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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.

To make the most of fall conferences, arrive promptly and stay within the scheduled time. Keep the conversation focused on your child. Bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Here are a few questions to consider asking during conferences.

  • Is my child progressing as he should be for his age and developmental stage?
  • What activities is my child drawn to during the school day?
  •  What are my child’s favorite toys, games or learning centers?
  • Who does my child typically play with at school?
  • How well does my child interact with all classmates?
  • Does my child tend to lead or follow others?
  • Are there any behaviors my child is exhibiting at school I can work on at home?
  •  How can I expand the theme at home to allow my child to practice what’s being taught at school?

Please note The Berry Patch School’s play-based program incorporates intentional and systematic learning experiences. Learning objectives are taught in direct instructional methods with the teacher leading the instructional time, guided play, and free play. Specific outcomes are associated with both free play (independent) and guided play (adult coached) activities in the classroom and relate to the overall learning objective and theme. Four characteristics define a comprehensive play program.

  1. Children are actively taking part in the play activity rather than taking passive roles.
  2. The play experiences are meaningful, relating to learner outcomes.
  3. Engaging play stations and activities encourage children to be attentive.
  4. Socially interactive play allows children to work with others to improve relational skills.

If you have questions related to the benefits of our play-based educational programs, ask your child’s teacher during conferences. You are also welcome to click on the links provided at the end of this newsletter for more information regarding the importance of play in learning. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor…
Ecclesiastes 4:9

Enjoy your time at fall conferences with The Berry Patch teachers!

Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator

Click on the links for more on this topic:      

Why is PLAY Important for Your Child’s Development?
Executive Function is Enhanced Through Play

Lunch & Learn
Join other parents and staff for a complimentary lunch and educational learning!
December 18 How to Handle BIG Emotions in Small Children (Colonial)
January 24 Two Tough Topics for Parents: Sleeping and Eating (Calvary)
February 20 Two Tough Topics for Parents: Sleeping and Eating (Colonial)
March 26 Building Your Parent Tool Kit: Strategies & Resources (Calvary)
April 25 Building Your Parent Tool Kit: Strategies & Resources (Colonial)
Register online for the Lunch & Learn events. Children are welcome to attend Lunch Bunch for a fee.