BESSONOVA OUTDOOR IMMERSION SCHOOL

BOIS Key Features
  • up 70% time outdoor

  • Mixed aged group – 2.5 to 6 y.o.

  • High child:educator ration

  • Extra-curriculum activities 

  • Nap/rest time

  • Accommodating different learning styles

  • Inclusion of children with special needs (up to 25% in the group)

We aim at opening the Bessonova Outdoor Immersion School (BOIS) five days a week from September 2020.
The school will be based on the experience of the pilot project Brussels Outdoor School and will welcome children from 3 to 6 years old.
BOIS Values

- Free Play and observation

- Environmental Sustainability

- Parent Involvement

- Cognitive and Creative Development 

- Montessori inspired attitude to children

Our Educational Paradigm

- Child-led learning

- Free play

- 3 and more languages

- Child-parent-school 'ecosystem'

- Real-life experience

- 21 century learning skills

- Multiple Intelligence Theory

- Whole-brain approach

Our Philosophy

 

“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.”

Maria Montessori

 

Our philosophy lays in supporting the dynamic approach to learning: the passage of time, from the changing of the seasons, to the contemplation of an ancient tree; the dynamic nature of an outdoor environment - an infinite source of smells, textures, sounds and tastes; a range of visual stimuli from near to far, high to low, very big to very small; and the infinite layers of historical, cultural, spiritual and mythological significance that speak of our deep relationship with trees and woodland through the ages. 

 

Bessonova Outdoor Immersion School supports child-led learning through free play, in a 'real world' context, provides young children with freedom to explore, using multiple senses, promotes health and well-being, confidence and physical and emotional resilience, supports the acquisition of knowledge, skills and care for the natural heritage. The concept of sustainability is best understood through experiential learning. Being outdoors in a natural setting enables children to develop a connection with the natural world that can lead to long-term environmental awareness, understanding and positive action.

 

Childhood is a very special, never-returning, and developmentally vital stage in personality becoming. Every child is unique and we believe that providing the room for natural discovery, we build the base for developing and nourishing all the multiple intelligences each has – interpersonal, intrapersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, naturalistic, visual-spatial, musical, and verbal-linguistic.

 

Bessonova Outdoor Immersion School promotes holistic, individualised learning and development. It is for all ages and abilities and its ethos is fully inclusive. Our school sets out to help children with additional support needs, including Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autistic children. We believe it is mutually beneficial for children to share their play and learning experience with those needing more support, as the real world is diverse and the early childhood is the best time to develop empathy in natural way. Yet, being outdoor and having higher adult:child ratio provides the needed space, extra support, and moments of quietness to the more fragile children when required. The free play in combination with greenspace scenery promote restorative health benefits and calmness among children.

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