DRAGONFLY COVE

Sharing the unique experiences, ideas and inspirations enriching our lives and the children in our care.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about getting out there and dancing in the rain♥

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 love to see your comments and thoughts!:D

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♥

Monday, 26 September 2011

Science experiments perfect for Autumn

Fossils


1 1/2 c. flour, 1 c. used coffee grounds, 1/2 c. salt, 1/4 c. sand, 1 c. water
Figure out what you want to use as artifacts...  Plastic Dinosaurs, coins, vegetation or anything you can think of, really!  


Mix the flour, coffee grounds, salt, sand, and water together. 
Form the mixture into round, flat balls. Press an "artifact" firmly into each ball then carefully remove it to reveal an impression. 

Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and bake for 20 minutes at 150 degrees F.  The balls will shrink slightly but when they are cool and hardened, the fossils are ready. 

You can also hide "artifacts" inside the balls and the kids can use a small hammer to break it open and discover the hidden treasure inside.  Fun for discovery type birthday parties!


Jumping Penny


Put an empty glass bottle in the freezer overnight. Take the bottle out of the freezer and quickly put a penny over the mouth of the bottle. Hold both of your hands tightly around the bottle. The penny should begin to jump up and down because the heat from your hands flows through the glass and warms up the air inside the bottle. As the air gets warmer it expands, pushing up on the penny and making it jump.


Oobleck


1 c. water, few drops of food coloring, slowly add 2c. cornstarch.

Oobleck: A mysterious matter that kids can shape into balls or let ooze from their fingers. Referencing Dr. Seuss for this one and there is a great tutorial online at:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Oobleck/
  So much fun, you have to try it!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Book reviewing and rewarding

 This Autumn has so many great reads that the kids are diving into their new book selections with great vigor.  I want them to get the most out of the new adventures they are taking in these wonderful books.  We've done our book reporting in a variety of ways and the idea is that if they can report on the events in the books they read, they have greater understanding of what they've read.  This will help you with comprehension in ways you can't yet imagine until you try... So grab a few of these ideas and review a book and I've enclosed some reward posters as well to reward your wonderful readers...
http://www.tumblebooks.com/

http://www.classroomjr.com/

This is a book mark I created at DLTK
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/home.jsp