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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?”

Asking Questions

Asking questions

“What does this do?” I asked as I pulled a wrench out of a bag at Group Time in Mission Friends. Our mission story last week was about the Cases and volunteers who helped people rebuild their homes after a fire. I had some tools in a bag, and we had already talked about the hammer and hacksaw. “It turns things,” said Atsu, who is 4 years old. He started moving his arms up and down, and said, “It turns things you have to hold.”

It was evident from his words and motions that Atsu had seen a wrench being used before. In answering the question, he was recalling or remembering how he had seen a wrench being used. He showed his understanding about the tool as he explained how it is used and acted this out with his arm movements.

God’s Creation

Cinthy and Cliff Case

As preschoolers learn about missions work in the country of Chile during February in Mission Friends, they will also learn about God’s creation as the Christian Concept Area. I think it is appropriate to focus on God’s creation in learning about the people and country of Chile. This is a country of such vast differences in landscapes, and it serves as a great backdrop for teaching preschoolers of God’s creation. There are mountains, desert, and beaches within this long, thin country. This provides us many opportunities to talk about God’s creation as the area that we focus on spiritually with preschoolers.

Reflections on what I’ve learned this month in GA (and Mission Friends and RA)

A few weeks ago, our Mission Friends leaders asked if I'd like to partner together to make s'mores as we studied about Barry and Amy Rager and their ministry in Indianapolis.

What Is a Concept Area?

Concept areas foundation

A question I have received a few times lately is: What does it mean when I see “Concept Area” in Mission Friends Leader? You can see this each month on the Meet the Missionary page, and in the shaded box at the top of each session page. Along with the missions area, the Concept Area is what Mission Friends teachers focus on each month. The concept area directs our conversations, the Bible thoughts we use, and activities that we do with preschoolers during the month. The concept areas help us guide preschoolers as they begin their faith journey.

Multiply by Dividing

Multiply by dividing

Do you remember learning the multiplication tables? Ugh! I was never good at memorizing and never good with numbers, so learning the multiplication tables was quite a task for me as a child. I liked geometry, but not doing math that is multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

Checklist for the New Year

Supplies

With the arrival of a new year, this is a good time to make sure you have everything you need to teach Mission Friends. Even if you have a supply cabinet or resource room for teaching supplies, you’ll want to check off this list every week.

Free Downloads for Mission Friends

WMU provides a number of free Mission Friends downloads for your church and families. Scroll down the page to see all our downloads.

Giving to Missions

giving to missions

As the time for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering  is on my mind, I have been thinking about how we teach preschoolers about giving to missions. In this world of online banking, direct deposit, debit and credit cards, how do we begin teaching preschoolers about financial giving?

Tips for the Christmas Season in Mission Friends

Cambodian Nativity WorldCrafts https://www.wmustore.com/cambodian-nativity

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love everything about it: decorating the tree, setting out my Nativities, sending and receiving cards, baking goodies, singing Christmas songs, and wrapping Christmas presents. There are family traditions that we all like to keep.

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