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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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cherry Blossoms + Sharing

We admired the beautiful cherry blossoms in High Park last week. We talked about how in Japan so many trees are covered in these beautiful flowers right now and people gather and drink tea by the trees. Instead of tea, we shared a ceremonial Chinese coconut bun. We sat for 20 seconds in silence to admire the falling petals then passed the bun around, each taking a piece and passing it on to the person next to us. It was brilliant. Nine children, two adults and one bun, silently sharing. Each person thanked the cherry blossoms as they took their share of coconut bun.

Sharing other delicious treats... one slice of cake and five children. One and a half cookies and ten children (with two going around making sure everyone gets their share).

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