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♥

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Inch by inch, row by row, someone bless these seeds I sow...

Inch by inch, row by row, someone bless these seeds I sow... John Denver... he was such a lovely soul...

One of my babes won't be tucked in tonight because he is at camp with his friends... I miss him and hope he is happy and content... 

This song is dedicated to all my sweet loves tonight as they drift off to the land of nod... wishes for sweet dreams and a blessed slumber   

Season 4, episode 1 of the Muppet Show. John Denver's take on The Garden Song, complete with singing plants.


Monday, 5 June 2017

A small spherical toy often made from glass, clay, steel, plastic or agate... Yes... It's a Marble!


I love the creative, unconventional way kids play with loose parts!  
These are some of the cool creations the kiddos have made up using marbles!
  
Creativity. Blocks and other loose parts can be moved freely by children, to be combined and recombined in countless ways.—Angela Eckhoff
 Here is the link to my kiddo demonstrating his lego and marble game:) 

Self-esteem. Children discover that they have ideas and that they can bring their ideas to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique.—Holly Bohart

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again♥ This is such a great example of teaching the kids to be persistent... keep trying... your mistakes are your best teacher and you could look at it as "trial 1, trial 2, trial 3... success!"

 Problem solving. Sometimes it is intentional: “I want to build X. How do I do that?” Other times it is in-the-moment: “To go higher and add to one side, what can I use?”—Peter Pizzolongo
 Here is an example of the kiddos engaged today in that kind of problem solving... after some creative thinking, they made it work:D
 

How To Play the Classic Marble Game of Ringer
Most children understand the game of marbles the first time it is explained, but to make it easier, these drawings show the most common plays. 








FIG. 1: To start a game of Ringer the children lag from a line, drawn tangent to the ring, to a parallel line across the ring, which would be 10 feet away. The child whose shooter comes nearest the line has the first shot. Players must lag before each game. Practice lagging, as the first shot may mean the winning of the game before your opponent gets a shot. In lagging, a child may toss his or her shooter to the other line, or he or she may knuckle down and shoot it.
FIG. 2: This shows child No. 1 who won the lag, preparing to knuckle down. His knuckle has not quite reached the ground, which is necessary before shooting. He can take any position about the ring he chooses. (The process of picking the best possible position for starting is referred to as "taking rounders.") The 13 marbles in the ring are arranged as in tournament play. For casual games, a one foot ring is drawn inside of the ten foot ring and each player puts in some 5/8" marbles, so that there is about a dozen marbles in the smaller ring.
FIG. 3: Child No. 1 knocks a marble from the ring on his first shot and his shooter stays in the ring. He picks up the marble. As he has knocked one from the ring, he is entitled to another try. Players are not permitted to walk inside the ring unless their shooter comes to a stop inside the ring. Penalty is a fine of one marble.
FIG. 4: Here we see child No. 1 continuing play. He "knuckles down" inside the ring where his shooter stopped on the last shot. This gives him the advantage of being nearer to the big group of marbles in the center of the ring for his next shot. Expert marble shots try to hit a marble, knock it out of ring and make their shooter "stick" in the spot. "Sticking" or shooting seven consecutive marbles out of the ring and winning the game without giving an opponent a turn is usually good for two days of playground bragging rights.
FIG 5: On this play, No. 1 hit a marble, but did not knock it from the ring. At the same time his shooter, too, stays inside the ring. He can not pick up the marble, and whether he is allowed to pick up his shooter depends on the type of play - in tournament play, if your shooter is in the ring at the end of your turn, you must remove it. In casual games, if your shooter is in the ring at the end of your turn, it becomes a legitimate target and any player who hits it out collects a forfeit from you, or even your shooter! (Players should agree in advance whether to use this rule.)
FIG. 6: Child No. 2 may start by "knuckling down" anywhere at the ring edge. In this case he may shoot at the 11 marbles in the center or if he wishes, he may go to the other side and try for the marble that No.1 almost knocked from the ring. In a casual game he might also try to knock the other player's shooter from the ring.
FIG. 7: Child No. 2 chooses to try for No. 1 child's shooter and knocks it out of ring, winning all the marbles No. 1 has taken (and his shooter, if that rule is being followed) and putting No. 1 out of that game. Or he could shoot as shown in Fig. 8.
FIG. 8: Child No. 2 hits a marble but does not knock it out of the ring, yet his shooter goes thru the ring and stops outside where he may pick it up. The target marble remains where it stopped in the ring, and as No. 2 did not score, it is now the turn of No. 1 to shoot again.
FIG. 9: No. 1 "knuckles down" inside the ring where his shooter stopped (Fig. 5). he is going to shoot at the marble nearest his shooter. By hitting it at the proper angle and knocking it from the ring he can get his shooter near the center of the ring for his next shot. Play alternates until one player has knocked a majority of the marbles out of the ring.  
Go to www.landofmarbles.com/how-to-play.html for this printable and so many other fun marble games:D

