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Title: PowerPoint Presentation Training

PowerPoint Presentation Training How to Involve
Preschoolers in Missions Includes a Guide for
Mission Friends
  • PowerPoint Training
  • How to Involve Preschoolers in Missions
  • This training presentation is based on the book
    How to Involve Preschoolers in Missions Includes
    a Guide for Mission Friends.
  • The training consists of viewing the slides,
    readings from How to Involve Preschoolers in
    Missions, answering questions, and doing
  • You will need a copy of How to Involve
    Preschoolers in Missions as you go through the
    training. (W078103, 9.99, available through
  • Complete one or more sections at a time.
    Approximate time needed to complete each section
    is provided on the next slide.

PowerPoint Training How to Involve Preschoolers
in Missions
  • Contents
  • IntroductionSlides 46 (15 minutes)
  • Who Are Preschoolers?Slides 713 (20 minutes)
  • What Is Preschool Missions Education?Slides
    1416 (10 minutes)
  • What Is Mission Friends?Slides 1761 (60
  • How Can I Incorporate Preschool Missions
    Education in My Church?Slides 6264 (15 minutes)
  • Whats the Big Picture?Slides 6570 (15 minutes)
  • Where Can I Go for More Help?Slides 7174 (15

Introduction Gods Mission
  • How to Involve Preschoolers
  • in Missions,
  • pages 56

  • Gods desire is for all people to know Him and
    worship Him. The Bible tells of Gods mission and
    how we are to be involved in His mission.
  • For you to do
  • Using a Bible, look up the verses listed in How
    to Involve Preschoolers in Missions, page 5. Find
    at least three other verses that tell about Gods
    mission or our part in Gods mission. Write the
    references for these verses on page 5.

  • Why is it important for preschoolers to begin
    learning about missions?
  • For you to do
  • To answer this question, read the bulleted
    statements on page 6.
  • Now respond to the above question in your own
    words. Write your response in the margin of
    page 6.

Who Are Preschoolers?
  • How to Involve Preschoolers
  • in Missions,
  • pages 712

  • Preschoolers share some general characteristics,
    but each one is unique in his or her own way.
  • For you to do
  • On pages 8-9, find the ages of preschoolers in
    your missions group. Glance through the
    sections for those ages.
  • Think of a preschooler who is in your
    missions group. What are some words to
    describe this preschooler? What does this
    preschooler like to do?

Nine concept areas are the foundation of
preschoolers spiritual growth. These nine
concept areas are
  • God
  • Jesus
  • Bible
  • Gods creation
  • Church
  • Self
  • Family
  • Community
  • World

  • An overview of the concept areas is provided on
    pages 1112, with more in-depth information on
    pages 4243.
  • One concept area is the focus during each
    monthly unit of study in Mission Friends.
  • Bible thoughts, conversation, and activities
    during the month help preschoolers
    understand more about the concept area.

  • For you to do
  • Look in the current issue of Start.
  • Find the introduction page for this months
    unit of study.
  • Circle the concept area for this month.
  • Read the information about that concept
    area on the chart on pages 4243.
  • Look up Bible thoughts related to that
    concept area on pages 4448.
  • Write your answers to this question What is
    important for your preschoolers to
    understand about this concept area?

  • Serving Alongside
  • Parents of Preschoolers
  • Preschool missions leaders help parents of
    preschoolers in two ways
  • Inform parents of what their child is learning
    about missions at church.
  • Give suggestions for parents to reinforce
    missions learning at home.

  • A list of ideas for including parents in their
    preschoolers missions experiences is on page 12.
  • For you to do
  • Highlight or circle five of the ideas that you
    will make as a goal for including parents this

What Is Preschool Missions Education?
  • How to Involve Preschoolers
  • in Missions,
  • pages 1316

  • In teaching preschoolers about missions, you will
    concentrate on six missions focus areas
  • Learn about missions.
  • Pray for missions.
  • Engage in mission action and witnessing.
  • Support missions.
  • Develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle.
  • Participate in the work of the church and

  • For you to do
  • Read the information about the missions focus
    areas on pages 1416. Now turn to page 13 and
    find the scenarios inside the red boxes.
  • Which missions focus areas do these scenarios
  • Which scenarios overlap into more than one
    missions focus area?

