Following the leader is definitely something preschoolers love and understand. What they need to learn is that throughout life there will be countless choices of leaders they can follow. We want them to know who the best leader is to follow. And that is Jesus! Jesus is the best leader we can follow!
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 best way for her to know that was through her child completing a craft. That’s a lot of pressure for a Small Group Leader.
You may have noticed some new files in the August 2019 curriculum downloads. We’re excited to offer more resources to support the children with special needs in your ministry. We know that as you work to reach all families, there often needs to be some customization to your environments, messaging, and activities when considering the experience of a child with special needs.
We all know the joys of constantly trying to teach our sweet preschoolers about sharing. We couldn’t even count the number of times we have said, “Please share the fire truck. Please share the crayons. The kitchen is for everyone. Let’s play together.” But, as we teach our children to share every day, the question lingers—are we modeling sharing?