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 February 2018

Threes and Fours

Plants and Animals of the Amazon

Show preschoolers picture books about the Amazon. Focus on the amazing plants and animals that are unique to that area. Tell preschoolers that Mr. and Mrs. Parker are missionaries in the Amazon and that they travel from one village to another telling people stories from the Bible.

Tell preschoolers that God made some amazing plants and animals in the Amazon. Mr. and Mrs. Parker and their children probably see a lot of the animals and plants as they travel. Ask preschoolers what they would like to learn about the plants and animals of the Amazon.

Each week bring picture books and invite preschoolers to create artistic renderings of the animals and plants they are learning about. Make an art center available that includes feathers, fabric, yarn, construction paper, glue, scissors, colored pencils, and other items that preschoolers might need to create their art. Ask preschoolers to describe the plant or animal they are learning about and scribe their words onto a piece of paper to accompany the art piece. Hang preschoolers’ art on a wall in your room or on a bulletin board in a church hallway to create an art gallery.

In your gallery, include a copy of the front page of one of the February leaflets from Mission Friends at Home, and a note explaining that Mission Friends are learning about missions in the Amazon. Invite your church members to ask Mission Friends what they have learned.

Kindergarten

Ways Missionaries Travel

Show preschoolers picture books about the Amazon. Focus on the jungles, rivers, and mountains. Tell preschoolers that Mr. and Mrs. Parker are missionaries in the Amazon and that they travel from one village to another telling people stories from the Bible.

Ask preschoolers how they think the missionaries would have to travel from one place to another. Ask preschoolers if they remember other ways that missionaries sometimes travel. Highlight methods of travel such as boats, bikes, railroads, planes, tuk tuks, and buses (Don’t forget that 1 mode of travel is using your feet!)

Ask preschoolers what they would like to learn about different ways of travel that missionaries use to get from one place to another. Provide resources for preschoolers to explore different kinds of transportation and travel.

As preschoolers discover different types of transportation, invite them to choose a way to display the information they have collected. They may choose to create a book, a mural, a tri-fold poster display, or posters. Or, they may think of other ways such as using toy transportation vehicles and creating backdrops for them. Allow preschoolers to use their creativity and imaginations.

Culminate the unit by inviting families to join you for a show-and-tell party where preschoolers demonstrate what they have learned.

During the party, take time to pray for Mr. and Mrs. Parker as they travel around the Amazon, and for missionaries who are using different modes of transportation around the world.

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