Missions Explorers

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.

To learn more about Missions Explorers and project learning, read pages 19–20 in Mission Friends Guide for Leaders.


January 2018

Threes and Fours

Missions in My Church

Tell 3s and 4s about the missions activities that Mr. and Mrs. Rice lead in their community in New Orleans:

  1. They partner with a local elementary school. There, they help by serving during special events and by helping with school upkeep, such as painting, cleaning, and grounds work.
  2. They work in an apartment complex. They teach the people who live in the apartments how to spend and save money and how to keep themselves healthy. They also teach Bible studies for grown-ups and have Bible club for kids.
  3. They organize a back to school festival every year. At the festival, they get to meet their neighbors and they give away free backpacks and school supplies.
  4. They have an annual Easter egg hunt at the park, where they love their community and tell them more about Jesus.
  5. The Rices say that missions is not just something they do. They say that missions is their whole life.

Ask 3s and 4s if they know of any missions activities in which your church engages.

Ask them what they would like to learn about missions activities in which your church engages. Record their answers.

Each week invite different people to share about missions activities in your church. Share your church’s literature about your different missions opportunities.

Challenge preschoolers to think of and record ways they can help with missions activities.

To culminate the unit, encourage your preschoolers and their families to volunteer in one activity.

Invite them all to come back to gather at the church for a missions celebration and ask them to share their experiences.

 

Kindergarten

Outreach Opportunities in Our Community

Share the following information with kindergartners:

Mr. and Mrs. Rice’s Church, Connect Church of Algiers, has many different outreach and missions in their community.

  1. They partner with a local elementary school. There, they help by serving during special events and by helping with school upkeep, such as painting, cleaning, and grounds work.
  2. They work in an apartment complex. They teach the people who live in the apartments how to spend and save money and how to keep themselves healthy. They also teach Bible studies for grown-ups and have Bible club for kids.
  3. They organize a back to school festival every year. At the festival, they get to meet their neighbors and they give away free backpacks and school supplies.
  4. They have an annual Easter egg hunt at the park, where they love on their community and tell them more about Jesus.

Ask preschoolers if they know how your church reaches out to your community. Ask them what they would like to learn about how your church reaches out to your community. Ask them what they would like to learn about the needs in your community. Record all of their answers.

Each week provide information about your community. Consider inviting community helpers such as police officers, firefighters, teachers, workers from skilled care facilities, and doctors or nurses. Ask each visitor to share about the needs in your community.

Guide preschoolers to think of a way to record all of the information that they have learned.

To bring the unit all together, invite members of your community outreach ministry team (or a similar outreach committee) to join your Mission Friends class. Ask your preschoolers to share with the group what they have learned. Ask the ministry team to help you think of ways that your church could meet some of those needs. Ask them to involve preschoolers and their families as these needs are being met.

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