Preschool Leaders

6 Ways to Navigate Your Preschoolers’ “No” and “Mine” Stage

Two-year-old Emma puts down a stacking toy and turns around to pick up a foam ball. When Nathan picks up the stacking toy a minute later, Emma grabs it back and says defiantly, “Mine!”

Make Jesus the Focus in Teaching Preschoolers

During VBS one year, one of the teachers taught in our church’s VBS in the morning and then taught children in VBS at a Spanish church in the evenings. She took her 10-year-old son to VBS at both churches. The evenings were a repeat of the activities he had done in the mornings.

Teaching the Talkative, Praying for Patience

In my Mission Friends, we have a 4-year-old little boy who never stops talking. I mean nev-er. He bursts in the room telling us excitedly about the airplane he’s made with his paper from preschool choir. Even while he’s doing everyday things like washing his hands, his head is turned to tell you something. I’m telling the mission story, and he’s talking away.

5 Steps to Create Dynamic Interest Areas

Are the interest areas in your Mission Friends classroom actually interesting? How do you make the interest areas to be the places where preschoolers are engaged in learning about missions? We offer five things you can do to boost the interest in your interest areas.

Ideas for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

Mission Friends Leader

Sometimes you just need more to do with Mission Friends. It might be that you meet 5 times a month and there are only 4 sessions in Mission Friends Leader, what do you do?

 

Project HELP: Refugees

Refugees

Vivian’s Mission Friends made a giant card and filled snack bags to give the teachers and aids who teach in the English as a Learned Language department at the high school across the street from their church. Vivian wrote Thank you on the front of the card. Beforehand, she printed from her computer the words Thank you in different languages in large font size, and the preschoolers glued these collage style inside the card. They decorated the card with stickers and drawings. Vivian delivered the card and snack bags to the teachers the next day. What a treat and encouragement this must have been to these teachers!

5 Steps to Create Dynamic Interest Areas

Puzzles

Are the interest areas in your Mission Friends classroom actually interesting? How do you make the interest areas to be the places where preschoolers are engaged in learning about missions? We offer five things you can do to boost the interest in your interest areas.

 

Security Measures

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Preschoolers thrive and learn better in an environment in which they feel safe and secure. In the climate of the world in which we now live, churches must take extra precautions to make sure that preschoolers are secure when they are in the church’s care. These are important security issues to consider in protecting preschoolers.
 

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos

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Two-year-old Emma puts down a stacking toy and turns around to pick up a foam ball. When Nathan picks up the stacking toy a minute later, Emma grabs it back and says defiantly, “Mine!” In the time between 18–24 months old, preschoolers begin going through this stage when you will hear their adamant statements of “Mine” and “No.” We typically think of this stage as part of social development, but it is also shows there are milestones being made in the preschooler’s mental development. During this time the preschooler begins to gain independence and is able to do more physically as he gains control of his body (running, climbing, potty training). He also asserts his independence mentally as he realizes he is a separate person from his parents or other caregivers. Those statements of “No” are his way of showing his desire to think for himself.

Christmas in August for Mission Friends

Christmas in August
  1. Select one missionary from the list.

  2. Send home a note to parents to remind them to encourage their child to participate. List items the missionary requests. Remind parents that these are to be new items.

  3. Do not wrap the items. Send only the items requested because storage can be a problem.

  4. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or email address for the missionary to acknowledge receipt of your gifts.

  5. If Mission Friends® make cards for the missionary, remind them that, other than the postcard, they may not hear from that person because correspondence is time consuming and expensive.

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

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