Learning Through Play

Learning Through Play

One Sunday, we chose to not do a craft in our 2-year old small groups. As a parent picked up her child from small group, she asked the leader where her child’s craft was. Upon the Small Group Leader explaining to her that her son was learning today about how God made people and that he created a person using play-dough, the mom took her son’s hand to “inspect” if there were traces of play-dough. The mom clearly wanted evidence that her child was learning in his small group, and she felt the... Read More
100% and 100%

100% and 100%

There are two questions almost every parent asks their child after they leave the church. “Did you have fun?” and “What did you learn today?” Families years ago decided what church they would attend based on the worship and preaching. However, the criteria for church shopping is shifting. How much fun a child has along with what they are learning impacts whether or not a first-time visitor will come back to your church. I once had a supervisor ask me, “What percentage on a Sunday morning... Read More
Refresh

Refresh

I’m not into New Year’s Resolutions. I know, goals are good. They keep us on track. They make us better. But this year instead of making resolutions, I’ve decided to ask myself this question, “What areas in my ministry or life need some refreshing?” re·fresh | rəˈfreSH | verb | to give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate. Here are a few spots I’m analyzing to see if they need a bit of strength or energy in them. Environments Are my preschool rooms looking tired? Are there broken toys,... Read More
How Is Your Ministry Present During the Christmas Season?

How Is Your Ministry Present During the Christmas Season?

Every year it feels like the Christmas season comes and goes too soon. As ministry leaders, we want our small group leaders, our families, and our guests to know that we are here for them. With the chaos of the holiday season, we have to be even more intentional about creating an environment that fosters being present. How can we help our preschool ministry be present this Christmas? Show appreciation to your small group leaders. Everyone has a lot on their plate during the holidays, so make... Read More
The New Kids

The New Kids

New environments make me so nervous. At the heart of it, I don’t want to feel stupid. And, not knowing what the routine is, what I can expect, or what the proper etiquette is will drive my inner self crazy with anxiety. If, as an adult, I feel this way, I can only imagine what a preschooler must feel when he encounters a new environment run by a bunch of “big people.” If we want to create a safe place for a new preschooler, we need to take a look at how we are making new kids feel welcomed and... Read More
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