Preschool Leaders

Let’s All Work Together!

Child at Blackboard - How to Work Together

In the early childhood years, foundations are laid for salvation, making it essential that churches provide a well-balanced ministry for preschoolers and children.

Project HELP: Refugees -- Stories of Those Who Help

Fondra Magee works with refugees in Washington.

In Mission Friends we have shared the stories of missionaries who work with refugees, both in North America and internationally. We also want to share the stories of people who help refugees in their own communities, whether through their church, job position, or a community organization. Their stories will inspire you, and also give ideas about ways we can help within our own communities.

Ready, Set, Teach!

Mission Friends Leader

You’re off to a great start in teaching Mission Friends this year! Your teaching materials have arrived, so now what?

Here are some ideas to help you prepare for a session in Mission Friends:

6 Ways to Navigate Your Preschoolers’ “No” and “Mine” Stage

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!”

Make Jesus the Focus in Teaching Preschoolers

During VBS one year, one of the teachers taught in our church’s VBS in the morning and then taught children in VBS at a Spanish church in the evenings. She took her 10-year-old son to VBS at both churches. The evenings were a repeat of the activities he had done in the mornings.

Teaching the Talkative, Praying for Patience

In my Mission Friends, we have a 4-year-old little boy who never stops talking. I mean nev-er. He bursts in the room telling us excitedly about the airplane he’s made with his paper from preschool choir. Even while he’s doing everyday things like washing his hands, his head is turned to tell you something. I’m telling the mission story, and he’s talking away.

Project HELP: Refugees

Refugees

Vivian’s Mission Friends made a giant card and filled snack bags to give the teachers and aids who teach in the English as a Learned Language department at the high school across the street from their church. Vivian wrote Thank you on the front of the card. Beforehand, she printed from her computer the words Thank you in different languages in large font size, and the preschoolers glued these collage style inside the card. They decorated the card with stickers and drawings. Vivian delivered the card and snack bags to the teachers the next day. What a treat and encouragement this must have been to these teachers!

5 Steps to Create Dynamic Interest Areas

Puzzles

Are the interest areas in your Mission Friends classroom actually interesting? How do you make the interest areas to be the places where preschoolers are engaged in learning about missions? We offer five things you can do to boost the interest in your interest areas.

 

Security Measures

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Preschoolers thrive and learn better in an environment in which they feel safe and secure. In the climate of the world in which we now live, churches must take extra precautions to make sure that preschoolers are secure when they are in the church’s care. These are important security issues to consider in protecting preschoolers.
 

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos

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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.

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