It’s Not Babysitting! It’s a Foundation!

It’s Not Babysitting! It’s a Foundation!

Baby sitting, child care, day care, watching kids…. If you’ve been in the world of early childhood ministry very long, you’ve heard all of these, not very complimentary tags applied to what you know is actually creating a generation of kids that will know that God loves them, God made them and Jesus wants to be their Friend forever. You may have heard it from parents, other pastors, but the most discouraging is to hear it from volunteers, or potential volunteers. How do we move our volunteers... Read More
Teaming Up with Parents

Teaming Up with Parents

“Partnering with Parents” seems to have a big question mark around it for a lot of our First Look partners. Quite a few of you have been asking really good questions around this, “what does this really mean and what can we do to make this a reality in our church? “ We actually LOVE these questions, and we want to help you unpack some strategy around this important strategy! The Orange strategy is the main reason I am so passionate about what I get to do every day! Orange is what connects... Read More
They’re Just Playing

They’re Just Playing

“Children learn through play” is an accepted principle of child development. Or, maybe not. In our world of technology, internet access and software aimed at 2-year-olds, structured sport leagues for preschoolers and LOTS of screen time, do we still believe this to be undeniably true? My first and still favorite textbook as an early childhood education major is titled When I Do, I Learn. The title is based on a saying from Confucius – “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I... Read More
#OC14 Question: How can I be a better leader?

#OC14 Question: How can I be a better leader?

This is a great question for all leaders because we should all continue to learn and grow and get better! If you were part of our First Look Preschool Interactive at Orange Conference 2014, you received a cling with this verse from Nehemiah. “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down!” Nehemiah 6:3. We can learn a lot about being a good leader from Nehemiah by investigating three priorities he had in his life. Prayer Nehemiah prayed—often. Any time there was a decision to be made, his... Read More
#OC14 Question: How do you lead preschool worship?

#OC14 Question: How do you lead preschool worship?

Leading preschoolers in worship can be a little like herding cats at times. You want them to clap with you, and they just want to run in circles. It’s enough to make you want to lose your religion . . . well, not entirely. Really, it just leaves you with a lot of questions. Some of which were brought to our attention at this year’s Orange Conference. So, we thought we’d answer them for all of you out there that are probably wondering the same things. How often and how long... Read More
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