Preschool Leaders

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

sign in parent

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

toddlers playing

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.

Deep and Wide

deep, wide fountain

As a preschooler, I remember singing a song called “Deep and Wide.” It was a fun song to sing, but I didn’t really understand that the song was referring to God’s love (Eph. 3:18). I did understand that the Sunday School teachers who taught it to me loved and cared for me.

Unshakable Pursuit

Unconditional Love

What other words express what it means to show God’s love unconditionally? With a quick search in a thesaurus for the word unconditional, some other words that came up were total, unrestricted, unreserved, unobstructed, unhindered, and limitless. The word that caught my attention, though, was unqualified. Usually we think of a person who is unqualified as someone who is not equipped or untrained for a position. For example, we might think a person is unqualified for a job position because she does not have the training, skills, or experience to do that particular job. Without a background in that field, the person is unqualified.

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.

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?”

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