Preschool

Talking to Parents

talking to parents

A preschooler’s parent might say to you, “Let me know what I can do to help.” Talk with this parent about being involved by giving a hand with Helping Others activities for preschoolers. We want preschoolers to have experiences in making things or doing things to share Jesus’ love with others. Planning and organizing Helping Others activities is a perfect way to involve a parent in helping in their preschooler’s activities at church.

Understanding Preschoolers: Spiritual Growth

Christian Concept areas

Active, full of energy, and imaginative are a few words to describe preschoolers. We can see their growth physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. What about their spiritual growth? How do we know that preschoolers are growing spiritually? Read over the following lists for an overview of ways we can see their spiritual growth.

Attention-Grabbing Group Time: Closing

group time

Think of the Group Time you had in Mission Friends® last week. You had a great way of introducing the mission story, kept the preschoolers engaged with your storytelling skills, and shared in Prayertime with your preschoolers. What happened after you said “Amen”? Keep your preschoolers engaged with a strong closing to your Group Time.

For each session in Mission Friends, the Group Time plans include a suggestion for a closing activity. The closing activities are designed to do one of the following purposes.

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.

Decode the WMU Emphasis for Preschoolers

by all means

Love God and love others. This is one of the teachings of Jesus that we want to teach our preschoolers through missions discipleship. As we look at the By All Means emphasis of WMU, one of the purposes of the emphasis is to encourage us as believers to create opportunities to demonstrate the love of Christ. We can express this purpose to preschoolers by helping them realize ways they can show God’s love to others.

  • Talk with preschoolers about the ways Jesus showed love to others. Use Bible stories that give examples of ways Jesus showed love to others, such as the stories of Jesus healing the blind man, feeding the people, or loving the children. Use a book such as Good Things Jesus Did to help you talk about how Jesus showed love to others.

  • Say the following Bible thoughts with your preschoolers.

Families on Mission

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.


Play and Learn June 2017

Play Bilboquet

Supplies: 2 dowels or unsharpened pencils, glue, 2 pieces of string, 2 small plastic cups

Look at the picture of the bilboquet [beel-boh-KAY] at right. Say: This was a favorite game of the French Canadians and the Inuit people. The game’s name comes from two French words. The word bille means ball. The word bouquet means small piece of wood.

Connect the Dots

connect the dots

Our task was to connect the dots continuously, without raising the pencil from the paper. The conference leader gave us a handout with a grid of nine dots (Photo 1). After several minutes of agonizing to complete the task, she showed us the answer to the problem. The line had to be drawn outside of the grid of dots (Photo 2). We needed to think outside the box or grid in order to accomplish the task.

2017 Mission Friends Christmas in August

Christmas in August

1. Select one missionary from the list.

2. Send home a note encouraging families to participate with their child. A note you can fill in is at wmu.com/preschool on the Free Downloads page. List items the missionary requests. Remind parents that all gifts should be new.

3. Leave the gifts unwrapped.

4. Send only the items requested because storage can be a problem.

5. If Mission Friends® make cards for the missionary, remind them that they may not hear back from that person because it takes the missionaries lots of time and costs money to write and mail notes to all the churches who send gifts.

The missionaries expressed gratitude for your support when they sent their requests. They are excited about receiving these items.

Ministering to Military Families

military family

With Memorial Day, we remember with gratitude those who have given their lives for our country. On this day, we also turn our thoughts and prayers to those who currently serve in our military. We share this article with you again for ideas on ministering to military families.

You may be near a military base with many military personnel, have one military family in your church, or have a family with a member in the National Guard or Reserves. As a preschool leader in the church, this is an opportunity for you to serve these families in a special way. As they entrust their preschooler to you while at church, this may open doors for you to reach out to military families. There are also opportunities to minister to military families outside the church.

Each military family has its own strengths and needs. Use these ideas as possibilities for ministry to the needs of military families. Realize that these are ideas for ministry to any military family, not just to those with a family member who has PTSD. Following are ways to give care and support to all military families.

News from Holly Procita

Prayer, Calgary, Holly Procita, Preschool

With the arrival of summer, many churches in the US relax their children’s ministry schedules. This is not the case with Southwinds Church in Calgary! Holly Procita, Community Outreach Coordinator at Southwinds, tells us Calgary experiences snow and cold weather for 8 to 10 months each year. Calgarians love the opportunity to be outside when the weather is warm. So, summer is the prime time to reach out to families.

Southwinds hosts between 6 and 10 summer camps each year. As you read this, Holly and her ministry team are working tirelessly to wrap up all the details for this year’s summer camps. The camps include sports camps, music and drama camps, and Kid’s Camp, which most of us would call Vacation Bible School.

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