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Focus on God at Easter

God loves us always

Easter is a time to celebrate! We rejoice at Easter because we are reminded of God’s love for us and the gift of eternal life that He gives us through the death and resurrection of His Son. During April in Mission Friends, we focus on the Christian concept area of God. We can use this concept area with preschoolers during the Easter season as we help them learn about God.

Celebrate Week of the Young Child

Bubbles!

Our most precious resources are our preschoolers! Full of life and energy, they are worth celebrating. Week of the Young Child is observed nationwide on April 8–12 as a time to draw attention to preschoolers as our youngest learners. The theme for this year is Step It Up. Let’s step it up by planning to do at least one thing during Week of the Young Child to celebrate preschoolers.

Unshakable Pursuit

Unconditional Love

What other words express what it means to show God’s love unconditionally? With a quick search in a thesaurus for the word unconditional, some other words that came up were total, unrestricted, unreserved, unobstructed, unhindered, and limitless. The word that caught my attention, though, was unqualified. Usually we think of a person who is unqualified as someone who is not equipped or untrained for a position. For example, we might think a person is unqualified for a job position because she does not have the training, skills, or experience to do that particular job. Without a background in that field, the person is unqualified.

9 Ways to Find New Leaders

Teaching Preschoolers

How do I find new Mission Friends leaders? You might be adding another Mission Friends class or splitting an already crowded class and need new leaders as soon as possible. A teacher has moved or an illness prevents a teacher from serving. You might be looking ahead to the new church year in the fall, and this is the time of year when you start searching for leadership. We share 9 different ways to find the new leaders you need.

Preschool Missions Focus

Giza Pyramids

Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

Fostering Creativity

Snow Wall

A 3-year-old smiled at her new discovery. She was playing at the “snow wall” in Mission Friends during that session. The snow wall was a long piece of clear self-adhesive plastic taped to the wall with the sticky side out. Our preschoolers made snow designs by sticking cotton balls, disposable cosmetic puffs, and cotton swabs to the wall to represent snow. Their creativity showed as they made snowflakes, snowmen, and snowbanks. We talked about the missionary for that month, who lived in a place with lots of snow. There was much delight when one preschooler discovered that she could stick a cosmetic puff several times, and it would leave a residue of a thin frosty look on the snow wall.

Myself

I'm here!

“I’m here!” One of my preschoolers says this nearly every week when he comes in our Mission Friends room. It is his way of saying, “Look at me! Acknowledge who I am!” All preschoolers want to be noticed and accepted. As preschool teachers, we can help preschoolers know they are special to God, and that makes them important.

Ideas for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

extra activities

Sometimes you just need more to do with Mission Friends. It might be that you meet 5 times a month and there are only 4 sessions in Mission Friends Leader, what do you do?

 

Safety Issues

emergency kit

Why did it always seem to happen during nap time? When I directed a church day care center, there were several times that I sat in the inner hallway with our preschoolers and teachers as we waited for the tornado warnings to pass. A couple of cribs were designated as evacuation cribs in which a few babies would be placed to roll out in the hallway. Twos, Threes, and Fours were awakened quickly to come to the designated area. The teachers might try to sing with our preschoolers to keep them occupied and keep them from becoming afraid. We were blessed that we were never in the path of danger. A short while later all were safely back in their classrooms, but the preschoolers never went back to their naps!

Teaching in the Interest Areas

blocks area

You open Mission Friends Leader to plan this week’s session, and see all of the different interest areas listed: Art, Blocks, Books, Homeliving, Music and Movement, Nature, and Puzzles and Manipulatives. An activity is suggested for each interest area. You think, “Do I have to use all of the interest areas?”

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