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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Thursday, October 14, 2010

An Autumn Yesterday

So much happens in a day! We started off by eating lunch amongst the leaves at the North end of Trinity Bellwoods. We talked about the many things that trees give us:  air, fruit, nuts, wood, paper, a place to climb, leaves, branches for playing with and maple syrup! We had a lot of fun burying the teacher in leaves (one of the kids took this shot) and then making the biggest pile of leaves in the world, making sure there was room for all of us to jump in it. We walked over the the lumber yard at Dundas and Euclid where Joe, an elderly Portuguese man, showed us the machines used to cut the wood and sent each of us off with a beautiful piece of scrap cedar. We ended our day with meeting our new friends in Grade 1, the Cycling Giants. We were partnered off with them to make percussion instruments out of our cedar wood. We took turns sanding down the edges and nailing bottle caps in to make jangle and jingle sounds.

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