Preschool

Project HELP: PTSD—How to Use with Preschoolers

As WMU focuses on Project HELP: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), all ages in the church are encouraged to be involved in this critical issue. You may be wondering, How can I focus on this critical issue with preschoolers?

Following are recommendations about using Project HELP: PTSD with preschoolers.

Hints for Preschool Teachers

Project HELP: PTSD Ministering to Military Families

You may be near a military base with many military personnel, have one military family in your church, or have a family with a member in the National Guard or Reserves. As a preschool leader in the church, this is an opportunity for you to serve these families in a special way. As they entrust their preschooler to you while at church, this may open doors for you to reach out to military families. There are also opportunities to minister to military families outside the church.

Each military family has its own strengths and needs. Use these ideas as possibilities for ministry to the needs of military families. Realize that these are ideas for ministry to any military family, not just to those with a family member who has PTSD. Following are ways to give care and support to all military families.

Helping Preschoolers with Fear

comforting fearful child

Sometimes I am afraid. How many times have you heard preschoolers express fears? It may be about something that seems small: “I am afraid to climb to the top of the slide,” or “I am afraid of spiders.” Other times it may be about something big: “I am afraid when Mommy and Daddy yell” or “Mommy died. What if Daddy dies, too?” How can we help our preschoolers move beyond fear and stress and help them learn to live in joy and peace?

At a recent conference, I was intrigued by the thoughts of a panel of experts who spoke about helping children develop resilience by teaching them to move from a place of fear to a place of calm. As one speaker shared that children innately know that we are not created to hold to thoughts that keep us locked in a place of bitterness and fear, I thought of Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control” (ESV1).

Use the following suggestions to help ease your preschoolers’ fears and stress:

Kindness

Learning to share

It seems like our world could use a little more kindness. When I see what is happening in the news around the world, it is easy for me to become overwhelmed and think, What can I do? I’m only one person. And then I remember—I teach preschoolers in Mission Friends! One of the greatest things I can do is teach my preschoolers to love God and love others. We show that we love others by being kind to others. Here are some things I want to say about kindness.

As preschool teachers, it is up to us to intervene when we observe a preschooler who exhibits unkind behavior toward others, physically or verbally. We can no longer just let it go. We must use those times as teachable moments to help preschoolers express frustration in a better way and learn problem-solving skills. It may seem minor to us when a preschooler pushes another to be first in line or takes a toy away from another. If we do not intervene though, the child begins to learn that those negative behaviors help me to get what I want. We must step in whenever a preschooler is unkind to others.

Ministering to the Medical Community

Getting ready to share cupcakes

Christine Andrews* serves as a nurse at a refugee camp in the Middle East. There, she offers hope and healing to hurting people. Those in the medical profession pour out their lives for people who are sick and in pain. While this is their calling, don't you imagine that they would appreciate an act of kindness or word of encouragement for the good work they are doing in their communities?

What can your church do to minister to those who minister so selflessly to others? Use these suggestions as a springboard for going on mission to your local medical community:

Go Outside!

Go outside!

What would it be like to have Mission Friends outside? During the summer is a great time to include an outdoor element with your Mission Friends group.

All for You—Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve

Follow Me

In the world of social media you can like, comment, share, repin, or retweet the people whom you follow. To follow someone takes on a whole new meaning in social media. When you follow a person or become a friend, it means you keep up with that person. Their posts come into your newsfeed, and you can see what the person has been up to. Sometimes it is mundane day-to-day happenings, such as a photo of a plate of their food at a restaurant. Other times you learn exciting news about the person you follow, like where they are on vacation or the arrival of a new baby.

Ideas for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

First Steps in Missions

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?

Materiales para líderes de Amiguitos Misioneros

Aquí se encuentran instrucciones para una sesión mensual de Amiguitos Misioneros (Mission Friends). Esta organización es para los preescolares ¡de nacimiento a kínder!

Estos artículos, actualizados mensualmente, se basan en la revista Mission Friends Leader.

Se recomienda el uso de Mission Friends Leader Picture Set (fotos de misioneros y campos misioneros destacados cada mes) y Mission Friends Leader Kit (paquete de recursos con juegos, carteles y más para enriquecer el aprendizaje). Los dos recursos son en inglés. (Trimestrales).

Lista de PENSAMIENTOS BÍBLICOS para usarse con los preescolares

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Exploring Project-Based Learning

missions explorers

“Why . . . ?” “How . . . ?” “Show me . . .” Preschoolers are natural explorers. Capitalize on your preschoolers’ natural excitement and tenacious curiosity about all things new by planning a project learning experience. Use the following tips to enjoy the project approach with your preschoolers:

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