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April Parent & Family Education Newsletter

April 15, 2022

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Spring conferences are scheduled for April 21 and 22. This is a valuable opportunity to collaborate as a team to discuss how your child has developed academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. It’s a time to talk about what skills your child should be focusing on during the summer months to be prepared for the next year of school.

Tips to Make the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences 

1. Arrive on time.

2. Keep the conversation focused on the child. Use the questions below as a guide.

3. Take notes. Don’t forget a notebook and pen. 

4. Stay within the scheduled conference time. 

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February Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

This month’s focus for Parent and Family Education is the topic of FRIENDSHIP. Most of the conversations I’ve had with parents in the last 18 months have centered on social emotional skill building and getting along with others. The pandemic has isolated our kids from the normal activities of childhood. As a result, they haven’t had the experiences needed to learn to socialize well. 

Making and keeping friends is an ongoing skill. Practice is necessary! The Berry Patch staff assist your children daily in friendship building skills. Kindness, polite behavior, and respect are all rolled into everyday lessons. The Berry Patch School’s Parent Tip Sheets are helpful resources for your family. Download the tip sheets: Social Emotional LearningCommunicating Well with Young Children, and The Power of Play for additional tips and strategies.

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January Parent & Family Education Newsletter

January 15, 2022

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Minnesota is winter wonderland! Get outside and embrace all winter has to offer. Sledding, snowman building, and snowshoeing are fun artic activities for the whole family. Since The Berry Patch School is a play-based program, I’d like to encourage you to play… outside.

Here are a few tips to get geared up for a day in the snow.

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December Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Generosity is a great virtue to instill in all children. But training children to be generous can be a bit overwhelming. At times, it’s difficult to get kids to share with their siblings much less other kids. Rest assured, the virtues of compassion, kindness, empathy, and generosity can be taught. Use these ten tips to encourage generosity in your family during the holidays and all year long.

Top Ten Tips to Encourage a Generous Heart

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November Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families to gather, celebrating the gift we have in our relationships with one another and the blessings we have been given. Growing an attitude of gratitude in children is a foundational piece of parenting. Recognizing both the large and small gifts in life and cultivating a grateful heart is the goal. 

The adage, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” comes to mind. Adults who express thankfulness in all circumstances are modeling a thankful and gracious heart to their children. From thanking the cashier at the grocery store to handwritten notes of appreciation after receiving a gift, children learn the meaning of truly appreciating others.

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October Parent& Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

What did you do at school today?”
“I played!” 
 

If this is an everyday conversation at your home, your child is on the right track! 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 learning. Guided play and free play are used to practice and learn skills and concepts. 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.

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September Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

What a wonderful start to a fresh year of love and learning at The Berry Patch School. I hope you and your family had a great first week. It’s sure to be a terrific year!

At The Berry Patch, learning isn’t just for the little ones. The administration and staff take continuing education seriously. As a staff, we continue to hone our craft in developmentally appropriate practices for preschool children throughout the year. As part of our training, each summer we read a book pertaining to best practices. This summer, we read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. and discussed how to apply the concepts in Berry Patch classrooms.

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Welcome! Parent & Family Education 2021-2022

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Welcome to The Berry Patch School! Whether you are new or returning to our school, a wonderful experience awaits your whole family. Love and learning are at the core of The Berry Patch School for both children and their parents. With Parent and Family Education wrapped into our program, you’ll have support, guidance, and encouragement in all aspects of parenting and family life. In other words, if you have questions, we have answers!

One common topic for parents, especially at the beginning of the school year, is separation anxiety. Teacher visits are unique to our school. Meeting the classroom teachers before the school year begins on a child’s “home turf” is a tremendous advantage. Take a photo of your child with the teacher when she visits your home. Print the photo so your child can become familiar with the teacher’s face. Use her name often so your child gets accustomed to hearing and speaking her name. Other tips and tools for a smooth transition to school can be found on The Berry Patch School Parent Tip Sheet: Separation Anxiety in Young Children. Download the PDF and choose the tips that will be most helpful for your child. Continue reading “Welcome! Parent & Family Education 2021-2022”