Ownership and Optimism: Helping Toddlers Discover Autonomy in the Natural World
Discovering the World in Nature
Building Connections for a Lifetime
At Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN), through connection with peers, caring teachers, and the natural world, children develop the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to be successful in school and life.
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My son is so excited to share what he learned when I pick him up each day. He's more inquisitive, independent, and fearless than he was before. Since attending preschool at BOPN, he seeks "activities" rather than asking for screen time.
BOPN is such a magical place, and to be honest, I think not even a European forest kindergarten can compare (even though the concept started there). Thanks so much, because in the end it's the teachers that make it all happen!
As someone who was a preschool teacher for many years, I want to let you know how impressed I was with your program and your teachers when I toured. It was so clear how engaged the students were and how caring and creative the teachers were.
All three of our kids have attended BOPN and it has been such a positive experience for our family. We have loved picking kids up in very muddy rain suits or with red rosy cheeks from the snow. Our kids have grown their endurance and explored what they can and cannot do with their bodies. We are so grateful.
Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN) is a small 501(c)(3) organization (founded in 2019 by Master's-level educators Sarah Besse, Shela Sinelien, and Sara Murray). Our mission is to provide programs that meet the developmental needs of the whole child while initiating them into a lifelong relationship with the natural world. What started as one half day preschool class in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts is quickly growing into a network of school year programs (ages 15 months - 6 years) and summer programs (ages 15 months - 8 years). We now offer half day forest preschool (entirely outdoors), full day nature school (mostly outdoors with indoor classrooms), and a variety of summer programs. Our sites are located in Jamaica Plain/Roslindale, Wellesley/Dover, and Malden/Melrose.
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