Preschool Leaders

9 Ways to Find New Leaders

Teaching Preschoolers

How do I find new Mission Friends leaders? You might be adding another Mission Friends class or splitting an already crowded class and need new leaders as soon as possible. A teacher has moved or an illness prevents a teacher from serving. You might be looking ahead to the new church year in the fall, and this is the time of year when you start searching for leadership. We share 9 different ways to find the new leaders you need.

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.

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.

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.

Learning How to Know God More

praying preschooler

“He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’” (Matt. 18:2–5 NIV1).

The longer I work with preschoolers and children, the more I realize their benefit to me in knowing God more. I often think about all the things I need to teach them to help them follow Christ when, in fact, they are teaching me! Certain things I notice about preschoolers remind me of the example of Christ.

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.

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