Preschool Leaders

Extending the Story: Always Remember to Pray

Always Remember to Pray

Using activities related to a story or book is a way of extending what preschoolers learn by giving them experiences connected to the story. When you read Always Remember to Pray, by Robin McCall, extend the story with activities related to prayer. Talk about prayer and tell preschoolers we are talking to God when we pray. Encourage preschoolers to think about ways they can pray at any time and any place. The following activities will extend the story and help preschoolers learn more about prayer.

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.


Digital Templates: Computer Slide

Let people in your church know about Mission Friends! Each quarter you will find a different digital template with ideas for using the item. Download this computer slide about Mission Friends to use in a variety of ways in your church. There are 3 versions, standard and widescreen, and PDF files you can copy to put in your program, depending on the capacity of your computer presentation program.

Missions Explorers

Missions Explorers

Project Learning

Preschoolers can do project learning. In Mission Friends project learning is what Missions Explorers is all about. It’s fun, and it’s easy. And it’s optional. Here are some things to remember when doing projects with young children:

Set up a special area in your classroom for project learning. Include necessary supplies and additional materials such as brochures, books, teaching pictures (many are on the Internet), and a box, pocket folder, or large envelope where preschoolers can keep their work.

Label supplies and keep them in separate boxes such as one for crayons, one for scissors, one for paper, etc.

As preschoolers investigate and learn more about their project, make a list of what they have learned on chart paper. Or have them draw what they have investigated and done on butcher paper. Preschoolers can draw or write about their findings.

Be sure to have a time for sharing what preschoolers have learned while working on their project(s). Invite parents and guests to attend the Project Presentation.

Preschool Missions Focus

International Deaf Ministry

 

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.

Leading Multiple Ages

I walked about the preschool space holding a 6-month-old in my arms, and doing the activities with a 2-year-old. My co-teacher did an activity with the 2-year-old using chenille stems while the 6-month-old and I carried on conversation about what they were doing. At another time during the session, I had to pay more attention to the needs of the 6-month-old. During that time, the 2-year-old worked quietly with a puzzle.

This may be a familiar scenario if you work with multiple ages in one Mission Friends® class. Many smaller churches have one preschool class with all ages combined. Even if there is a class for younger and older preschoolers, there might be multiple ages within those broad age ranges. Blended age groups can sometimes be a challenge, but it can be done!

Organizing for Mission Friends

Organizing for Mission Friends

 

Do you want a tool that will help make your planning for Mission Friends® easier? The Mission Friends Plan Sheet is your tool! Using the plan sheet helps you to plan the whole month at one time, and cuts down on the amount of time you have to spend in weekly planning.

Understanding Preschoolers with Special Needs

Autism image

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability identified in about 1 in 68 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 Autism can be diagnosed in preschoolers as early as age 2, and many parents notice developmental delays in their child during the first year. As a preschool teacher at church, you may have a time when you teach a preschooler who has autism. What are some ways of teaching and caring for a preschooler with autism?

  • Begin by including the preschooler and his or her parents in your prayers. Pray for God to guide you as you become a part of this preschooler’s life through church activities.

  • Stay connected with the preschooler’s parents. Ask the parents what skills they are working on at home and how you can include these as you care for the preschooler at church. Communicate with the parents often.

Building Resilience within Preschoolers

Resilience

“Get up, brush off, and run on,” a teacher says to a preschooler who falls on the playground as she helps him brush the leaves off his knees. This may be an example that comes to mind when we think of a preschooler’s resilience. What helps them bounce back after something bad happens? From a fall on the playground, they might have a scraped knee where we can see they are physically hurt. How can we help preschoolers to build resilience when they experience emotional trauma or stress?

Start Something New

Preschool classroom

Think about having Mission Friends® in a new way! Does your church have a day care center, part-day preschool weekday program, or Mom’s Morning Out? Mission Friends is excellent in these settings, also. This is a way to connect preschoolers and missions learning in new ways. Talk with the director and teachers of the program. Show them the materials and resources for Mission Friends. Brainstorm together about ways to incorporate missions discipleship into their curriculum plans. The options below will give you some ideas for missions learning within a church weekday child care setting.

Developing a Heart for Missions

Jason and baby

We are thrilled to share the following devotion from Jason Hyche, one of the preschoolers in Robin McCall’s first Mission Friends® class. We pray that as you read Jason’s words, you will see that by teaching preschoolers today, you are touching the future.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means, I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel that I may share in its blessings”
(1 Cor. 9:22–23).

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