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 May 2018

Homes around the World

During May in Mission Friends, preschoolers are learning about Cynthia Martin’s work with refugees in Las Vegas, Nevada. Preschoolers will learn how Mrs. Martin helps refugees make a home in the United States. Focus the Missions Explorers project this month on learning about homes in different places around the world. Preschoolers will build a 3-D display about different kinds of homes.

Homes around the world

Provide picture books or photos from the Internet that show a variety of homes in different places. Include pictures such as a home in the desert, in the mountains, on stilts, a high-rise apartment building, or a thatched-roof home. Talk with preschoolers about the different homes. Ask preschoolers why people live in different kinds of houses. Tell preschoolers that it is important for all families to have a home, and Mrs. Martin helps families as they move to the United States and find a home.

Encourage preschoolers to work together to make a display about homes. Help them decide on the kinds of homes they will make. The displays could be made in shoe boxes or on a cardboard base. Preschoolers can paint or draw a background, such as the desert, a city, or mountains. Provide materials for them to make a different type of home each week. Materials to consider: boxes, cardboard, raffia, paper bags, sandpaper, modeling clay, foil, potato-chip cans, craft sticks, twine, and construction paper.

Kindergartners can make labels for each home in the display as you help them with spelling and writing. They may be able to do some of the more detailed skills such as cutting smaller pieces from paper.

At the end of the unit, invite parents to view the display of homes preschoolers have made. Ask preschoolers to share what they learned about homes around the world. Let preschoolers tell of ways to pray for Mrs. Martin as she helps people from other countries as they find a home in the United States.

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