What are your hours, and how much is school tuition?
We are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Please contact us for rates and openings.
Is my infant or toddler ready for more structure?
Children benefit tremendously from a program designed to help and encourage them to learn the skills that are developmentally appropriate for their age. Specifically, the areas of self-help and social-emotional skills are ones we emphasize at Edina Daycare.
From a child’s first day at school, we observe and document the amazing progress they make. Toddlers learn by watching and listening to both their peers and their teachers:
How to listen
How to wait their turn
How to use their words, instead of their hands
How to resolve conflicts with their friends
How to use their cubbies for their lunch, their jacket, their art
How to wash their hands, put on their snow clothes, put away their lunch box
While developing these skills, toddlers develop friendships and bonds with their classmates and their teachers. Their teachers provide them with loving, nurturing and consistent guidance. The foundations for preschool, kindergarten and beyond are developed.
Apply today! If you have further questions about the admission process or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us or call (952) 229-4988.
Why language immersion?
Full language immersion is the best way to offer your child the well-studied “bilingual advantage.” Decades of scientific research shows that bilingual children demonstrate enhanced cognitive flexibility, which comes as a result of regularly flexing their executive-functioning “muscles” in a different way.
Does learning a second language confuse babies and toddlers who are in the midst of honing their speech skills in their native language?
Not really, Mighdoll says. "Kids are smarter than we are in figuring out language," she explains. "Think about how many words your child learns for cat: kitty, meow, Sam across the street. They figure out how to use these words and in what context."
Will it confuse my baby to learn/hear different languages when she hasn't yet mastered English?
No. Babies have a natural capacity for learning language - they're actually much better at it than we are. Now's the perfect time to begin your child's multilingual education, since he/she can easily master all the subtle phonetic differences in pronunciation that will allow him/her to speak foreign tongues with little or no accent, says William O'Grady, author of How Children Learn Language. By the time a child is 1 or so, that ability begins to diminish. (From Parenting Magazine)
My baby hasn't even begun to talk yet. Is there any point in starting language lessons so early?
The ability to distinguish and process sounds or phonemes of foreign languages is highest in the first year of life, before babies even utter their first word. Many experts now believe that babies exposed to more than one language during their first year of life will not only have an easier time learning foreign languages later in life, but actually improve their listening, problem-solving, and reasoning skills in general.
At Edina Daycare, we utilize an immersion approach. The teachers (native speakers) speak only the language they are teaching, without translation. As adults, we have a tendency to translate foreign language into our own native tongues. Children intuitively pick up on the meaning of language without the need for translation.