K/1st Grade Leaders – Are you ready for this?

K/1st Grade Leaders – Are you ready for this?

It’s a new school year and that probably means a brand new group of Kindergarteners and 1st graders. Here are some tips and tricks to help your year start off right! Get to know your kids: For the first few weeks, getting to know your kids should take priority over following the curriculum and getting EVERY activity covered. Learn names and what makes each kid tick – Learning names and something fun about them shows that you care from the very beginning. Ask questions about what they love and... Read More
Learning Styles in Small Groups, Pt. 2

Learning Styles in Small Groups, Pt. 2

Jennifer Stow is currently living in central China with her husband and 11-year-old daughter. She knows just enough Mandarin to order dumplings or catch a cab! Before moving to China, she and her family have lived in Dallas, San Diego, and then just north of Atlanta. Jennifer holds a Masters Degree in Education, has taught a variety of things from Kindergarten in Texas to College in China, and is always looking for ways to engage students in a meaningful discussion. In addition to teaching,... Read More
Learning Styles in Small Groups

Learning Styles in Small Groups

Jennifer Stow is currently living in central China with her husband and 11-year-old daughter. She knows just enough Mandarin to order dumplings or catch a cab! Before moving to China, she and her family have lived in Dallas, San Diego, and then just north of Atlanta. Jennifer holds a Masters Degree in Education, has taught a variety of things from Kindergarten in Texas to College in China, and is always looking for ways to engage students in a meaningful discussion. In addition to teaching,... Read More
6 Tips for Organizing and Storing Supplies

6 Tips for Organizing and Storing Supplies

“We have stuff EVERYWHERE!” “I know I bought a multi-pack of masking tape rolls last week … now where ARE they?” After opening a door and everything falls out: “Maybe we should organize this closet …” If any of that sounds familiar, then this post is for you! We know you have 14,683 things to do each week and organizing the supply closet is on the list, but keeps getting bumped for more immediate tasks. But we did some thinking, visited with one of our awesome partner churches, and came up... Read More
Engaging Through Transitions

Engaging Through Transitions

Our friend, Gina McClain, shared some ideas about how small group leaders can help kids move from elementary ministry to student ministry on the Lead Small blog. You’re a small group leader leading the oldest kids in your ministry. Whether it’s 5th or 6th grade, your few are headed toward a transition when the new school year begins. And you have the chance to help them. As an SGL, we challenge you to embrace the value Move Them Out. Why? Because transitions are a reality of life. And now is a... Read More
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