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.

Our Community

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Escape from the Zoo

March Break was super fun! We went to the Zoo, the Beaches and Riverdale Farm. We made a paper fort, animal sculptures and a short film. We also used a disposable camera and used the developed photographs to make dioramas. The disposable camera was especially fun and most of us wondered why we couldn't see the photograph right away.



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Artist Project

Looking to see how long the train is.

Checking out the art! The kids are super interested and can talk about what they like and don't like.

They also have a lot of good questions for the artists!

Leading the way in big open spaces always feels good.


Recording our new song!

Warming up our vocal chords with guest Jazz Vocalist, Lianne Aliermo.

Practicing Fast Movement, song we wrote with Daniel the Music Teacher.

Getting ready to record.

Recording our song!

Adding percussion to our recording.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

March 2 2011

 Stretching after running on the track at the rec. centre
 'Painting a mountain' in Trinity Bellwoods
 Being the king of the castle
 'Skating' on the ice rink

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Our Trip to Little Jamaica

The kids insisted we go in....so, we met Monica of Monica's Cosmetic Supplies! She was very sweet and the kids liked her. We also met George who just relaxed while the bunch of us were exploring their store. We shared some Jerk Chicken and rice while we had our snacks. Most of us loved it! April ate the spicy parts. We were also very interested in all the busy barber shops that were up at Eglinton.

Dufferin Grove Days

Playing in the slush, snow + roasting marshmallows with the big kids.