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.

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.


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, November 02, 2011

A Very Fun + Productive Autumn

We' enjoyed the past month's weather, making leaf piles, collecting chestnuts, and meeting gardeners preparing for winter as we walk around the neighburhood.

So much has gone on in playschool since we first began. We're now accustomed to the everyday routine of playing in the park, reading books, singing songs, and building our little community. We have been practicing taking turns and working together.

Here's a rundown of some of the additional things we've been up to:

We just got our new sketchbooks, which we'll slowly fill up as the year goes on. We'll be experimenting with markmaking  using graphite, crayons, pastels, and more. The kids are really into water colours!
In addition to working with our new sketchbooks, over the next month we'll be exploring the possibilities of different textiles, making quilts, soft puppets, and leather scrap jewelry.

We visited the farmer's market a few times to see what people are growing and to try out some tasty treats. We made a delicious pirate stew made with dried fruit, maple syrup and chocolate!

Field Trips
In addition to exploring local parks like Dufferin Grove, we went further afield to check out Queen's Park and Riverdale Farm. We also went to St. James Park to talk to people at Occupy Toronto. The kids walked around and (with a little prompting) asked questions like, "Why are you here?" and "What are you doing?". After walking around and observing, we moved to the fountain and threw in pennies. Each child made one wish for the world and one secret wish for themselves.
Some wishes for the world they made:

  • I wish everyone could have a nice Mom and Dad and brother
  • I wish people in China could have more than one kid
  • I have a really cool toy that flies. (so you can wish that for everyone...) ok, I wish everyone could have that toy
  • I wish everyone could have enough food
  • I wish everyone could have enough money
In the coming month we'll be checking out some of the great museums in the city. We're hoping to visit the ROM, the textile museum, and also hopefully check out some of the imagiNATIVE programming at the National Film Board.

We've been learning to  warm up our bodies, breathe, and stretch. We are practicing skipping, galloping, and turning, and playing games like the hokey pokey and london bridge.

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