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.


December 2017

Threes and Fours

Making a Joyful Noise

In advance, look online for music activities for preschoolers. Prepare some of these activities to use each week with your preschoolers.

Tell 3s and 4s that Nolan and Kimberly Grogan* are special workers in Russia. Wherever the Grogans live, they want to be a part of their community. They join with their community so that they can demonstrate God’s love for every person. Music was one way the Grogan family connected with their community. The Grogans’ daughters joined several children’s choirs as they were growing up. The girls learned about music while they sang with the choir.

Ask your preschoolers what they know about music. Ask them what they would like to learn about music.

Each week prepare a variety of music activities. Include activities that teach rhythms, musical notes and rests, and pitch. Teach preschoolers a few simple praise songs. Take pictures and/or videos to document what preschoolers are learning.

As the unit concludes, compile a slideshow or video showing what preschoolers have learned. Ask your church media specialist to show the video during morning announcements or to place it on your church’s website to invite other preschoolers to join you in Mission Friends®.

Ask your minister of music if it would be possible to have your preschoolers sing one of the songs during a worship service.

*Names changed

 

Kindergarten

Quilting

In advance, gather a few quilts to show preschoolers. Enlist the help of quilters in your church. Ask them to bring quilting supplies so that preschoolers can experiment with quilting.

Tell preschoolers that Nolan and Kimberly Grogan are special workers in Russia. Wherever the Grogans live, they want to be part of their community. They look for ways to join other people so that they can tell those people about God’s love.

Share that Mrs. Grogan enjoys making quilts. She teaches this craft to women in her community. While the women and girls join her to create quilts, she can talk to them about Jesus. Explain preschoolers that all over the world, women come together to create quilts. When they gather in community to quilt, the women talk together and pray together. Sometimes they spend whole days together creating quilts.

Ask kindergartners what they know about quilts. Ask them what they would like to learn. Each week bring books about quilts and quilting. Invite quilters in your church to demonstrate quilting. Invite preschoolers to create a simple quilt square.

As they work, as them to imagine how Mrs. Grogan uses her quilting times to tell women about God’s love. Ask them to share the stories they think she might tell.

At the end of the unit, invite families to join you to see what their children have created. If desired, frame the squares your preschoolers have quilted and display them in a church hallway. Create a sign showing that the squares were created by Mission Friends. Include the date, time, and place of your class.

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