3 year old preschool , preschool for 3 year olds, Edina preschool

Blueberries

Class hours: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Optional extras: 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

The Blueberries is our preschool for 3 year olds program. This early childhood education program is designed to meet the needs of young learners bursting with excitement and curiosity. With a teacher/student ratio of 1:10, we focus on expanding knowledge of the alphabet and numbers, fostering communication through writing projects, Show & Tell, and developing friendships.

Activities Included in Blueberry Curriculum

Learn more about The Berry Patch’s Curriculum for the Whole Child!

We have our own music teacher who holds weekly music classes for all age groups. Our music specialist will lead our classrooms with the “Music Together” Play Along for Classrooms Curriculum. They get to explore a variety of instruments in these weekly classes.

While your child engages in rich music experiences at school, your whole family will be able to participate with fantastic at-home resources that will be provided by The Berry Patch. Be sure to visit when your children perform Christmas and end-of-year concerts.

Our students will participate in a monthly Spanish class taught by our Spanish Specialist. Children will develop a foundation of basic Spanish phrases through music and movement. They are immersed in Spanish once a month for 20-30 minutes, depending on age. Our classes empower children to acquire the language by natural comprehension and communication through games, music and other fun activities. You will receive a monthly Spanish newsletter letting you know what your child is learning and activities you can do at home. We will also offer Afternoon Spanish Classes for Strawberries, beginning in October.

Fundamental to the love of learning is rich exposure to books and reading throughout the early years. We are committed to this in all of our classrooms on a daily basis. Children visit their school library weekly with their classroom teacher to explore and check out their own book!

We believe field trips are an important component to our program. They give the children opportunities to explore their communities and expand their surroundings. Our Blueberries and Strawberries take field trips throughout the year to locations related to our monthly themes, and special guests are invited in to share their expertise about the subjects we are studying.

Another way we help your student pursue a holistic education is through our outreach program, Children Serving Others (CSO). This program allows children to learn the importance of reaching out to others in our community and around the world through service projects. Our objective with CSO is to help each child learn to become other-focused, rather than self-focused.

As a Berry Patch family, you have access to a licensed Parent and Family Educator as part of the program. We are delighted to have Becky Danielson, M.Ed., on staff and available to you for one-on-one conversations, and both small and large group discussions at no additional charge. The monthly parent and family education newsletter is a wonderful resource for parents too.

Optional Enrichment Activities

Hours: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lunch Bunch Is offered from 12:00-1:00 p.m. daily to 2 –  5 year olds, Huckleberries, Blueberries, and Strawberries, and is an opportunity for children to bring their own lunches and dine with friends. It is a social time where a meal is enjoyed together and table manners are taught in a loving way.

Join us for Lunch Bunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Hours: 8:30 AM-9:00 PM

Your child can come to school early to move their body on the playground or in the gym to get a jump start on the day!

Hours: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

This optional program is offered from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to children ages 3-5, allowing them an extended playtime with school friends. A quiet story time gives some rest and relaxation, and project time encourages creativity while free choice time offers the opportunity to develop friendships.

Frequency: 1x/week every fall
Hours: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

The Berry Patch offers three 8-week partnerships throughout the year. These partnerships with premier Twin Cities organizations are designed to expose preschool children to outstanding programs in the arts, sciences, and athletics. These partnerships are offered once a week each fall, winter and spring from 1:00–3:00 p.m. All Blueberries and Strawberries are invited to participate.

Expand on your child’s morning monthly Spanish learning with a weekly afternoon Spanish class for Blueberries and Strawberries. This small group language class allows your child to further develop the vocabulary and cultural understanding, laying a foundation for further language development in Elementary school.

Attending Camp Sizzleberry is an exciting way for current students, incoming students and children who live in the area to enjoy a dynamic summer experience. This camp is staffed by our exceptional teachers who love and nurture children throughout the school year and look forward to creating new and fun programs for the summer. Our Summer Sessions are designed to engage children in a variety of stimulating, creative activities with a lot of the morning spent outside. Camp Sizzleberry is offered at both locations to potty-trained children aged three to five.

