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.


May 2017

Threes and Fours

All about Cowboy Church

Ask preschoolers what they know about different kinds of churches. Ask them if they have ever heard about cowboy church. Lead them to discuss cowboy church, including what they think it would be like to go to a cowboy church. Guide them to choose what they would like to learn about cowboys and cowboy church.

Each week, provide print and online resources to help your preschoolers learn more. If you have a church member who has horses, invite that person to bring some tack to your class and to talk to your preschoolers about raising horses and the life of a cowboy.

Lead preschoolers to choose how they will present the information they have learned.

To end the unit, have a cowboy church prayertime. Invite preschoolers to wear cowboy clothes and serve cowboy snacks like trail mix.

Plan a time for preschoolers to share what they have learned. End your time together with a prayer for Mr. Cardenas’s cowboy church and other cowboy churches around the country.

 

Kindergarten

All about Language Churches

Talk to preschoolers about different languages. Ask first what they know about different languages. Invite those who know words in different languages to share those words with your class.

Guide preschoolers to understand that people speak many different languages, and that every person enjoys worshiping God in her own language. Tell preschoolers about some of the language churches that meet in your own community. Share that Mr. Cardenas is the pastor of a Spanish-speaking church that meets at First Baptist Church, Chandler, Arizona.

Ask preschoolers what they would like to learn about churches that worship God in different languages.

Provide print and online resources to help preschoolers glean information that will help them discover answers to their questions. Suggested resources would include your local association’s website, the websites of local language churches, and bilingual books with the different languages. If possible, invite a Sunday School teacher or child from a local language church to come and talk to your preschoolers about her church. Ask this person to talk about why it helps to praise God in your own language.

Ask preschoolers to record the information that they learn each week. Information can be gathered on a trifold poster, a mural, or pages that can be bound in a book.

Invite parents to join you for a celebration of language churches. Prepare multicultural snacks to match the cultures of the language churches you have studied. Ask preschoolers to share what they have learned.

End your time together with prayer for the language churches in your area.


Missions Explorers for June 2017

Threes and Fours

About Summer Camp

Tell preschoolers that Miss Procita organizes between 6 and 10 summer camps every year. Some of the camps are sports camps where children learn how to play soccer and baseball and basketball. Other camps teach music and drama. One super fun camp is called TWEEN (Totally Whacky Energetic Exceptionally Nifty). While children have fun and learn new skills, the most important lesson they learn is that Jesus loves them.

Engage preschoolers in a discussion about camp. Ask if they’ve ever been to a camp (Threes and Fours may have only attended a day camp). Ask them what camp was like. Ask them what they know about camp. Ask what they would like to learn about camp.

Bring in resources to help them learn about camps. Invite teachers or older students who’ve attended camps to talk about their experiences. Invite your preschool, children’s and/or student ministers to share how they plan for camp, how they invite campers, and how they plan for teaching campers about the Bible.

During 1 session, encourage preschoolers to think of Bible stories they would share at camp. Why would they share those stories? How would they use these stories to teach children more about God’s love?

To culminate the unit, plan a “camp” session for families. Prepare camp-type snacks like snow cones and cotton candy. Invite preschoolers to share what they have learned.

 

Kindergarten

Planting a Church

Introduce your project by telling preschoolers that Miss Procita and her friends have started a new church in Calgary The name of the church is Southwinds at Mahogany. Share that some people call starting a new church church planting. Ask preschoolers how they think people would start a new church. Be sure to talk about prayer and making friends in the community.

Ask preschoolers what they would like to learn about planting a church. Each week provide resources, including online resource. Invite your associational director of missions, WMU director, and/or church planters to come and share what they have learned about church planting.

Provide a way for preschoolers to collect and record information. You might choose to create videos, lapbooks, posters, murals, or books created with a computer.

At the end of the unit, hold a time of worship with preschoolers. Prepare a snack or light meal, play age-appropriate music and sing, invite some to pray for church planters, and ask others to share favorite Bible stories. Celebrate and thank God what you have learned about starting new churches.

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