Preschool Leaders

The Third Teacher

preschool classroom teachers and kids

Have you ever thought of your Mission Friends classroom as your third teacher? A few weeks ago I visited the Early Learning Demonstration Classroom at Childcare Resources, a local agency that provides training for child-care teachers and directors. They have recently opened a model classroom to provide hands-on training for teachers in understanding how to provide a classroom setting that encourages learning. When I visited the demonstration classroom, people from several local agencies gathered for our first visit and introduction to the classroom. As we walked around the classroom, two Childcare Resources consultants described the setup and uses of the learning centers and Group Time area. One of the consultants made the comment that the classroom really is the third teacher in the room. The classroom makes a difference in the ways preschoolers learn as well as what they learn.

Organizing for Mission Friends — Learning Styles

Learning styles

Preschoolers learn in many different ways. Let’s take a look at four different learning styles and how to choose activities based on these learning styles. Preschoolers usually show a preference to one of these learning styles, even as they learn through a combination of the styles. Think of the preschoolers in your Mission Friends group and consider what learning style each preschooler tends to favor. This will help you choose activities so your preschoolers will learn in the best ways for them.

Building Resilience within Preschoolers

A Caring Adult

In helping preschoolers build resilience, we must help them develop a sense of trust. Developing trust is one of the key tasks of the early years, and will affect the child’s development even in later years. In order to develop a sense of trust, the preschooler must feel loved and secure. Developing a sense of trust gives the preschooler inner strength and confidence that will then carry him through the challenges of life. The development of trust is also key in preschoolers’ faith development as they learn to trust in God. The following are four things you can give preschoolers to help them develop a sense of trust.

You’re Invited!

front of card

Spring is popping up, and it is a great time to invite preschoolers to Mission Friends. Make pop-up invitations to give during the spring months to families with preschoolers.

Digital Template: Landscape Graphic

landscape digital graphic

Download this landscape graphic to use in a variety of ways.

  • Place the graphic across the top of letters to parents.

  • Have your church’s website administrator make a page about your Mission Friends. Use the landscape graphic as a header on the page. Give information about your Mission Friends, such as the date, time, location, current Helping Others activities, and missions areas featured. Provide a link to wmu.com/preschool. (wmu.com/preschool)

  • Print out the graphic to use as a banner for your classroom.

  • Use the graphic in your church newsletter along with a story about how your Mission Friends are learning.

Understanding Preschoolers with Special Needs

SPD Child

A preschooler who overreacts when he gets paint or glue on his hands, or a preschooler who winces and covers her ears when the class plays rhythm instruments. Sensory processing disorder (SPD) may affect these preschoolers, causing their reactions to sensory input.

Using Technology with Preschoolers

sharing screen time

The preschoolers we teach today are called digital natives because they are growing up using technology. They know which apps are their games or stories on mom or dad’s phone. They swipe a tablet to read a preschool book, and they turn on the audio to hear the book being read to them. Technology is part of their everyday lives. How do we incorporate the use of technology in our Mission Friends classes?

Can We Talk?

Can We Talk?

Four-year-old Ellie and I were watching a stink bug crawl up a window frame.

“Where do you suppose he’s going?” I asked.

She paused. Then she said, “Probably to find some food.”

“Probably so,” I agreed. “I wonder what he eats.”

“I don’t know,” she replied.

“Me, either.”

She brightened. “Why don’t you Google it?”

She looked around, then brought me my phone, and we did, indeed, find out what stink bugs eat.

It was one of those wonder moments. Have you noticed that whenever there is a real conversation with a preschooler, a wonder moment is often involved? Funny how that works.

Meet the Writer: Janora Skeens

Janora Skeens

In our ongoing "Meet the Writer" series, we would like to introduce you to Janora Skeens. Janora has written for Mission Friends for many years. This year, she has written the International Mission Study 2017 Preschool Teaching Guide: Russia. Thank you, Janora, for sharing your heart for preschoolers with us!

Meet the Writer: Celeste Albaugh

I have always loved traveling, meeting people from other cultures, and exploring places around the world. This passion came from having been born in Great Britain and growing up as a military kid; my dad served in the United States Air Force for 26 years.

We moved every 3 ½ years of my life, and I attended 8 different schools. When we lived in California, I woke up early on Saturday morning, like any 6-year-old, to watch cartoons. However, this particular morning was different. The cartoons didn’t interest me. Instead, a TV show called The Treehouse Club by Child Evangelism Fellowship piqued my interest. After watching the show, while my parents were asleep, I started my personal relationship with Jesus.

In the various churches we attended as a family, I saw my parents model the importance of serving the Lord.

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