preschool

Focus on God at Easter

God loves us always

Easter is a time to celebrate! We rejoice at Easter because we are reminded of God’s love for us and the gift of eternal life that He gives us through the death and resurrection of His Son. During April in Mission Friends, we focus on the Christian concept area of God. We can use this concept area with preschoolers during the Easter season as we help them learn about God.

9 Ways to Find New Leaders

Teaching Preschoolers

How do I find new Mission Friends leaders? You might be adding another Mission Friends class or splitting an already crowded class and need new leaders as soon as possible. A teacher has moved or an illness prevents a teacher from serving. You might be looking ahead to the new church year in the fall, and this is the time of year when you start searching for leadership. We share 9 different ways to find the new leaders you need.

Fostering Creativity

Snow Wall

A 3-year-old smiled at her new discovery. She was playing at the “snow wall” in Mission Friends during that session. The snow wall was a long piece of clear self-adhesive plastic taped to the wall with the sticky side out. Our preschoolers made snow designs by sticking cotton balls, disposable cosmetic puffs, and cotton swabs to the wall to represent snow. Their creativity showed as they made snowflakes, snowmen, and snowbanks. We talked about the missionary for that month, who lived in a place with lots of snow. There was much delight when one preschooler discovered that she could stick a cosmetic puff several times, and it would leave a residue of a thin frosty look on the snow wall.

Myself

I'm here!

“I’m here!” One of my preschoolers says this nearly every week when he comes in our Mission Friends room. It is his way of saying, “Look at me! Acknowledge who I am!” All preschoolers want to be noticed and accepted. As preschool teachers, we can help preschoolers know they are special to God, and that makes them important.

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos

Water fountain

The water fountain was in the hall outside of my office door where I directed a church weekday preschool program. Every day when parents picked up their toddlers or two-year-olds, they crossed by my doorway as their preschoolers made their daily stop at the water fountain. I told the parents that they should just install a water fountain in their home, and their child would be occupied for hours! If you watch preschoolers of this age at a water fountain, you see that many times they do not even drink the water. They simply watch as they repeatedly push the button and water comes up.

Checklist for the New Year

Supplies

With the arrival of a new year, this is a good time to make sure you have everything you need to teach Mission Friends. Even if you have a supply cabinet or resource room for teaching supplies, you’ll want to check off this list every week.

Giving to Missions

giving to missions

As the time for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering  is on my mind, I have been thinking about how we teach preschoolers about giving to missions. In this world of online banking, direct deposit, debit and credit cards, how do we begin teaching preschoolers about financial giving?

Tips for the Christmas Season in Mission Friends

Cambodian Nativity WorldCrafts https://www.wmustore.com/cambodian-nativity

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love everything about it: decorating the tree, setting out my Nativities, sending and receiving cards, baking goodies, singing Christmas songs, and wrapping Christmas presents. There are family traditions that we all like to keep.

Thankful for You

Thankful

For Thanksgiving week, the WMU preschool team gives thanks for you! Week after week you serve the Lord by teaching preschoolers in Mission Friends. You rarely receive thanks because you are usually encouraging your preschoolers to give thanks for other helpers. What you do in teaching Mission Friends makes a difference in each life you touch. You also make a difference in the ministries of the missionaries as you teach about them and lead your preschoolers to pray for them. Several of the missionaries recently have expressed their thanks for you, so this week we wanted to share their words of thanks.

Teaching Preschoolers to Be Kind

Teach Kindness

Bullying is an issue that continues to be a problem among children and teenagers. Even with all the emphasis on anti-bullying campaigns in the past several years, bullying continues to be an issue. An alarming number (160,000)1 (6.7% in 2017) of children miss school each day because of the fear of being bullied. In this day of social networking, cyberbullying is the type of bullying that is on the rise the most (14.9% in 2017). What can we do to counter this issue? We can respond by seeking to prevent bullying from happening as we begin with our preschoolers in teaching about kindness. Bullying is a matter of the heart, and we must instill a heart for others within our preschoolers.

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