Missions Explorers

Project Learning

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.

Missions Explorers July 2017

Threes and Fours

Learning a Bible Story

Tell 3s and 4s that Mr. and Mrs. Lane go into villages and tell Bible stories. Explain that they tell the stories because most people in the villages they visit in Niger cannot read. The villagers who know Jesus want to tell their friends about Him, so they listen to the Lanes’ storytelling so that they can learn the stories, too.

Ask your 3s and 4s if they would like to learn how to tell a Bible story. Ask each preschooler to choose a story to learn.

Begin by helping preschoolers understand that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. You may want to encourage them to draw a story board of the beginning, middle, and end of their stories. Talk to them about ways to tell stories, such as how to talk slowly so that others can understand.

Invite volunteers to come into your room to help each preschooler learn the Bible stories. When preschoolers are comfortable telling their stories, videotape them. With parents’ permission, ask your church media team if you can use the videos to highlight what Mission Friends are doing and what they have learned this month.

Note: As your preschoolers learn the stories, be sure to connect their learning to the Lanes’ work of Bible storying in Niger.



Learning a Language

Tell kindergartners that the Lane children often travel to the villages with their parents. Samantha Lane says that she likes to go to the villages to meet the children. Going to the villages also helps the Lane children learn the language. Samantha says that learning the language is fun, but it is not easy.

Ask kindergartners what they think it would be like to live in a country where they do not know the language. What would be difficult about it? What would they like about it?

Ask kindergartners if they know the words of any other language. Ask them to share those words. Ask them if they would like to learn some additional words in different languages. Guide them to make a list of the words they would like to learn. Choose the languages preschoolers will learn. (Note: To connect your missions learning with local missions and getting families involved in missions, you may wish to choose languages that are commonly spoken in your own community.)

I Can books

If you have preschoolers who are bilingual, ask them to help their friends.

Share the Chinese phrases in I Can Do It!  and the Spanish phrases in I Can Give.

Each week, invite those who speak a different language, or bring in bilingual books or online videos that will help kindergartners learn the words that they want to learn. Invite them to record the words. They can use a video or audio recorder on an electronic tablet, or they can scribe the words.

Challenge them to learn a Bible thought or a song like “Jesus Loves Me” in another language.

To wrap up your unit, prepare some simple snacks from the countries where the languages are spoken. Invite parents and missions leaders to join you and give preschoolers the opportunity to share the words, Bible thoughts, or songs they have learned.

Ask kindergartners to share what was difficult about learning a new language. Ask how this has helped them understand what it might be like to be missionary kid.

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