Mission Friends

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.

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.

Josh's Journey

Remedy City Church Josh Carter

This month’s children’s resources include a story about Josh Carter in Portland, Oregon, and his call to serve God. We thought you would also enjoy learning more about his journey.

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.

A Life Transformed by God’s Unconditional Love

Jesus and Zacchaeus

In our unshakable pursuit to know God more, show His love unconditionally, and make disciples who make disciples, look at Jesus’ interactions with others.

We see many examples of Jesus’ unconditional love. In a story often used with preschoolers, we see unconditional love in Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus.

Zacchaeus had influence over other people’s lives and so do you. How is the demonstration of God’s unconditional love in your life drawing other people to Him?

Read Luke 19:1–10.

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?”

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos

Water fountain

The water fountain was in the hall outside of my office door where I directed a church weekday preschool program. Every day when parents picked up their toddlers or two-year-olds, they crossed by my doorway as their preschoolers made their daily stop at the water fountain. I told the parents that they should just install a water fountain in their home, and their child would be occupied for hours! If you watch preschoolers of this age at a water fountain, you see that many times they do not even drink the water. They simply watch as they repeatedly push the button and water comes up.

Project HELP: Refugees

refugees

Have you ever moved to a place where you did not know anyone? I have had the experience of moving to a new place where I did not know anyone, and finding my way around was hard enough. I already knew the language, used the same currency, and was familiar with the grocery store chains. When I think of refugees with all of the changes and transitions they have to make when they go to a new country, it must be overwhelming for them. Then add to this the trauma they went through that caused them to leave their country. The physical and emotional needs are great. As you become aware of the needs of refugees, let this lead you to pray for refugees and for those who serve in helping refugees.

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