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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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Learning from our natural environment

Taking the streetcar to High Park. 


Off of the streetcar and into the woods for a little hike.
On our hike we looked for fallen leaves and other different clues that would help us identify the different trees that are native to High Park.
Looking at our trusty 'Tree Identification Guide' we learned that this leaf (above) belongs to an Oak Tree. Thanks to the helpful hint that Oak Leaves look like they have long fingers pointing out from their sides.
We also found Maple Tree Leaves (below). We all decided it would be a good idea to come back in a couple of weeks to see the leaves beginning to showcase their fall colours.
Acorns! We learned they come from Oak Trees and that their shells are really hard! How do those squirrels manage to break through!?
Lucky Number 7 Stick. We looked for other sticks that looked like numbers and letters.
After our hike we made our way to the 'Adventure Playground' and spent the rest of the afternoon playing around. 
 Taking a break to say hi to the ducks in the pond.

 Decorating some pieces of wood we found.

 Playing a game of marbles with the Dewson afterschool group.

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