Friday, 2 June 2017

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail:)


The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis), so pretty... We'll have to go around on the weekend and check out all the new blooms and new butterflies!
 

Here is our life cycle of a butterfly that can be found in our nature center:)  It's perfect for continuing the conversation and the learning♥
 
 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

First day of June:)

Come into the woodland,
sit by the moving water,
translate the bird calls,
laugh at simplicity,
feel the air surrounding you,
touch the living rock.
Feed your soul
Author unknown

Monday, 29 May 2017

♥May 2017♥


On a wet spring day, the kiddos had the opportunity to observe this cute little guy:D He came for a visit to eat some yummy nuts left out for him;) FYI, I received the nuts from a well-meaning person who was unaware of my peanut allergies... They made a great snack and observational opportunity for the kids:D

The kids look forward to our participation in these annual activities.  We are getting our Provincial Park pass as well and we have already acquired our Canada Parks pass for Canada's sesquicentennial:D
We were privileged to attend the first ever Comic-Con in Orillia! It was hosted by Dr. Comics! This Comic-Con will be an annual event and an awesome addition to our wonderful, creative hub we call home:)
Orillia was waiting for an event of this scale for a long time!:D Awesome turnout to our first Comic-Con! These are the lines behind and in front of our little group at the start of Orillia Comic-Con:)

There is always loads of coverage of the "bigger names" at these kinds of events... so I thought I would focus on some of the less known peeps doing their thing at this great event:D Emmanuelle Chateauneuf was one of my favourites! This lovely lady from Ontario has written and illustrated this semi-autobiographical tale of a mother and daughter and is currently working on her second book!:D Keep us posted Emmanuelle... we're following your journey:) http://www.thebatmanni.com/

My Hubby's pick for supporting new artists:) I'm awaiting information for him to hopefully post soon:)

The kids were really excited about this one so you know perler beads will be back on our list of activities to do this summer:D

Fidget spinners;)

My eldest son is over the moon happy with his new sword:D He is ready to take on Hyrule;) Fire and Steel were busy but ready to help with friendly customer service:) ... my son wants the shield;) #RealFireNSteel — with Fire and Steel


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The kids picked out their summer reading book marks:)



How sweet would it be to take a bat-mobile for a spin;) — with Brampton Batman

https://www.facebook.com/MojoverseSudbury/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

We're heading back in Time!:D

Christoria Creations https://www.facebook.com/thechristoriacreations/

The Tutors gave out great reading lists to check out at the library for our summer reading:D  Comic-Con was inspirational:D  One of my kiddos even took his sketch pad to camp with him today:D


Pufferdoodles


https://www.facebook.com/HawkinsCorner/ These are some super friendly peeps who I hope will be at the Coldwater Steampunk Festival:D



Friday, 12 May 2017

"Birding" in our own back yard♥

Deanna and the baby Mourning Dove♥
The bird calmly watching her, listening to her voice...
 as she watched the bird, listening to his chirps:)  
We are very blessed to dwell in the middle of a forested area... 
nature submersion♥ 

"Children are fascinated by nature discovery. When parents revisit natural
wonders through the eyes of children, we’re reminded that life, when all is said
and done, is still infinitely remarkable. Taking time to really get to know the birds
who share our habitat is a wonderful pastime for families. It’s good, clean fun, and
builds values of respect and compassion for nature and all living things."  
Karen Stephens

If you'd like to read the full article on birding with children by Karen Stephens, 
click the link below:)  Published in 2007:)

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