What Is Mission Friends?
  • How to Involve Preschoolers
  • in Missions,
  • pages 17-34

  • Mission Friends is…
  • The preschool missions organization of WMU.
  • For girls and boys ages birth through
  • A place for preschoolers to become aware of
    Gods love, and to learn that others need to
    hear about this good news!

In leading Mission Friends, think of four
elements of a good Mission Friends program
  • Inquisitive preschoolers
  • Excited Mission Friends leaders
  • A nurturing environment
  • Engaging activities

Look at each of these elements in the following
  • Build Mission Friends around what is best for
  • Keep preschoolers in mind as you plan all of
    the other elements.
  • Review the section on Who Are Preschoolers,
    pages 712, as you plan and teach preschoolers.

  • Small groupings of preschoolers are best. The
    quality of care and attention to individual
    preschoolers is greater in small groupings. Keep
    the group size small by following the guidelines
    on pages 1819.

  • For you to do
  • If your Mission Friends group will have two or
    more ages blended together, complete the
    information on slide 23.
  • If your Mission Friends group will have classes
    for each year of age, complete the information
    on slide 24.

  • For blended age groupings
  • Write down the number of preschoolers you expect
    in each age group below.
  • Younger Mission Friends ______
  • Middle Mission Friends ______
  • Older Mission Friends ______
  • Kindergarten Mission Friends ______
  • Use the youngest age group you have listed to
    determine your maximum group size (see pages

  • For age-graded groupings
  • Write down the number of preschoolers you expect
    in each age group below.
  • Younger Mission Friends
  • Babies ______
  • Middle Mission Friends
  • One-year-olds ______
  • Two-year-olds ______
  • Older Mission Friends
  • Three-year-olds ______
  • Four-year-olds ______
  • Kindergarten Mission Friends
  • Kindergartners ______
  • Determine the number of groups needed for each
    age, using the information on pages 1819.

Mission Friends Leaders
  • A key ingredient to a great Mission Friends
    organization is the leadership. Great leaders
    share their enthusiasm with preschoolers and make
    missions learning fun.
  • Mission Friends leaders have
  • Open hearts to follow Gods call.
  • Open eyes to see the needs of preschoolers.
  • Open ears to listen to preschoolers and their
  • Open hands to do activities along with
  • Open arms to show care to preschoolers.

Mission Friends Leaders
  • How many teachers are needed?
  • Follow the chart of page 20 for the teacher to
    child ratios recommended for each age grouping.
  • If you have a blended age grouping, follow the
    teacher/child ratio for the youngest child in
    your group.
  • Lower teacher/child ratios allow for interaction
    in small groups, more individual attention to
    each child, and relationships to build between
    preschoolers and teachers.

Mission Friends Leaders
  • Two Important Notes
  • Each Mission Friends class should have at least
    two teachers. This is for safety reasons and
    as a security measure to protect both
    preschoolers and teachers.
  • Follow the guidelines recommended by your church
    insurance agency for screening and background
    checks of all preschool leaders.
  • For resources about risk management and teacher
    screening, see Christian Ministry Resources at

Mission Friends Leaders
  • There are three leadership positions in Mission
  • Mission Friends Coordinatorcoordinates the
    overall plans of Mission Friends, especially
    when there is more than one class.
  • Mission Friends Lead Teachertakes the lead in a
    Mission Friends class.
  • Mission Friends Teacherhelps the lead teacher
    within a Mission Friends class.

Mission Friends Leaders
  • For you to do
  • Review the responsibilities of each leader on
    pages 2021. Name the people who fill these
    positions in your church and list their

Mission Friends Leaders
  • In some Mission Friends classes, teachers share
    responsibilities by team teaching. They serve as
    co-teachers by dividing responsibilities.
  • For you to do
  • Read the information on page 21 about team
    teaching. If your church has team teaching, how
    do you divide the responsibilities?

Mission Friends Leaders
  • Mission Friends leaders plan together as the
    Mission Friends planning team.
  • The planning team may meet to plan for the year
    before the church year begins, and then once a
    quarter to coordinate classroom activities.

