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Wildberries

Wildberries: Outdoor Preschool Program

Our Wildberries program launches Fall 2024!

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

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

The Wildberries program, designed for children aged 3.5-5 years old, offers a unique preschool experience that fosters natural curiosity through outdoor learning. This outdoor preschool program at Berry Patch School in Edina prepares your child for Kindergarten with hands-on experiences in woods, ponds, and trails.

The Wildberry program is an outdoor alternative to our Blueberries and Strawberries programs. 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. Your child will continue to grow in preparation for Kindergarten through hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Visit Berry Patch West to learn more!

Activities Included in Wildberry 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

After spending my high-school summers helping out at Camp Sizzleberry, I am absolutely stoked to be starting my second year at the patch! I am a 2022 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College where I double majored in Studio Art and Art History. I love sharing my passion for art with the little berries and seeing what they create. Outside of school, my hobbies include painting, crafting, tap dancing, and eating soup.

Gigi DeGrood

Floater/Teacher

I am so excited for another great year at the Berry Patch! I have been a nanny for Berry Patch children for the last six years, and am happy to be a part of this amazing team. After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from Mankato State, I taught public school for four years, and worked in Early Childhood for two years prior to becoming a nanny. When I am not with my little friends, I enjoy seeing and participating in theater, reading, and spending time with my husband, Bryn. Currently I am teaching Huckleberries at both locations and running the PM Playmates program for West. I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible team, and am looking forward to learning with all of the little Berries!

Aimee Tanner

Teacher

Berry Patch West

Gigi DeGrood

Floater/Teacher

Aimee Tanner

Teacher

Visit our West Campus - the Wildberries Basecamp

Explore the outdoors! Find a place where your child will spend most of their morning learning outside. As parents, we understand that finding the right preschool near you is crucial for your child’s first school experience. Encourage your child’s curiosity and excitement through hands-on learning experiences and a deepening connection with classmates. Schedule a tour of our West location today.