Next Steps in Teaching Mission Friends

Planning to train

Professional teachers are required to take career development courses in order to keep current with trends in education and to glean fresh new ideas. Professional development helps us bring best practices into our classrooms. For teachers in the church, professional development is not required, but it certainly benefits our children and our ministry to gain as much training as possible.

Because most of us who work in preschool or children’s ministry also have many responsibilities with our families and homes and careers, our discretionary time is limited. Scheduling additional time for weekend or evening conferences can be difficult. We know that your time is precious, so we offer a number of resources that will help you keep up-to-date with trends in teaching at church, as well as the tried-and-true methods of working with preschoolers.

Here are a few ways you can learn more about teaching preschoolers—without ever leaving your home!

  1. Check out our online articles for leaders. Here you will find features specifically written to help you meet the needs of your preschoolers, manage your classroom, and communicate with parents.

  2. Discover more about project learning on our Missions Explorers page. Project learning is an exciting way to take missions learning a step further. Preschoolers are given the opportunity to think about what they already know and what they would like learn. Then, throughout the month they investigate a variety of resources to find the answers to their own questions. Missions Explorers personalizes learning, and the projects also offer a natural way to include parents in the fun!

  3. Go to Free Downloads on wmu.com/preschool for tips and tricks about organizing your room, to learn more about Christian concept areas and storytelling, and to download a free series of books to supplement your sessions.

  4. Read Mission Friends Guide for Leaders for comprehensive information about teaching Mission Friends. This book is available in print or as a download. The Guide for Leaders offers information about the Biblical mandate for missions, how to incorporate the WMU objectives into your teaching, how to start a Mission Friends organization, and how to plan for, teach, and customize Mission Friends materials for your church.

  5. Take your teaching to a new level with our Develop courses for Mission Friends leaders. These courses give you in-depth information, such as how preschoolers learn and how to set up and use the interest areas to teach. Additionally, you have the opportunity to correspond directly with our Mission Friends consultant, Joye Smith. Joye says, “Taking the courses or getting the Mission Friends Leadership Certificate certainly shows dedication to serving as a Mission Friends teacher.”

  6. Visit us through social media. Each week on Facebook we share resources and ideas for teaching, and we regularly update our interest area and teaching boards on Pinterest.

So, what are you waiting for? As summer approaches, explore all of these resources to begin preparing for your next church year. As always, if you have tips for teaching, we would love to hear them. Connect with us on Facebook, or email your suggestions to preschool@wmu.org.

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