DRAGONFLY COVE

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. 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

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!

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