September 2014 Editor’s Notes

September 2014 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends! How often do we throw out the words, “I’ve got it”? More often than we’ve actually got it, I would think. You know who’s actually “got it”? God. God’s got it. He is everywhere and has power over everything. That’s what we want our preschoolers to learn this month. No matter what’s going on, God’s got it. They’ll learn God has the power to answer prayer through the story of Elijah and the fire. They’ll hear the story of Moses and the burning bush and learn that God... Read More
#OC14 Question: How do I keep my preschoolers engaged?

#OC14 Question: How do I keep my preschoolers engaged?

If you’ve had a Sunday morning when you left church feeling like your biggest accomplishment was preventing major bloodshed or permanent scarring, then you’ve asked this question: “How do I keep my preschoolers more engaged?” Don’t feel alone! Everyone who has ever served preschoolers has had the same question, and there is no foolproof method. Even when you are 100 percent prepared, preschool chaos can happen, but the key is to be prepared! Should we have toys in the room, and if so, how do I... Read More
Field Trip: Woodland Hills Family Church

Field Trip: Woodland Hills Family Church

Our next Virtual Field trip is to the wonderful world of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO.  We have loved seeing all of the awesome pictures that they share on Facebook of the fun events that they have for their families with preschoolers!  When we asked Stephanie Watson, Children’s Ministry Director, if we could “visit” her church next, she said, “Of course!” Our question is this: If we could bring leaders to your church, what do you feel like you are... Read More
Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting June 30th

Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting June 30th

Here is the First Look Social Media Plan for influencing parents to interact with their preschoolers. If you missed the first post explaining our plan, please click here.  The following information will be 6 tweets, 5 Facebook posts,  2 pictures or ideas for Instagram, and 2 articles to pin on Pinterest.  Feel free to use any and all of this information but don’t feel tied to these updates word for word.  These are simply examples that you could copy and paste if you wanted or you can add your... Read More
#OC14 Questions: How should we group children in our preschool environment?

#OC14 Questions: How should we group children in our preschool environment?

How can I possibly implement Small Group activities for one-year-old to four-year-old children who are in the same room? What is the best way to divide into groups? Multiple three-year-old groups? fours and fives together? Separate boys and girls? Place them in a room as they arrive? What is the ideal class size and adult-to-child ratio for Small Group activities? These questions may seem random and unrelated. In reality, they all ask the same basic question. What works best when grouping... Read More
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