May June 2012

Crimson Roses by
Charles Webster Hawthorne, 1905
Spring has arrived and the flowers are waking up! Here in Massachusetts, the daffodils and forsythia’s are in full bloom. Since my son Christopher was small we would always play our own version of the game “I Spy” while riding in the car. Each spring we tried to be the first one to shout, “I spy forsythia!”

Christopher is now 25 years old and we are still playing that game. It always brings a smile to my face, laughter to my heart, and takes me right back to the fun we had when he was a child. What special games do you share with your children? Drop me a note and share the joy!

May and June also bring some interesting days to celebrate the season; May 14 is Dance Like a Chicken Day and June 12 is Red Rose Day, America’s favorite flower.  So of course, in this issue you will find stories of chickens and roses, quite the combination, with curriculum and crafts to complement these unique celebrations.

June brings more travel as well. I will be part of a panel discussion at the National Storytelling Conference (NSN) in Cincinnati, Ohio with nationally known, award winning tellers Elizabeth Ellis and Linda Gorham. I will also present at the NSN Preconference for the YES Alliance (Youth, Educators and Storytellers) on organizing and teaching student storytellers. Check out all of the other workshop offerings, along with three amazing, award-winning keynote speakers, MaryGay Ducey, Kevin Kling and Bill Harley. If you plan to attend please stop by and say hello!
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please drop me a note; I love hearing from you.

Wishing you a glorious spring!
Karen Chace

May 14 is Dance Like a Chicken Day! I am sure many of us have taken part in the Chicken Dance at weddings here in the United States, I know I have! Did you know it was created by Swiss accordion player Werner Thomas of Switzerland and titled "Der Ententanz" (The Duck Dance)? Here are some chicken stories to get your toes tapping!

Chicken Licken – England
The Half Chick - Spain
Fox, Hare and Rooster - Russian

The Story of Black Chicken – Bali
Lion, Chameleon, and Chicken - Tanzania
The Cat, the Rooster and the Fox – Russia

The Pole Cat and the Rooster - Khmer
The Rooster, the Hand-Mill and the Swarm of Hornets – Sweden
The White Rooster – Tibet

June 12 Red Rose Day. Did you know that the colors of roses signify something different? Head over to this link and make sure you send the right message! Here are some tales of this fragrant flower to brighten up your spring!

The Maiden With the Rose on Her Forehead
The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

The Rose-Beauty – Turkey
The Snail and the Rose Tree – Germany
The Three Roses - Czech

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
                                                                  ~ Albert Einstein


First School Activities - A cute chicken/rooster handprint craft. “Templates are available in two sizes and can be assembled in various ways, and the process can be made more challenging and creative depending on the ages of the children.”

Muffin Pan Flower Craft –These are simple and fun crafts for even the youngest children to do. The center of the flower can be further decorated with yellow sequins, small seeds or a photo.”

Origami Petals - “This is one of the simplest examples of an origami project you can make -- which makes it a perfect introduction to the artform for early grade school children!”

Egg Carton Roses – A very creative craft for older children.


Chicken Facts Did you know that a chicken is T-Rex’s closest living relative? Lrn more interesting facts about our fine feathered friends here.

A to Z Teacher StuffA number of helpful lesson plans for your classroom related to chickens. – This section focuses on the book It Started as an Egg by Kimberlee Graves. It includes companion rhymes, book lists, adorable bulletin board ideas and crafts.

Garden for Life from Learning to Give – A comprehensive lesson plan to complement the book, Wanda’s Roses targeted for kindergarten to second grade. - How to Write a “Roses Are Red” poem.


The Teacher’s Guide – Chicken Chicken

Five Little Chickens

Preschool Education – A colorful bouquet of flowered themed songs.


5 Ways to Effectively Market Your Business with Pinterest by Alicia Forest

Does Your Business Need A Good Spring Cleaning? by Michele Pariza Wacek

How to Create Marketing Strategies that Work by Barry Feigby

Cell Phone Etiquette: Calling with Uncommon Courtesy by Bill Lampton
Georgia Appalachian Studies Center- Living and Learning the Appalachian Story


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CD Recycling Center - “Each year, billions of CDs and DVDs are manufactured, while millions of these discs end up in landfills and incinerators…Compacts Discs, when recycled properly, will stop unnecessary pollution, conserve natural resources, and help slow global warming.”
* Thanks to Simon Brooks for passing this information along.


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Catch the Storybug Newsletter • Karen Chace, Editor