Preschool

How to Grab Preschooler’s Attention—Introductory Activities

Introductory Activity

Getting preschoolers’ attention is no easy task! Keeping it is even harder. Preschoolers don’t always understand that you have to pause and listen when someone’s talking, or that it’s considered bad manners to talk and play while someone is speaking. They haven’t yet learned how to delay self-gratification! So, when you’re beginning your introduction to Group Time, it’s important to do something that will grab and keep your little ones’ attention! Here are some examples:

A New Year in Mission Friends

to-do list

Here is a To Do list for the beginning of the new church year in Mission Friends.

Caring for Families

Caring for families

As you teach preschoolers, you are in a unique position of showing care to families who have a child with special needs. You may have preschoolers with special needs in your class, and that gives you the opportunity to come to know the parents and the needs within the family. What are some ways that you can minister to a family with a special needs child?

By All Means

By All Means

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Cor. 9:22–23 NIV1).

“Camp is for the camper.” I heard that statement many times from our GA/Acteens camp director, Ruth Bagwell, as I served as a camp counselor while a college student. When she said this, the camp counselors knew she meant that camp was not about us, but was about those girls who were coming to experience camp. As a camp counselor, that might mean getting up early when the girls in your cabin voted on a breakfast cookout, being in a silly skit to make the girls laugh, or sharing your testimony in front of a group of campers. It meant that we sometimes had to get out of our comfort zone to do things that would most benefit the campers.

Making

making a sand castle

Do you remember making something as a child? I remember making doll clothes and being so proud of what I made. The doll clothes became more complicated as I got older and learned how to sew, and it was fun to make outfits for my doll to go on a picnic or whatever I was playing with her at the moment. I also remember making other things such as loom pot holders and dying Easter eggs. I loved making things!

Our preschoolers today also enjoy making things. There is a whole “making” movement that is making its way even within preschool education. We have seen it for a while now in adults with do-it-yourself projects being so popular. Now we are seeing the making movement arising for preschoolers and children. Much of making with preschoolers involves science, technology, arts, and math. Preschoolers are encouraged to experiment and explore in building structures, taking apart equipment, or using various art media. Preschoolers might combine technology with other areas, such as using printed photos as a background for their painting.

Recycling Resources

reusing materials

Do you subscribe to the Mission Friends Leader Kit and Mission Friends Leader Picture Set or the Mission Friends Resource Kit and Pictures? Have you ever thought about recycling these resources after you have finished teaching each unit?

Picture set pictures could become puzzles in a unit about a similar ministry or missions area. Resource kit items, especially books, posters, stand-up figures, and teaching pictures are adaptable to other units. And, both provide pictures that could be cut out for use in activities calling for magazine pictures.

So, grab some boxes, folders, envelopes, or ziplock plastic bags, and pieces of poster board for dividers. Try these suggestions for categories to file the pictures and kit items so that you can easily find and reuse them:

Group Picture Set pictures by categories such as:

An Update from Josh Lenon:

Lenon family

The past year has been a crazy one for Red Door. We have experienced a lot of joy in seeing the gospel take hold of our lives: believers beginning to share their faith, new believers being baptized, and growing as a church as a church both in numbers and in passion. We have also experienced a lot of loss. Recently one of our core leaders who has been with Red Door since the beginning, and who was working with us in the new plant, was tragically killed in an auto accident. He left behind an awesome wife and three awesome kiddos (7, 3, and 1). This tragedy has rocked our church pretty hard and we have grieved in many ways. But we have grieved as those with hope! (1 Thess. 4).

Prepare Preschoolers for a Postmodern Culture

Our preschool group looked at a photo of the missionary family we studied that month in Mission Friends. We had been learning about this missionary family for a few weeks. I had just finished telling our mission story for the week of how the missionaries tell others about Jesus. One of the 3-year-olds leaned in to look at the picture and asked, “Are they real?” At first, it struck me as an odd question. Of course, they are real. As I thought about it, I realized that this question is indicative of the current times in which photos are altered and what seems to be real may not be the truth.

Searching for reality and truth is part of the postmodern world of which our preschoolers are a part. Preschoolers are growing up with a postmodern worldview that people can determine their own truth. Growing up as postmodernists, preschoolers will also have a much more global worldview than previous generations.

Thank You!

Christmas in August

Does Christmas in August® make a difference? According to Arlene Miller of Impact Ministry in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, your Christmas in August gifts last year made an eternal difference in the lives of many people:

“Thank you for allowing Impact Ministry to be included on the Mission Friends (Christmas in August) list of ministries to get donations. It has been such a blessing to get boxes and letters. Many of the boxes contained pictures and items that the children had made. Most of them had a note saying they had prayed for us . . . We know that the prayers of all of those collecting and packing the boxes were heard and His Holy Spirit touched hearts and people were saved. Several people gave their heart to Jesus these past few months as they met with our spiritual counselors the day they came for assistance. . . .

It was one day that I had opened a box of Christmas in August gifts and read the note that they prayed for us as they packed the box, that I realized this is why we are seeing more people saved. More people are praying . . . What an awesome God!!!!!”

All for You

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’” (Mark 8:34 NIV1).

Debbie Akerman closes her book Secrets to Surrender with these words: "We each have only one life to offer Jesus our Lord and King. What will our final words be at the close of our life? Will they reflect a life surrendered completely to Jesus? Will our final words be of the joy of giving our all as a living sacrifice? Will they be an encouragement to others to serve the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind until Jesus returns? Will they reveal an all-for-You life?"

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