Saplings Program

The Saplings Program is for children ages three through five. Learning and play, play and learning—these two essential ingredients are mixed together to create our unique Saplings program. Our qualified and caring staff members bring learning into play and use play to facilitate learning with the Minnesota Early Learning Standards woven throughout each day's activities.

Each week, a new theme gives focus to the daily activities. Whether the theme is spiders or snowmen, play facilitates learning and learning is play. We expose our little ones to songs, poems, finger plays, classic children's stories, and fun new books. And we present the alphabet, beginning literacy, and number sense at appropriate levels for each child. With regular attendance in our Sapling program, your child will have a good start toward kindergarten readiness.

Our caring and compassionate staff is actively involved with the children and sensitive to each child's level of development. Social skills, kindness, and friendship are areas they continually emphasize. 

Once again, the Birch Grove Saplings Program received the highest possible rating from Parent Aware! We received 4 out of 4 stars! This rating stands until 12/31/2022.

Highest possible rating - Proudly using best practices that prepare children for school and life. Birch Grove Community School, The Saplings Program. Date Issued: 12/21/2020, Expiration date: 12/31/2022 -

Though it might vary slightly, a day in our Saplings program would be structured as follows:

8:00–8:45 - Arrival and free play
8:45–9:15 - Welcome and morning circle
9:15–10:00 - Centers - art, hands-on math, active play, literacy
10:00–10:20 - Bathroom break, snack
10:20–10:50 - Morning recess
10:50–11:15 - Literacy circle, table time
11:15–11:30 - Clean up, bathroom break
11:30–12:00 - Lunch
12:00–12:15 - Quiet books and story time
12:15–12:30 - Afternoon circle
12:30–1:00 - Afternoon recess
1:00–1:20 - Math and numbers table time
1:20–1:30 - Bathroom break
1:30–2:00 - Rest time
2:00–2:15 - Afternoon snack
2:15–2:45 - Theme related project
2:45–3:15 - Free play

We realize that the needs of children ages three to five can vary greatly. For this reason, we have made the program flexible and open to parent scheduling. You may enroll your child for half days, full days, two days a week, or perhaps all day every day, the choice is yours. As space allows, with prior notice, you can also vary the days your child attends to fit your schedule.

Free transportation and scholarships may also be available for this program.


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