Normandale Preschool News

 

 

Voted the #1 Preschool in Edina!

Edina readers voted Normandale Preschool #1 in 2018!  We appreciate the support of our community and your confidence in our teachers and the quality of our school.

Orchestra Hall... Here We Come!

Our 4-year-old students went to Orchestra Hall this fall to attend a Kinder Konzert.  Kinder Konzerts combine music education with literacy development. Each probam consists of two sections. The first half of the program children sit on stage with an ensamble of Minnesota Orchestra musicians. The musicians introduce their instruments and give examples of common musical concepts. A story is then narrated to a composition the musicians perform. The second half of the program children participate in a sound factory where they continue to explore musical concepts and try instruments such as a violin or snare drum. We always have a fun learning experience at Orchestra Hall!

Normandale Preschool Goes to Stages Theater!

Each winter, after the Christmas holiday, we go on a fun and exciting all-school field trip to Stages Theater, in the beautiful Hopkins Center for the Arts. Stages offers productions for young students that are typically one hour in length, allowing us time to arrive back at school before the end of the preschool day. It's two field trips in one as we ride a school bus to the theater which brings smiles to those riding a bus for the very first time. We have seen many wonderful shows such as Frederick, Goodnight Moon, and The Mitten. It's always a field trip to remember for years to come.

French Fun, Mais Oui and French Fun Petits!

Normandale Preschool is excited to offer a French Immersion experience to both our 3 and 4-year-old students. Marie-Jeanne Delevaux-Hargitt, a native French speaker and one of the founders of Normandale French Immersion Elementary School, will instruct both classes. Madam Hargitt will follow all the domains of learning found in the Normandale Preschool curriculum, adding fun games, songs, crafts, art, and movement... all in French! Each class is limited to 10 students, so classes fill quickly.

Normandale Preschool Earns NAEYC Accreditation!

Normandale Preschool has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)- the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. We're proud to have earned this mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to the highest professional standards.

Normandale Preschool is a Parent Aware 4 STAR Program!

Four Star Rating These programs have demonstrated all One- Two- and Three-Star practices AND commits to ongoing quality improvement by using most of these best practices:

  • Responds to unique cultural customs and needs of children and families
  • Offers activities that encourage family participation and help children transition to kindergarten
  • Gives families opportunities to provide feedback about the program
  • Shares child development updates with families to set goals together
  • Makes accomodations for children with special needs and their families
  • Has highly-qualified and trained leadership staff, teachers, and providers
  • Creates a program-wide professional development plan
  • Encourages healthy living through nutrition and physical activity, always evaluating to set goals for growth