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May Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Summer is right around the corner! The next three months provide a time for more unstructured play and activities. Take time now to determine how to enrich your child’s summer with learning activities to spark the imagination and expand the mind.

Literacy is an essential part of your child’s education. Reading, writing, and speaking with your child makes a difference! Literacy is defined as writing and reading to interpret and communicate meaning to others. Make the most of everyday opportunities to encourage literacy in your child with these strategies. Continue reading “May Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

April Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Are you a good listener?
Are your children good listeners?
How are your family’s conversation skills?

You’ve heard the old adage, “With two ears and one mouth, listen twice as often as you speak.” Listening is a gift we give others. Here are three “listening busters” and solutions to help families increase communication by being better listeners. Continue reading “April Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

March Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Are our kids experiencing life, real life? Or are they experientially poor because we don’t allow children to fully enter into decision-making, problem-solving, conflict-resolving situations? When we step in, kids don’t have the opportunity to step up.  We’re actually making life more difficult in the long run. Continue reading “March Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

February Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Do you ever experience stress due to the rush to get out the house on time? Is bedtime chaotic? Are you feeling overwhelmed with last minute tasks? A simple routine can help get everyone on the same page and prepared for school, activities, and other transitions.

Established routines can alleviate stress. When everyone knows what is expected and is prepared, family life runs more smoothly. A few simple steps will help make the transitions easier for you, your children, and the family as a whole. Continue reading “February Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

January Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Do you have tech questions? Is technology affecting your family life? According to Barna, “Technology is the number one reason parents believe it is harder than ever to raise children.” I believe the statistics. As a mom of two young men, I’ve walked the tech tightrope. As an educator, I’m often helping parents try to balance. Continue reading “January Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

December Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Generosity is a virtue we practice all year long at The Berry Patch School. Sharing with friends, expressing kindness in word and deed, and providing for others through our monthly Children Serving Others (C.S.O.) are examples of how this virtue is exemplified at The Berry Patch. In December, we are gathering new hats, mittens, and gloves to share with Hats & Mittens, which provides outerwear to those in need in the Twin Cities. Continue reading “December Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

November Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for November 19 and 20. Conferences provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to collaborate as a team to discuss the curriculum as well as the specific needs of each child. The Berry Patch staff is well trained and has the students’ best interests at heart. Conferences are a time to gain valuable insight into your child. Continue reading “November Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

October Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic in education today. SEL is a process of developing and applying skills to self-regulate emotions, empathize with others, set and attain goals, form and retain friendships, and make responsible decisions. Learning to self-regulate is a skill for life. Continue reading “October Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

September Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

The Berry Patch School is all about love, “For the love of learningTM.  And the learning is not just for the children. Did you know The Berry Patch School is the only private preschool in Minnesota that offers an inclusive Parent and Family Education component? The program currently includes private one-on-one consultations, a monthly newsletter, Lunch & Learn opportunities, Parent Tip Sheets on a variety of topics, and parenting classes during Sizzle Berries Camp for Freshberries. Continue reading “September Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

August Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

If you’re feeling a tug at your heart preparing your child for preschool, you are not alone. Some parents are saddened by the quick passing of the summer months and the advancement in the years marked by children in school. Others are thrilled to finally have a moment for self and younger children after a busy, summer. Many have mixed emotions. Use these tips and questions to aid in a smooth transition for all.

Tips for Parents to Overcome Separation Anxiety as the School Year Begins

Continue reading “August Parent & Family Education Newsletter”