Mission Friends Leaders
  • For you to do
  • Make a list of other Mission Friends leaders in
    your church. Include phone numbers and email
    addresses for easy reference.
  • Include names and contact information for people
    who also serve as substitutes.
  • Use this list not only to contact for planning,
    but also as a prayer list to use in daily
    devotion times.

A Nurturing Environment
  • Where does your Mission Friends class meet?
  • Most Mission Friends classes meet in the churchs
    preschool classrooms. Mission Friends can also be
    adapted for those who meet in
  • A child-care classroom
  • A home setting
  • A Mothers Day Out room
  • A multi-housing ministry
  • A neighborhood backyard.

A Nurturing Environment
  • A preschool classroom should be inviting to
    preschoolers. The classroom should say to
    preschoolers, Come in and play!
  • For you to do
  • Read the classroom guidelines on page 26.
  • Think about the classroom you use for Mission
    Friends. What are some things you need to change
    in your Mission Friends classroom?

A Nurturing Environment
  • A Caring Place for Younger and Middle Mission
  • Notice in the diagrams on page 26 that the
    classrooms for Younger and Middle Mission Friends
    are arranged in sensory areas.
  • For you to do
  • Find the following sensory areas in the diagrams.
  • Books
  • Blocks
  • Nature
  • Toys
  • Music and Movement
  • Puzzles
  • Pictures

A Nurturing Environment
  • Sensory activities for younger preschoolers also
    occur in less structured ways such as
  • A baby using a toy in a crib
  • A one-year-old looking at a picture above
    the changing area
  • A two-year-old sitting in a teachers lap to
    read a book.

A Nurturing Environment
  • An Inviting Place for Older and Kindergarten
    Mission Friends
  • For you to do
  • Find the following interest areas for Older and
    Kindergarten Mission Friends in the diagrams on
    page 26.
  • Books
  • Blocks
  • Homeliving
  • Games and Manipulatives
  • Art
  • Nature
  • Music and Movement

A Nurturing Environment
  • For you to do
  • Read about activities in each of the sensory
    areas and interest areas on page 28.
  • Find an activity for each of the sensory areas
    and activity areas in Start.
  • How does each activity that you found help
    preschoolers learn about missions?

A Nurturing Environment
  • Sharing Space
  • Church preschool classrooms are usually shared by
    programs such as
  • Sunday School
  • Preschool music
  • Mission Friends
  • Day care
  • Mothers Day Out
  • VBS

A Nurturing Environment
  • Sharing Space
  • Be considerate of others who use the same
  • Meet with other teachers to decide on a
    classroom arrangement.
  • Decide how to handle wall decorations so each
    programs teaching pictures can be used without
  • Keep common supplies in orderly condition for
    each other.
  • Decide on the items programs will share, such as
    crayons, scissors, paint smocks, etc. Store
    items that might be used by only one program.
  • Teach preschoolers about sharing and respect by
    the way you work with others to share classroom

Engaging Activities
  • Mission Friends offers engaging activities for
    preschoolers to become aware of and involved in
    missions. Preschoolers learn about missions
  • Hands-on activities
  • Activities using the senses
  • Bible thoughts related to missions
  • Cultural learning activities
  • Mission stories
  • Praying
  • Giving
  • Helping others

Engaging Activities
The curriculum resources for Mission Friends
provide suggestions for learning activities,
mission stories, and Helping Others
activities. For you to do Review the resources
for Mission Friends teachers on slides 4349,
then complete the matching exercise on slide 50.
  • Start is the teaching guide for Mission Friends
    teachers. Start includes
  • Leadership articles.
  • Families on Mission reproducible page for
  • Monthly units of study with weekly sessions.
  • Meet the Missionaries article each month with
    background information about the
    missionaries and missions areas.
  • Monthly devotion article for teachers.

  • Share is the monthly take-home leaflet for parent
    and child.
  • For Older and Kindergarten Mission Friends.
  • Includes activities for parents to do with
    their child, as well as information for the
    parent about the missions areas studied in
    Mission Friends.
  • Leaflets for ten preschoolers are included in
    one subscription.

