beetles or minnows while others swung on the vine or searched for quartz rocks. Lastly, we hiked back up to our gratitude circle to go home.