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The bumble bee is the most
common type of bee with around
250 different species of the bum-
ble bee found around the world.
Despite the fact that the bum-
ble bee can be found in many
countries, it is indigenous to the
Northern hemisphere, breeding
more successfully in the more
The bumble bee is best known
for having a sting on its tail, which
it uses to protect itself from dan-
ger. Once the bumble bee has
stung something with its sting,
the sting breaks off and the bum-
ble bee generally dies.
Despite common belief, not
every bumble bee has a sting. In
fact the male bumble bees
(known as drones) do not have a
sting at all. Only the female has a
sting on its tail.
The bumble bee is a herbivorous
animal, feeding primarily on nectar.
They also eat pollen and honey
when there is no nectar available.
Bumble bees have numerous nat-
ural predators, including birds,
larger insects and amphibians
such as frogs and newts.
Bumble bees are known to play
a valuable part in the eco-system
as around one-third of what hu-
mans eat is pollinated by bees.
Short and stubby, the bumble-
bee doesn't look very flight-wor-
thy. In fact, according to
20th-century folklore, the laws of
aerodynamics prove the bumble-
bee should be incapable of flight,
as it does not have the capacity
(in terms of wing size or beats per
second) to achieve flight with the
degree of wing loading necessary.
That claim has since been put to
rest. Bees beat their wings about
200 times a second. Their wings
work similarly to helicopter
FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEE
You've probably heard the saying,
money grows on trees. However, we
learn very quickly that money doesn't
grow on trees and there is no endless
supply of money in our parents' wal-
lets or at the ATM machine.
The first thing we must understand
is that money comes from someone
doing something of value for others.
They are willing to give that person
money for performing that function.
So, the number of hours your parents
spend at work are so that they re-
ceive money to support the family for
Saving versus spending
We know that we can buy things
with our money, but we don't always
have enough to buy what we want.
This is where planning comes into
Say you decide that you want to
buy yourself a video game, but it
costs $40 and you only have $20.
What do you do? You need to decide
if you want to have instant gratifica-
tion and buy that snack after school
every day, or save that money until
you have enough to buy the $40
video game. You need to sort the
things you buy into "Needs" and
For instance, you might think, "I'll
save my lunch money every day so I
can buy that video game. However,
lunch is a definite need so you should-
n't move money from your "Need"
category into your "Want" category.
List the items that you spend your
money on that you could give up.
These may include: candy, drinks ver-
sus water, or even small toys that you
enjoy less than the bigger item you
want. Go through the list and decide
what you can spend less on.
Remember, beginning a budget to
get what you really want at an early
age will make you better at saving
money in the future. So why don't
you begin today?
Practise money skills
Just like anything in life, you'll
get better at something the
more you practise. For money
smarts, that is also true. How
do you practise?
Go with your parents to the grocery
store and ask to help with shopping.
Offer advice when picking out various
items. You will see that there is usu-
ally a link between quality and cost.
If you want to save money, you'll
have to give up on freshness, quality,
or proven brands. You may choose to
buy a store brand instead of a well-
known brand because it is a lot
You will also find that on the store
shelves you can usually find out
how much the cost per ounce is
of most foods. This makes price
comparison shopping easier.
Talk with your parents and
find ways to try out your new
Learning about money---the sooner the better
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