WE STRIVE TO SEE THE WORLD FROM A KIDS-EYE-VIEW
Bellwoods Playschool uses a child-centred, socially conscious pedagogy to engage young children in social and artistic thought and action. Using what the city has to offer, we empower our students with the knowledge to be socially and environmentally responsible citizens while they develop into explorers of their urban landscape.

WE THINK OF THE CITY AS OUR CLASSROOM
A valuable aspect of the Bellwoods Playschool program is to empower children as navigators of their city. We journey on regular excursions, by foot and by public transportation, to art galleries, museums and cultural events, as well as markets, parks and city landmarks.

WE KNOW ITS TAKES A VILLAGE

Our Playschool runs on a model that links a range of artists together to engage and inspire children. We like to bring in different perspectives and actively pursue a diverse teaching staff. As such, professional educators and artists trade chalkboards for personal anecdotes and textbooks for real life experiences. Together, they create an atmosphere that is at once intellectually stimulating and deeply personalized.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Contact Photography Festival

Over the last couple of weeks we checked out some photography exhibits at the Contact festival, including a few at the Mocca Gallery and "Animal Perspectives" at the Kapisanan Philippine Centre. The boys chose out favourites, talked about colours and identified subjects in each of the series. We learned about how different photographers have their own styles and choose a theme when putting a series of photos together. We also learned how some photos can be set up or captured candidly and can have people, scenes or things in them. Another great thing about the Mocca Gallery is the courtyard they have out front. It is perfect for playing shark attack and the statue of the enlightened men make for a great storytelling spot. The kids also love pointing out the gargoyle at the top corner of the building, watching us play.

They wanted to see an exhibit showing men on horses in Afghanistan, but when we arrived, the Kensington market gallery was under construction. They still enjoyed having a peek at the construction work and the chickens that were in the distance, on the premise. They especially enjoyed free cupcakes from Cora's Kitchen (free for mini cupcakes for kids!) and the apple pie we shared from Wanda's Pie in the Sky.

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