Remember when learning was fun? If you’ve forgotten when that was, a visit to Apple’s Preschool in Lower Saucon Township might remind you.
The small nondenominational preschool at New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Apples Church Road prides itself on educating children ages 3 to 5–including pre-kindergartners–in a setting that excites young minds and encourages their curiosity.
Open enrollment means children can begin classes at any time.
And the school’s convenient location near the Saucon Valley School District campus makes it a great choice for families with children who attend classes there, especially since Apple’s follows the SVSD calendar.
Of course students from surrounding areas such as Southern Lehigh, Upper Bucks County, Bethlehem and Allentown are welcome and do attend the school.
School Director Shani Fassbender aka “Miss Shani” said the preschool currently has about 35 students enrolled in both AM and PM sessions, with morning being the more popular time.
The AM session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and the PM session is from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Three-year-olds are taught on Monday and Tuesday (AM and PM), and Pre-K classes are Wednesday through Friday (AM and PM).
“It’s all about the kids,” said Fassbender, who has been a teacher at Apple’s Preschool for 15 years.
Miss Shani is assisted in the classroom by full-time teacher’s assistant Katrina Fenstermacher, who was once a student at Apple’s Preschool herself, and part-time teacher’s assistants Miss Denise and Miss Cheryl.
Learning and socialization are taking place all the time, whether it is on a fall field trip to Trauger’s Farm in Kintnersville, at a “wedding” for the letters Q and U (which takes place each May in the church’s sanctuary), with Hellertown Area Library children’s librarian Andrea Milliren or during the lead-up to something such as Earth Day.
Some of the other projects/events in which students participate include:
- A Christmas Nativity Program held in the church sanctuary (which has been attended by more than 200 people)
- Making cards to send to home-bound members of the church
- A non-perishable food collection for the food bank at New Jerusalem Church
- An annual fundraiser
- A Reading Awareness Program, in which they earn points for reading books
- A Closing Program/Graduation/Make-Your-Own-Sundae party at the end of the year
- Family Fun Day at Upper Saucon Township Park after the last day of school
Children also benefit from the school’s unique Mystery Reader Program, which brings surprise storytellers to the classroom. In one memorable instance, a student’s grandma arrived from out of town to be the surprise guest reader.
Student safety is of the utmost importance at Apples Preschool, and security improvements have been made without making the school feel isolated.
In fact it is anything but that, with a bright, open classroom that’s filled with colorful artwork, displayed crafts, books, tiny chairs and even a few curious caterpillars, which students have been raising recently.
Miss Shani said the school is in the process of installing air conditioning, which will soon allow them to offer summer programming as well.
All students at Apple’s Preschool are taught their shapes, colors, name recognition and counting, with the Pre-K classes also learning the alphabet, numbers, name writing, opposites, rhyming, patterning, sequencing, spacial positioning, sizes, and scissor and puzzle skills. They are assessed three times each year.
“Everything we try to do here is a learning process,” with the goal of preparing them to start kindergarten, Miss Shani said. “We do so much, and every day is different.”
Tuition, she pointed out, is competitive, and the school’s registration fee is just $25.
To learn more about enrollment in Apple’s Preschool, or schedule a visit, parents should call Shani at 267-377-6570, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via the school’s Facebook page, which is regularly updated.