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Does It Matter that I Teach Preschoolers in Mission Friends?

Teaching preschoolers matters

One of the advantages to being—um, seasoned—in life is that I have been able to watch children around me grow up. Well, OK, granted, it’s a little less than flattering when your dental assistant turns out to be your former student—when she was in elementary school. Or when you call for an appliance man to fix your freezer, and the young man who shows up at the door says, “Oh, hi. Weren’t you my librarian in sixth grade?”

Children do grow up! But maybe you have discovered, as I have, the feeling of gratification that comes as you realize you had a small part in helping that grown-up become what he or she has become.

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Digital Template: Landscape Graphic

Download this landscape graphic to use in a variety of ways.

Celebrate Preschoolers!

Preschoolers learning

What do you love about preschoolers? It may be their energy, the questions they ask, or their willingness to try something new. It could be their laughter, their hugs, or their creativity. It very well might be that all of these things are wrapped up in one special group of people: preschoolers! Across our nation, we celebrate preschoolers especially during the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) which is April 16–20, 2018. At church we can celebrate the precious lives of preschoolers whom God places in our care. Think of 1 way that you can celebrate preschoolers, reach out to families, or show appreciation to preschool teachers during WOYC. We share some simple ideas for making this a great week to celebrate your preschoolers in Mission Friends.

Easter with Your Preschoolers

Easter with Preschoolers

Easter is a time of joy and celebration. We are reminded of the price Christ paid for our sins on the cross and the power of His resurrection. We think about the empty tomb and the eternal life that God gives to us. For preschoolers, though, there is much about Easter that is beyond their understanding until later in their lives when they develop more abstract thought. There is also the temptation to focus on bunnies, colored eggs, and candy. How do we make Easter have meaning for preschoolers so they will grow toward God?

Selfless ambition — doing all things for the glory of Christ

Mahon Family

Through preaching, praying, and having a raw desire to be hospitable and evangelistic, the Mahon family have learned what it takes to rest, and grow in selfless ambition, for the glory to God. In 2006, Brian and Jenny married, after meeting at Clemson University. A couple of years into their marriage, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, for Brian to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at Southern, they had their son, Luke, and daughter, Kate. Jenny suggested that Brian pursue ministry when, “I couldn’t do much of anything without landing in a conversation about Christ,” shared Brian.

The Third Teacher

preschool classroom teachers and kids

Have you ever thought of your Mission Friends classroom as your third teacher? A few weeks ago I visited the Early Learning Demonstration Classroom at Childcare Resources, a local agency that provides training for child-care teachers and directors. They have recently opened a model classroom to provide hands-on training for teachers in understanding how to provide a classroom setting that encourages learning. When I visited the demonstration classroom, people from several local agencies gathered for our first visit and introduction to the classroom. As we walked around the classroom, two Childcare Resources consultants described the setup and uses of the learning centers and Group Time area. One of the consultants made the comment that the classroom really is the third teacher in the room. The classroom makes a difference in the ways preschoolers learn as well as what they learn.

You’re Invited!

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Spring is popping up, and it is a great time to invite preschoolers to Mission Friends. Make pop-up invitations to give during the spring months to families with preschoolers.

Digital Template: Landscape Graphic

landscape digital graphic

Download this landscape graphic to use in a variety of ways.

  • Place the graphic across the top of letters to parents.

  • Have your church’s website administrator make a page about your Mission Friends. Use the landscape graphic as a header on the page. Give information about your Mission Friends, such as the date, time, location, current Helping Others activities, and missions areas featured. Provide a link to wmu.com/preschool. (wmu.com/preschool)

  • Print out the graphic to use as a banner for your classroom.

  • Use the graphic in your church newsletter along with a story about how your Mission Friends are learning.

Start Something New

MFL cover Spring

Many families that homeschool their older children also have preschoolers in their household. Start something new by giving suggestions to parents who homeschool of ways to encourage missions learning.

Homeschoolers can use Mission Friends Leader as a resource for missions learning activities in the home. One way of using the materials is to tell the mission story from Group Time at the beginning of the week, and then intersperse activities from the interest areas for that session throughout the week. As their preschoolers learn about the featured missionaries, the family can write messages or make cards to send to the missionaries using the contact information provided on the Meet the Missionaries page each month. The Helping Others activity suggestions could be instrumental in homeschoolers involving their family in serving others in their community.

Using Technology with Preschoolers

sharing screen time

The preschoolers we teach today are called digital natives because they are growing up using technology. They know which apps are their games or stories on mom or dad’s phone. They swipe a tablet to read a preschool book, and they turn on the audio to hear the book being read to them. Technology is part of their everyday lives. How do we incorporate the use of technology in our Mission Friends classes?

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