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Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos

toddlers playing

Two-year-old Emma puts down a stacking toy and turns around to pick up a foam ball. When Nathan picks up the stacking toy a minute later, Emma grabs it back and says defiantly, “Mine!” In the time between 18–24 months old, preschoolers begin going through this stage when you will hear their adamant statements of “Mine” and “No.” We typically think of this stage as part of social development, but it is also shows there are milestones being made in the preschooler’s mental development. During this time the preschooler begins to gain independence and is able to do more physically as he gains control of his body (running, climbing, potty training). He also asserts his independence mentally as he realizes he is a separate person from his parents or other caregivers. Those statements of “No” are his way of showing his desire to think for himself.

Others in the World

children of the world

“You mean they don’t have a church to go to?” One of our preschoolers asked this question as we talked about the special workers during the recent Mission Friends unit on North Africa and the Middle East.

Praying for Child #14

praying for a child

I don’t know her name, but I have prayed for child #14 since the beginning of this school year. At that time, a friend from my church, who teaches Kindergarten in public school, posted on Facebook to ask friends to cover her class of 19 children in prayer through the year.

Christmas in August: Preschool

Little girl in front of christmas tree

Involve preschoolers in sharing with others through Christmas in August. Encourage preschoolers to bring items listed below for a missionary to be used within his or her ministry.

Counting in Japanese

Counting

Ichi, ni, san, shi, go.” You might hear us counting in Japanese if you come by my Mission Friends class. Sometimes in our sessions, you will hear preschoolers carrying on a conversation in Japanese.

Christmas in August for Mission Friends

Christmas in August
  1. Select one missionary from the list.

  2. Send home a note to parents to remind them to encourage their child to participate. List items the missionary requests. Remind parents that these are to be new items.

  3. Do not wrap the items. Send only the items requested because storage can be a problem.

  4. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or email address for the missionary to acknowledge receipt of your gifts.

  5. If Mission Friends® make cards for the missionary, remind them that, other than the postcard, they may not hear from that person because correspondence is time consuming and expensive.

The missionaries expressed gratitude for your support when they sent their requests. They are excited about receiving these items.

The Bible Tells Me So

Use the Bible

The song we sing so often with preschoolers, “Jesus Loves Me,” speaks of the Bible. “Jesus loves me! this I know, For the Bible tells me so.”1 The Bible is how God makes Himself known to us, and because of this, it is a foundational concept area that we want to teach preschoolers.

During May, Bible is the Christian concept area in Mission Friends. These are the truths about the Bible to focus on this month as you teach your preschoolers.

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.

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