DRAGONFLY COVE

Welcome to our care home... Dragonfly Cove is dedicated to all the kiddos in our lives:D You will see various pictures of our kiddos learning through play in their "every day" life♥ We've created a hygge atmosphere ~ find out more about that in the blog if you haven't heard this term before♥ We love to see your thoughts and comments!:D

This blog is a living, growing record of our kiddos during this beautiful time in our lives together. Here we document and share the unique experiences, ideas and inspirations enriching our lives and the children in our care. Memories and experiences are the greatest gifts we can bestow on our children... thank you for embarking on this continuing journey with us... Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about getting out there and dancing in the rain♥

Here is an excerpt from "How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years" which directly pertains to our blog here:)
"a means of sharing perspectives with parents and colleagues. When families and others are invited to contribute to the documentation and share their own interpretations, it can provide even more insights that children, educators, and families can return to, reflect on, and remember in order to extend learning."

Thanks so much for making this shared journey so memorable and so very special... lots of love♥

Friday, 2 February 2018

Happy Candlemas♥


Happy Candlemas and ground hogs day!
Let us nurture the spirit of renewal and
embrace the light of the lengthening days.


  If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.  


We are ready to snuggle up for a cold February
with a polar vortex moving in by the hour.  

 

We have some wonderful reads for our long winter
and a hygge roaring fire to warm ourselves by...
Welcome Candlemas and the remaining six weeks of winter♥







Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A piece of quiet...

In the morning, when kiddos are off to their individual journeys for the day; I find myself sitting with my cuppa in quiet contemplation.
Sitting peacefully in the moment enjoying the now.
 Peace and quiet...
I've always felt the saying should be a piece of quiet.
A time for peace and sitting in the quiet to hear your own thoughts.
It's not always been easy for me to enjoy the now with the "what's next" to accomplish on my list.
I find this time of quiet reflection grounding.
Helping me gather my thoughts, myself for the "what's next".
There will always be a lengthy list of expectations,
of the "things" I "need" to get done.
There will always be a hustle and bustle to the world around us.
Take time to sit and contemplate alone with your cuppa,
or with your dear ones.
Wake up earlier to carve out time for your kids to sit in calm,
quiet reflection before they start their day.
There is so much to be said for this grounding and hygge activity:)


Our poem today...
Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair.
~ Minna Thomas Antrim
 

Displaying words for comfort and inspiration,
is a beautiful way to gather thoughts for reflection.
They were written and photographed by the lovely
Susan Gaylord and hung in her crab apple tree.
The kids and I love this inspiring tree and think the words should be hung on bunting for an interior display.
They enjoy revisiting past projects of meaning and cringe at the thought of their work being left out to the elements.
Have a blessed and wonderful day my friends.
It's a bright new morning of possibility♥

Saturday, 13 January 2018

New challenges... thankfulness for simple pleasures♥

 


We have started the new year with new
reading challenges and gratitude journaling!

Gratitude means counting our blessings, thankfulness, acknowledging what we receive... Noticing those simple pleasures in our lives and
our shared journey...

It's been a very hygge way to start the year!
Stay tuned for all our great winter
reading challenge reviews...
the kiddos are so excited to share
their journey with you♥


Even in our greatest challenges ahead,
we aim to remain thankful for
all the little blessings we have...
life is good and we are truly blessed♥






Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Birding in January...

Country living at it's best... even when it's too cold to go out on one of our adventures... we feel the benefits of nature submersion♥





 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

How can our love go wrong if... we start the New Year right...


Here's how we set up a rockin' 
New Years Eve 
for a house full of kids:D  
 Starting the new year right!


The dining room set up with provocations to engage the kiddos in cooperative play or individual challenges:)



Here's one of my kiddos super proud to have completed the marble maze... it's a challenge to get all three balls through little holes from the outer rings to the inner rings:D
The new foosball table was a family gift this year and has had a lot of action...
 The kids often switch up the rules of the connect 4 game to make up their own games with patterns etc. for open ended play.
 This labyrinth was a new acquisition this year as well and no one has completed it yet... love a new challenge:)
 
 The Color Match Wheels Puzzle is a challenging matching game.  It contains 7 wheels and on each wheel there are 6 different colors dots. The objective is to place all the wooden wheels back into the box in a way that all the adjacent dots have the same color.


The honeycombs and the wood dominoes are both matching games that require all adjacent pieces to match as well... two different levels for the different ages of our kiddos.

These cups get set up in many creative ways... playing the classic game of "cups", sculptures in cups and today... there was also cups set up in pyramids for soft dart target practice;)

These bright, beautiful crackers made me smile when I found them... a nice tradition I like to carry on from year to year...
  


   One minute to midnight,
One minute to go,
One minute to say goodbye,
Before we say hello.
Lets start the new year right,
12 O’clock tonight,
When they dim the lights lets begin.
Kissing the old year out,
Kissing the New Year in.
Lets watch the old year die,
With a fond goodbye,
And our hopes as high as a kite.
How can our love go wrong if,
We start the New Year Right.
~Bing Crosby






Friday, 29 December 2017

Observing Romjul... It's a wonderful life...


 This has been another peaceful day of Romjul...
It has been lovely... the kids playing in the snow... drying the cloths by the fire... sipping hot chocolate... so hygge... drying the clothes by the fire always reminds me of the scene in one of my favourite movies, It's a wonderful life!


Romjul (middle Christmas), is a Norwegian term 
for the period between Christmas and New Years Day.  

Romjula is...
a peaceful time...
home sheltering...
 holiday activities...
quietly working on projects...
school free...
special family visits...
holiday foods...
enjoying family time...
tranquil living...
reflection♥
 
Outdoor activities are followed by hygge to gather together in comfort and warmth. 
We prepare for Romjula ahead of time by stocking up on the foods and comforts of the season.
Even the Christmas presents we exchange also go to support the period of Romjul, such as clothes, candles, blankets, beverages, books, games and more recently, electronics.


Bread... that this house may never know hunger.
Salt... that life may always have flavor.
And wine... that joy and prosperity may reign forever.
~Mary and George Bailey

... and now we are warming up near the fire... sipping hot chocolate... eating mandarin oranges with baked goods and enjoying family time...  It truly is a wonderful life♥

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Finding Hygge in the everyday...

I hope you have been having a wonderful time celebrating the holiday...
with your family and friends or quietly by yourself !

Our plan today was to pull out the toboggans and take the kids sledding... 
We skipped straight to the hot chocolate in these frigid, arctic temperatures!
The chocolate was delicious and the sparkling,
fluffy snow out the window made me feel incredibly happy!

  I've taken out books from the library by Tasha Tudor.  
She also wrote one of my favorite Christmas books called "Take Joy".  
I've added some of my favourite titles by her to my wish list on Amazon for some future occasion...
I want to impart some of the wisdom I've gained from her musings...

 Take Joy!
Take Joy in time with those you love...
Take Joy in everyday moments...
Take Joy in this beautiful life!
 Hygge for me has always been in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary...
There is so much to enjoy in simplicity♥

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