For the Love of Learning™

Parent & Family Resources

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 at no additional cost. To schedule an appointment with Becky, please email her at

May 2021 Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Thank you for a wonderful year of love and learning!  New adventures await your children over the summer months, including Camp Sizzleberry. As the current school year draws to an end, make plans to connect with other little Berries. And make a plan to keep learning!

For young children learning is best done through play. Play-based activities allow children to practice executive function skills like self-regulation, problem solving, and attentiveness. You can read more in Executive Function is Enhanced Through Play. Summer learning can happen spontaneously or be planned. The goal is to keep the learning alive by sparking the imagination. Consider the following tips for learning during June, July, and August.  Continue reading “May 2021 Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

May Director’s Newsletter

May 3, 2021

It is hard to believe that we are down to our final four weeks of the school year! Wow. It’s been a school year we willl never forget– where we all felt the GIFT of our berries being together like never before. Our teachers have been INCREDIBLE in adapting and pouring into your children as they have fostered independence and friendship and curiosity, all of the things that create a solid foundation for a LOVE OF LEARNING. You, as parents, have been so supportive and encouraging, flexing right along with us as we’ve wound our way through this Pandemic while keeping the Berry Patch train running on it’s tracks. THANK YOU! A few items for you for this month and looking ahead. Continue reading “May Director’s Newsletter”

April Director’s Newsletter

Happy Spring Berry Patch Families,

Your kids are having SO MUCH FUN outside in the grass and puddles! Thank you for sending your child with rain gear when it’s wet– mud and muck are the best for our berries!!


Your child’s teacher has reached out (or will be!) to schedule your Spring Parent-Teacher Conference. Most of these will be held on Thursday and/or Friday, April 22nd and 23rd. We will not have school on either of

Continue reading “April Director’s Newsletter”

March Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Faith matters. As a school community, it’s “our desire that each child enrolled at the Berry Patch learns about the heart of God.”1 Faith lessons and family values are rooted at home, in what a child learns, observes, and lives each day. The Berry Patch staff reinforces these values in the classroom.

Foundational faith practices like praying and reading the bible, come from intentional leading on the part of the parent. The bible is a roadmap, instruction book, and communication tool all rolled into one. Reading the bible with children of any age provides a solid foundation in faith. The lessons learned today will translate into truth for the future when the going gets rough. When Mom and Dad lean on God, scripture, and faith-filled friends, children learn to do the same. These practices become habits in times of need and celebration. We as parents will not do it all perfectly, but where we’re lacking, God fills in the gaps. Continue reading “March Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

March Director’s Newsletter

March 1, 2021

We have had another WONDERFUL month at The Berry Patch!

Our Strawberries are getting so OLD– they are ready for their next step as Kindergartners– the direction following, involved conversations, and leadership development in the classroom are all incredible to see.

Our Blueberries are looking up at those Strawberries and they are READY TOO! The Blueberries are showing massive growth in concentration, depth of questions, and cooperative play.

Continue reading “March Director’s Newsletter”

February Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Do you ever experience BIG emotions in your children? If so, it’s normal! Social emotional learning (SEL) is an essential aspect of your child’s development, big emotions and all. Helping our children manage their emotions in a healthy way is another aspect of their education. Children need time, maturity, instruction, and practice to manage emotional responses. Learning to navigate emotions and solve their problems leads to self-regulation. This skill set, being able to express, control, and re-direct emotions, is one of the predictors of later academic and social success. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. explains, “Healthy self-regulation is related to the capacity to tolerate the sensations of distress and anxiety that accompany an unmet need (respond vs. react). Healthy self-regulation is related to teaching children to recognize their needs and find positive ways to meet their needs.” Continue reading “February Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

February Director’s Newletter

February 1, 2021

Sweet Berry Patch Families,

It was a wonderful month at The Berry Patch with TONS of outdoor play for our berries and many great learning experiences about winter, animals and their habitats, and deepening friendships.

Continue reading “February Director’s Newletter”

January, 2021 Parent & Family Education

Dear Berry Patch Families,

We all know children learn through experience. This is also true with fine and gross motor skills. Small and large muscle motion are important for little ones as they learn to navigate their world. Recall your child as a baby, grasping an object. Think of the skills needed to accomplish that task: eye-hand coordination, small motor reflexes in the fingers, large motor skills in moving the arm, and more. The lesson in cause and effect as well as independence in accomplishing the movements without assistance all add to the learning curve.

According to CDC guidelines, young children (less than 5 years of age) need at least 60 minutes of vigorous activity per day. Unfortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics has determined many children are falling short. “Sedentary activity for young children has been shown to range from 32.8 to 56.3 minutes per hour.”1 That’s a lot of inactivity! Continue reading “January, 2021 Parent & Family Education”

January Director’s Newsletter

January 1, 2021

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you this week as we return to school. If your family traveled or gathered with other households over the break, please reach out to let us know so we can help determine your child’s return to school plan.

Continue reading “January Director’s Newsletter”