The Center Approach: Make It True

The Center Approach: Make It True

This post is part of “The Center Approach” series. Click here for an introduction to the series. Last week, we talked about how the center approach works well during the Small Group activities in “Make It Fun.”Once all the children are in the room and have been introduced to concepts for the day’s story, it’s time to move on to the “Make It True” section of the curriculum. During “Make It True” you will want to NOT use the center approach! Well, “Why not?” you may ask. This is, after all, a... Read More
The Center Approach: Make It Fun

The Center Approach: Make It Fun

This post is part of “The Center Approach” series. Click here for an introduction to the series. In the first post of our series, “The Center Approach,” we learned why using centers works with preschoolers. Now, we will focus on how to make it happen and “Make It Fun”! The Make It Fun section of the weekly curriculum for both 2-year-olds and 3- to 5-year-olds offers three activities that introduce the Bible story learning for the day while inviting the children into the room with something fun... Read More
First Look Activities : Wrap Up : One Size DOES NOT Fit All

First Look Activities : Wrap Up : One Size DOES NOT Fit All

In the past few weeks, we looked at the different types of activities that are planned for the Make It Fun and Make It Stick sections of the weekly curriculum for 2s and 3s to 5s: Movement, Games, Investigation, Role-play, Memory Verse Review, Bible Story Review, Just for 5s, and a Craft. We learned more about why these activities work for preschoolers. At the beginning of this series, we stressed the importance of making the best activity choices for your group of preschoolers. One tool that... Read More
First Look Activities : Just For Fives

First Look Activities : Just For Fives

5-year-olds. What makes them so special? Well, just about everything! They are so special that we create a Make It Stick activity each week just for them. They are the “seniors” of your preschool programs. They have 5 years of experience under their belts and they are ready and (somewhat!) prepared to use it. Our 5s have developed many preferences including which hand is dominant, which friend is their best friend forever, which flavor of ice cream is their very favorite, and which clothing... Read More
First Look Activities : Bible Story Review

First Look Activities : Bible Story Review

Last week, we introduced the activities that are planned for the Make It Stick section of the curriculum. A movement activity is always included along with one that reviews the monthly memory verse. The next activity will intentionally review the Bible story—it is the Bible Story Review activity. You will know you are looking at the right activity when you see “Bible story review” in parentheses on the weekly overview page! You may be thinking, These kiddos just heard the story. Why are we... Read More
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