The Preschool Years: Blueberries, Wildberries, & Strawberries

Kindergarten Readiness

Growing Independence

  • Self-help skills
  • Self-directed learning
  • Classroom jobs
  • Smooth transitions
  • Multi-layered activities
  • Longer days

Nurturing Relationships

  • Community building
  • Friendship games
  • Sharing
  • Listening
  • Taking turns
  • Values and virtues lessons
  • Small groups
  • Group games
  • Play-partnering
  • Dramatic play

Purposeful Learning Activities

  • Language
    • Emergent reading/writing, storybooks, drawing, journals, rhymes, songs, exposure to lowercase letters/sounds, name recognition, word play
  • Fine Motor Work
    • Hand strength, cutting, ripping, beading, gripping
  • Math Concepts
    • 1:1 correspondence, patterns, grouping, graphing, more than/less than, estimating
  • Science
    • Life cycles, seasons, animals/habitats, space, experimenting, observing, critical thinking, predicting
  • Gym and Outdoor
    • Group games, skill building, healthy bodies
  • Art Experiences
    • Creating, expressing, exploring materials

The Blueberries

Our three-year-old students are bursting with excitement and curiosity. The classroom and schedule are structured to meet the needs of this age group with a teacher/student ratio of 1:10. This year is a big one for your child as he or she expands knowledge of the alphabet and numbers, communicates thoughts and feelings through writing projects and Show & Tell, and develops friendships.

The Wildberries

The Wildberries is a nature-based classroom for Blueberries and Strawberries that are between 3.5-5 years old. Our Wildberries experience the richness of The Berry Patch learning model in an environment that fosters their natural curiosity – OUTSIDE! Your child will continue to grow in preparation for Kindergarten through hands-on experiences in the rich outdoor classroom of woods, ponds, and trails.

The Wildberry classroom indoors will be used as a basecamp for the magic of expanding the skill-building of The Berry Patch curriculum as they head outside. Visit Berry Patch West to learn more!

The Strawberries

This is the year our students eagerly anticipate—becoming a Strawberry as a four-year-old! We offer 3, 4, and 5-day pre-K programs for this age group. Children are now showing more independence, and their intelligence is expanding as they learn to communicate successfully and work well both independently and within groups.

The Strawberries’ portfolios become more comprehensive during this final year of preschool, as our teachers assist them in developing the skills needed to transition seamlessly into kindergarten. A full-day Strawberry program is available at our East location.