Huron Playschool Cooperative

The Little Playschool Bookshop

Want to pick up a great read? Want to support playschool? For a toonie, you can do both when you purchase a book from the Little Playschool Bookshop. Featuring picture books and novels and non-fiction for adults too, fresh titles will be added regularly, so be sure to check out the selections often. Money raised will go toward supporting playschool's music and sports programming. Thanks for your contributions. 

Autumn Art

Everything's coming up pumpkins in the morning program.

Great New Books

For pre-schoolers: 

We Sang You Home, by Richard Van Camp and Julie Flett

In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhyming text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.

Internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp teams up with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett for a second time to create a stunning board book for babies and toddlers.

For school-age children: 

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey, by Margriet Ruurs and Nizar Badr

This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story.

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English and Arabic) edition.

Playschool Fashion

Because any day is a good day to dress like a classic picture book. 

Happy World Teachers Day!

Today is World Teachers Day, a day first proclaimed by UNESCO in 1994. As a parent-run cooperative program, the parents at Huron Playschool know better than most do how essential excellent teaching is to early childhood education, and we are so grateful to our extraordinary staff for the work they do for our children and our families. 

Tracey, Mimi and Julia, we are grateful for your goodness every single day. Thank you for all you do. 

Scenes from the After School Program

Lots of creating was going on at playschool's after school program on Friday. Thanks to playschool parent Ingrid who was on co-op duty and managed to keep the kids still long enough to take a few pictures of what they were up to.

PS For a counterintuitive take on contemporary "maker" culture, check out this article, "Why I am Not a Maker." 

Duct tape fun

Beads

Blocks

Stacks

Glue gun fun

Early Days

In September, the walls at playschool are clean and bare, ready to be decorated with the artwork our children will create throughout the year. And the work has begun, with the display of these collages, a fun exercise and shapes and getting gluey. It's remarkable to think about how much the art will have changed by the end of the year, with the children having learned and progressed in their skills, ideas and manuel dexterity. It's all such a process, and wonderful to see. 

A chance moment

Do I admire my goldfish mug (my favourite mug!) because it reminds me of playschool's resident goldish, Mr. Bubbles—or do I admire Mr. Bubbles because he is a goldfish? The answer to both questions is probably yes. In Feng Shui, goldfish are meant to symbolize good luck and prosperity. Certainly, observing their bright colour and serenity brings about in one a sense of wellbeing. 

My mug was created by artist Phillis McCulloch, whose work currently occupies the window display at Clay Design Studio and Gallery, not far from playschool at 170 Brunswick Avenue (at Harbord Street). Along with her beautiful works (which are available for purchase) the display includes a short write-up with goldfish facts ("The collective noun for goldish is 'troubling'") and an artistic statement from McCulloch about how she believes "the fish gracing her pottery have been caught in a chance moment." 

As people who spend time with small children, we all know plenty about moments like that, and the days are packed with loads of them...the most chaotic of which, it's true, are always made better by a good cup of tea. 

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