There are 1.4 billion insects for each one of us. Today, many species are faced with extinction. Individually, insects may not seem really interesting - unless you get down on the ground or view them under a microscope to look at their amazing complexity.
Actually they are the invisible force working throughout the world to keep it running. They do everything from feeding us to cleaning up waste! Most of this involves wildlife, which insects keep going along because they are the base of the food chain for fish, birds, or mammals. Their pest controlling role is so valuable - and the way in which they can recycle a dead body or decompose plant life.
And think of the Bees! Bees have been making honey for us since Egyptian times.
So insects are our friends - let’s be very very grateful and look after them!
Life is a real learning adventure and as we grow up we are asked to learn to think - and while we grow up we can become our special selves and have our own way of thinking and feeling. We can express ourselves to others. We learn to speak, we learn to smile and laugh, we learn to cry, to sing, to dance, even to shout. We learn to crawl, to stand, to walk, to run, to climb, to jump, to hop, to skip, to play with others - friends, animals and toys. These are such fun. All the time we are thinking and learning we can remind ourselves that we are special and we are loved. We remember to love ourselves.
We all learn colours, numbers and the alphabet at primary school. People often call this at school the three R’s - reading, writing and arithmetic! These help us to do many things like explain what we see, what we want to do, to communicate with our family and friends - to enjoy ourselves!
Numbers are fun! Eenie would like to tell you a few things about numbers here so that you can learn with your family and friends.
Most of the people - human beings - live in this world and follow time according to the solar calendar that has been developed. On Planet Earth our time and schedule follow the movements of the different planets 🪐 , as well as the Moon 🌒 and the stars 🌟
Every day we have 24 hours - every hour there are sixty minutes and in each minute there are sixty seconds. We use a clock to find out what time it is and the day is divided into morning before 12pm noon 🕛 and afternoon and evening or night before 12am midnight 🕛
Our day is equal to one full rotation - or round - of the Earth around its axis or centre. There are seven days in the week - including a week-end that is two days. The days In the week are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday called weekdays - and Saturday and Sunday called the weekend.
There are four weeks in month. Then we enjoy twelve months in a year. The months are: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.
Our year is equal to a revolution - circling - of the Earth around the Sun, which takes 365 and ¼ days, which is why we add an extra day in February every four years, which is called a leap year.
We also have various seasons to enjoy in several places that we will also talk about more later. Seasons follow certain weather patterns and affect the life cycle of all of our life on Earth including the flowers and plants and other living creatures. The seasons are called Spring, Summer, Autumn or Fall and Winter. There is so much to learn and enjoy!
There are so many days to remind us of our wonderful Planet Earth and Nature’s beauty. Following International Forests’ Day on 21 March, Earth Day on 22 April and, prior to World Environment Day on 5 June, on May 16th each year National Love a Tree Day celebrates the special gifts trees give. Designated in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month, this day reminds and encourages us to care for trees and plant trees. Such special days raise awareness of the importance of all tree and forest types, as well as the love we should give to them.
Trees are a fabulous vital part of nature. This is a wonderful day to plant a new tree or spend some time noticing and enjoying the beauty of the trees that are all around us. It can have a special place in our calendar- and we can then look after trees all year round. We should all take time to learn how to care for the trees we have in our gardens - or those of friends or relatives. We can share lovely photographs of our favourite trees and we can follow the life of trees where we live - from the very first day of planting a tree.
Welcome to the Learning Corner!
Eenie introduces us to some of his insect and animal friends, to different places, to the ways of the weather and to the wonderful world. Eenie also shows us how to feel happy and healthy- to feel strong and brave. We can create our own special life every day so that we can also enjoy being with friends, family and everyone we meet every day. READ MORE >
Dr Linda Spedding creates this charming world of Eenie, the sparkly snail who enjoys wonderful adventures, sights and sounds - despite his very small stature- in a world where right values are illustrated and rhymed as memorable guides for young children.