Welcome to our Dragonfly Cove Care Home and our Nook and a Book reading corner. This blog is a living, growing record of our kiddos during this beautiful time in our lives together. This kind of blogging is as personal and intimate as writing a journal or diary. Memories and experiences are the greatest gifts we can bestow on our children. Here we document and share the unique experiences, ideas and inspirations enriching our lives and the children in our care. You will see various pictures of our kiddos learning through play and inquiry in every day life

A couple of ideas and quotes related to our blog and growth...

"Life isn't about finding yourself; It's about creating yourself."
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's learning to dance in the rain"

My passion and love of learning stems from a belief that learning is a life-long process. We strive to be open and adaptable to the many changes and challenges of everyday life. I try to model continued learning as the children see me reading, studying and implementing new, creative adaptations and theory to our home indoor and outdoor environments and lives. By giving them these roots, my hope is they will also follow a path of inquiry and know as students of life, they will always be learning and growing

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."

We love reading your thoughts and comments! Thanks so much for embarking on this special, memorable journey with us... lots of love

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Wildflower Farm hosts thousands of Monarch Butterflies

Posted: 18 May 2011 10:11 AM PDT
Monarchs feasting on a Meadow Blazingstar

During late July to September Wildflower Farm hosts thousands of Monarch Butterflies.  They come in the hundreds and swarm our Meadow Blazingstar plants (Liatris ligulistylis) to the point that the flowers droop with the weight of dozens of Monarchs.
Up until now we had not known why the Monarchs vied for the Meadow Blazingstar  more than its sibling, Prairie Blazingstar or any of our other delectable wildflowers.  Sure the Monarchs did all the rounds, visiting the coneflowers, bergamot, rudebeckias, ironweeds and so on.  But by far they preferred the Meadow Blazingstars. 
I had always thought the nectar of the Meadow Blazingstar was richer, but as it turns out it isn’t just the richness of the nectar (if that plays a role at all), its the way the nectar is offered.  Liatris ligulistylis belongs to the asteraceae family, which includes over 22,000 species such as sunflowers, coneflowers and no surprise asters.  One of the defining characteristics of the asteraceae family is that the flowers are made up of tiny little florets, providing the butterfly with an all you can eat smorgasbord.  Instead of flying from flower to flower, the butterfly can ‘just dip its proboscis into one floret after another’.  Meadow Blazingstars ‘are packed with these thin, soft, tubular florets’ that are tailor-made for the monarch’s proboscis making them the garden favourite. So for now a part of the Monarch Mystery is solved.  If anyone knows more on why butterflies choose certain flowers over another please let us know."
  • For More wonderful Blog posts like these, please visit The Wildflower Farm.  We visit the Wildflower Farm every year and always come home with something special... The kids love just sitting in the grass and gazing at all the beautiful butterflies:D

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Rivers to Oceans Week, beginning World Oceans Day June 8 and encompassing Canadian Rivers Day June 12

"Rivers to Oceans Week, beginning World Oceans Day June 8 and encompassing Canadian Rivers Day June 12, is your opportunity to celebrate the water that makes Canada special and help your community recognize that ocean health is a freshwater issue." CWF

The Canadian Wildlife Federation has these great Colouring Pages and online games for kids... with the added benefit of teaching them about their care taking responsibilities as keepers of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water in Canada.  My five year old son just played the leather back sea turtle game and thought it was great... he's now trying to beat his high score:D

"Taking care of this precious resource is a shared responsibility. With almost one quarter of the world’s wetlands, about two million lakes and 243,793 kilometres of coastline, Canada is truly a watery wonderland."CWF
Rivers to Oceans Week

Friday, 13 May 2011

My first Blog... a new work in Progress

I'm the founder of a little 300+ group on FB called Care Provider Network Orillia.  
It is great as a Care Provider and Parent to have a place to share our unique experiences and ideas which enrich the lives of the children and others in our care.  We discussed craft ideas, books, educational materials and all the websites and activities that we use.  We shared joys and tears dealing with the daily stresses and challenges faced by Care Providers and by joining in the spirit of sharing; it made what we do much easier. 

As Margaret Fuller said ~ 
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles by it.  

Dragonfly Cove is what I call my Daycare in my home in Canada. 
Join me in the wonderful adventure that children are... 
the greatest and most important role in my life is being a Mommy and my Greatest joy.... my Children♥

I thought I'd start out this new chapter with some of our most beloved story books and I hope you'll source them out at your local library... 
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living
my baby you'll be." 
Robert is a good reading companion...

 This is one of the books my son brings home from the Library frequently...



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