Berry Patch East

I have been a part of The Berry Patch team since 2020 and I am so blessed to be a Blueberry teacher. I graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Elementary Education and have been teaching learners of all ages for more than 25 years. I love working with young children as they have so much enthusiasm for everything! I live in Richfield with my husband, children, and dogs. We love to spend time outside working on our boat, camping, riding our bikes, and enjoying our family and friends.

Michele Borne

Floater/Teacher

I am thrilled to be a member of the Blueberry team at The Berry Patch. After graduating from Miami of Ohio with a B.A. in Political Science, I worked in sales, management and and training. My three children attended The Berry Patch so in many ways I feel like I’ve come home. I am eager to get to know the wonderful families and children at The Berry Patch!

Leslie DeMuth

Teacher

I’m so happy to be part of the Blueberry team at The Berry Patch! I look forward to helping children learn and grow, while getting to know their families. I have a B.S. in Psychology from U.W. – Madison. I live in Edina with my husband, where we raised our three children. In my free time I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with friends, family and my two dogs.

Kelly Jackson

Teacher

I am thrilled to be a part of The Berry Patch staff and community. I graduated from St. Olaf College where I earned a B.A. in Studio Art and a K-12 Art Education license. I taught art to grades K-8 for many years. My husband and I live in Edina. We like to walk, garden, travel, and visit our two sons who live in LA. I have been teaching at The Berry Patch since 2015. I love the caring environment, creativity, and enthusiasm of the children and the teachers here.

Carolyn Johnson

Teacher

I have been teaching at The Berry Patch since 2015, with the exception of 2020 when I took the year off to be home with my children. I started my career with The Berry Patch teaching the Huckleberries and am now on my 5th year as a Blueberry teacher. I am married and have 3 children Lucia, 18; Vince, 17; Zoe, 14 and a dog named Stella. When I’m not having fun playing with your kiddos, I love any time I can get with my family because they are all so busy with hockey, dance and just launched our oldest off to college! I am looking forward to another year at The Berry Patch and being with your kiddos!

Monica Mero

Teacher

I love the Berry Patch and am so excited to be a Blueberry teacher this year! I started teaching at the Berry Patch in 2017 and have worked in the Raspberry, Huckleberry and Blueberry rooms. With a degree in Elementary Education from St Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, I spent the next 8 years teaching in Minnetonka, Texas, Egypt & Germany. I took a break from teaching to stay home with my children and watched them grow while they attended The Berry Patch! Now my 6 proud alumni can be seen helping out in the classrooms and at Camp Sizzle Berry. We all feel blessed to continue to be a part of the Berry Patch community!

Sheila Shane

Teacher

Berry Patch West

I have worked in preschool and toddler rooms for 15 years, before taking some time off to be at home with my children and then coming to The Berry Patch in 2018! I love spending time getting to know children and watching them learn new things with such excitement. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Pre-Primary specialty from St. Kate’s. Born and raised in Edina, I now live in St. Louis Park with my husband and our three kids.

Kalli Anderson

Teacher

I absolutely LOVE being a Blueberry Teacher! This will be my 2nd year teaching Blueberries after spending 5 years as a stay-at-home mom and volunteering in a local church preschool. Fostering relationships with children and seeing the world through their eyes is such a gift!

Annalise Butler

Teacher

Berry Patch has always been a special place for our family, so I am thrilled to be back as a Blueberry teacher!
My three daughters all attended the Berry Patch and loved every minute with their amazing teachers and friends. In fact, our closest friends are still the people we met here! This is truly a magical place!
After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from Luther College, I spent 6 years as a third grade teacher before becoming a full-time mom to my girls. It is such a blessing to be back in a classroom doing what I love the most…loving, nurturing and teaching these sweet little berries!

Kara Kanz

Teacher

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