I spent last week attending the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting and the children’s missions camp during the Southern Baptist Convention meetings. My favorite part about the week in New Orleans was not the beignets, the jazz music, or the good food, but the time I got to spend in meeting the missionaries. I know we think about the children being excited to get to meet “Real Live Missionaries” (RLM), but I think I am still just as excited when I get to hear them speak of their ministries where they serve.
In preparing to lead a conference session on bullying at the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, I came across an interesting statement about preventing bullying from occurring. I had previously jotted this statement down while reading about bullying, and came across it again in my notes: The best way to prevent bullying is to guide children to be respectful and caring to all. In another place I read that bullying can be prevented by helping children develop empathy for others.
Playing peekaboo with a 9-month-old. Building a block airport with a 3-year-old. Playing a game with a kindergartner. In each of these examples, preschoolers learn through the different ways that they play. Through play, preschoolers learn to
carry on conversations
try new ideas
cooperate with others
School is out for the summer! The kindergartners are now rising first graders, and hardly seem like preschoolers any more. What are some things you can do in your Mission Friends class this summer to challenge those who have completed kindergarten?