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.

To learn more about Missions Explorers and project learning, read pages 19–20 in Mission Friends Guide for Leaders.

Missions Explorers April 2018

As preschoolers learn about the Maroney family and Missionary Kid (MK) schooling in Mission Friends this month, focus on the Christian concept area family for a Missions Explorers project. Make this a month-long project to explore how missionary families are like your preschoolers’ families and how they are different. Encourage preschoolers to work together to make a scrapbook to display their findings.

Lead preschoolers in a discussion about families of MKs and their own families. Ask preschoolers what they know about MKs and their families. Write their responses on a whiteboard or poster board. Ask what they would like to learn about MK families. Help preschoolers think of questions they have about MK families, and write their responses on the whiteboard. Questions could be:

  • What kinds of schools do they go to?
  • How do they learn another language?
  • What games do they play?
  • Do they eat the same foods as we eat?

Lead preschoolers to choose which questions or topics they will investigate during the month.

Each week, focus on one of the topics. Provide scrapbook paper or construction paper for each preschooler to make a scrapbook page about his own family, related to the topic. Provide materials so that preschoolers may draw, use pictures from magazines, or dictate statements about their family. Ask parents to print a photo of their family to provide for the scrapbook.

Also lead preschoolers to investigate missionaries’ families so they can make a scrapbook page on the week’s topic. Use pictures from Mission Friends Resource Kit and Pictures to share about the Maroney family. Use information provided in Mission Friends Leader in the April unit to guide discussion about missionary families.

Kindergartners may take the project a step further by making a cover for the scrapbook. Their writing skills are increasing by this time of year, and they can help by writing the title on the cover and labeling photos or drawings in the scrapbook.

At the end of the month, compile the scrapbook pages. Invite preschoolers to look through the scrapbook with you in Group Time. This can be a good review of what they learned about their families and missionary families. Display the scrapbook in your classroom, and encourage preschoolers to show the scrapbook pages to their parents.

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