Preschool Leaders

A Grown-up Mission Friend

a heart for missions

A young man sat down on the bench in the WMU booth at the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas last month. He proceeded to say that he wanted to thank WMU, and how WMU had been an influence in his life. I thought in the back of my mind that he looked vaguely familiar. When I saw West Virginia listed on his name tag, I knew immediately who he was: Nathan!

Do I know you? Meet the New Preschool Editor

Julie Heath

I’ve answered this question and asked this question quite a few times in my life. Do I know you? You look familiar. Have we met yet/before? Preschoolers don’t always ask those questions. Depending on just where they are in their preschool life, some preschoolers will just sit down and start to play—if you have toys, you are my friend. So, I’m going to start and assume, if we could get together around a large cherry diet Dr Pepper with easy ice and (insert your favorite coffee/soda here), we would be good friends and be able to find something in common—if you love preschoolers, you are my friend.

What to Do for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

First Steps 23

Sometimes you just need more to do with Mission Friends. Perhaps you meet on Sunday, the month has a fifth session, but Mission Friends Leader has only 4 sessions, based on Wednesday meetings.

Finding Your Rest

Study Scripture

Leading preschoolers to understand more of God is a daunting task. It can be fun! But it can also be exhausting. Where do they get all that energy from? It can be challenging to say the least.

Start Something New

Vacation Bible School

One of the most exciting weeks of the church year is Vacation Bible School (VBS). It is a concentrated time of Bible learning, crafts, games, music, and, of course, snacks. VBS is also an avenue of outreach for the church as preschoolers and children from the community participate. You can make missions part of the excitement of VBS.

You’re Invited

Invitation sample

Here’s a way to extend a special invitation to families so they know that they can involve their preschoolers in Mission Friends this summer!

Print the invitation page, fill in the information for your church, and make copies. Use the invitations in the following ways:

Organizing for Mission Friends

Art supplies to clean up

Summer is a good time to go through your Mission Friends classroom to clean and organize. Take a look at your room and see what needs to be spruced up. We share some ideas to freshen up your classroom.

Building Resilience within Preschoolers

Building resilience

Throughout this year, we have looked at ways we can help preschoolers build resilience. During their early years, we can give preschoolers the tools they need in order to bounce back when difficulties come into their lives. Resilience is built gradually as preschoolers learn about their emotions and how to get along with others. As we help preschoolers learn to cope with problems at an early age, we give them resources to help them cope with life’s difficulties when these come later in life.

Promotion Day

Promotion Day Good Outcome

Promotion Day Story 1

First-grader Olivia walks down the church hallway, not really sure which room is the Girls in Action (GA) room. This is promotion day when she will go to GA for the first time. She hears children in the first room. When she steps in the doorway, she realizes the children are all boys so this must be the Royal Ambassadors (RA) classroom. Olivia continues down the hall to the next room. When she comes to the door, she sees 2 women with a group of girls. She thinks that she has seen 1 of the women at church before, but doesn’t know the woman’s name. A little unsure, she stands in the doorway for several seconds. She cannot see what the other girls are doing, so she just sits in a chair near the doorway. Some of the other girls look bigger than she is. Olivia decides to sit quietly, and in a few minutes one of the leaders notices her.

Understanding Preschoolers with Special Needs: Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Dealing with a defiant child

All preschoolers have times when they fight over toys, push or hit others, raise their voices, or have an occasional temper tantrum. These are normal for preschoolers because they do not yet have the language skills, social abilities, and problem-solving skills to help them cope when they become angry or tired. For some preschoolers and children, these negative behavior issues intensify and become more of a problem. Their patterns of aggressive and defiant behavior are heightened and go beyond what is normal for their age. These extreme behaviors are known as disruptive behavior disorders.

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