Preschoolers can do project learning. In Mission Friends project learning is what Missions Explorers is all about. It’s fun, and it’s easy. And it’s optional. Here are some things to remember when doing projects with young children:
Set up a special area in your classroom for project learning. Include necessary supplies and additional materials such as brochures, books, teaching pictures (many are on the Internet), and a box, pocket folder, or large envelope where preschoolers can keep their work.
Label supplies and keep them in separate boxes such as one for crayons, one for scissors, one for paper, etc.
As preschoolers investigate and learn more about their project, make a list of what they have learned on chart paper. Or have them draw what they have investigated and done on butcher paper. Preschoolers can draw or write about their findings.
Be sure to have a time for sharing what preschoolers have learned while working on their project(s). Invite parents and guests to attend the Project Presentation.
To learn more about Missions Explorers and project learning, read pages 19–20 in Mission Friends Guide for Leaders.
Using information from Mission Friends Leader, tell preschoolers about the ministry of Jeff and Tessa Woolstenhulme. Share information about Los Angeles with them. Ask them if they’ve ever heard of Los Angeles. Ask them what they would like to learn about the place where Mr. and Mrs. Woolstenhulme live.
Each week provide picture books and Internet information about Los Angeles. Guide preschoolers to draw pictures, or print pictures they find online (be careful not to violate copyright laws when printing pictures). Print pictures of the Woolstenhulmes that are on the Missions Focus page at wmu.com/preschool.
As preschoolers learn information about Los Angeles and the Woolstenhulmes, lead them to create scrapbook pages each week.
At the end of the unit, bind the pages together and place them in your Books area so that preschoolers can continue to review what they’ve learned about the Woolstenhulmes and to pray for their ministry in Los Angeles.
Discuss with kindergartners what they know about school. Then ask what they know about college. Using information from Mission Friends Leader, explain how Mr. Woolstenhulme ministers to college students at University of California, Riverside. Ask if they can think of ways to help college students know that God loves them.
Ask kindergartners what they would like to learn about being a missionary at a college. Each week provide information about college. Your resources might include, books about college, college catalogs, online information, and interviews with college students and/or professors. If possible, invite someone who is involved with Baptist Campus Ministry from a local college. Ask this person to tell your preschoolers age-appropriate stories about campus ministry.
Allow preschoolers to choose the way that they will record the information they learn about missions at colleges.
To wrap up your unit, guide preschoolers to display their recorded information in a public place in your church. Invite church members to ask preschoolers what they have learned about college ministry.
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