Care is a reproducible page to give to parents of
Younger and Middle Mission Friends each quarter.
Care is on the inside back cover of Share.
Start Resource Kit contains games, posters, Bible
bookmarks, puzzles, recipes, and more to
complement monthly units of study in Start.
Start Picture Set includes photos of the
missionaries and missions areas. Helps for the
teacher include Bible thoughts and teaching
questions related to the photos.
First Steps in Missions is an annual resource
with more activities to supplement the units of
study in Start.
www.missionfriends.com Mission Friends Web site
provides up-to-date information on the units of
study, Families on Mission calendar, and
leadership articles.
Resources Match the resource on the left with the
description on the right.
  • Start
  • Share
  • Care
  • Start Resource Kit
  • Start Picture Set
  • First Steps in Missions
  • www.missionfriends.com
  • Photos of missionaries and missions areas
  • Parent/child take-home leaflet
  • Teaching guide for Mission Friends teachers
  • Contains matching games, bookmarks, recipes, etc.
    for each unit
  • Mission Friends Web site with information related
    to each unit
  • Supplemental book with more activities
  • Reproducible take-home page for Younger/Middle
    Mission Friends

  • Planning a Mission Friends Session
  • Start is the guide to planning what will happen
    each session in Mission Friends.
  • Review the unit outcomes on the unit
    introduction page.
  • Select resources from the Resources list.
  • Read background information about the
    missionaries and their prayer requests.
  • Choose activities for sensory areas or interest
    areas. Adapt activities as needed.
  • For Older and Kindergarten Mission Friends,
    prepare for Group Time. Prepare to tell the
    mission story and lead preschoolers in
  • Use Session at a Glance to gather and prepare
    items from Start Resource Kit and Start Picture
  • Gather other materials and supplies.

  • Planning a session for Younger and Middle Mission
  • Babies, ones, and twos are involved in a less
    structured session.
  • Choose sensory activities from Start for each
  • Use Start Picture Set and Start Resource Kit
    items recommended for each session.
  • Use teachable moments to point out pictures of
    the missions area, say a Bible thought, or use
  • Routine times such as diapering and bottle
    feeding are teaching times, too.

  • Planning a session for Older and Kindergarten
    Mission Friends
  • Suggestions are provided in Start for the
    following general schedule for a one-hour
  • Greetings (5 minutes)
  • Interest area activities (35 minutes)
  • Group Time (15 minutes)
  • Closing Time (5 minutes)
  • Use the information on page 27 to adjust the
    schedule to meet your needs.

  • Missions Explorers
  • An optional interest area for Older and
    Kindergarten Mission Friends.
  • Preschoolers learn about a topic more in-depth.
  • A learning project usually continues for more
    than one session.
  • The teacher asks questions to encourage
    preschoolers to investigate a topic of interest
    to the preschoolers.
  • Read about Missions Explorers on pages 2829 of
    How to Involve Preschoolers in Missions.

  • Missions Explorers
  • For you to do
  • Using the example of a Missions Explorers project
    on page 29, write three questions you might ask
    preschoolers to encourage investigation of this
    example topic. The questions might begin with
  • How do you think . . . ?
  • What if . . . ?
  • What would happen . . . ?

  • Helping Others Activities
  • (See p. 30)
  • Preschoolers are involved in mission action
    through Helping Others activities. Preschoolers
    do missions themselves by helping others in need.
  • A Helping Others activity is suggested each
    month in Start for Older and Kindergarten
    Mission Friends.
  • Ideas can also be found in each chapter of First
    Steps in Missions.
  • Preschoolers can make something or give
    something to others, or do something for

  • Helping Others Activities
  • Here are a few examples of Helping Others
  • Make a warm things box with donated hats and
    gloves to give to a shelter.
  • Make simple tray favors that can be placed on
    residents meal trays at a local nursing home.
  • Make a recipe of cookies or spice tea mix to
    place in plastic bags. Give these to church
    staff or to a family that visits your church.

  • Helping Others Activities
  • For you to do
  • Choose one of the examples from the previous
    slide. Answer these questions about the activity.
  • What do Mission Friends learn by doing this
  • How are preschoolers aware that this activity
    meets someones needs?

  • A Mission Step
  • (See page 30)
  • Involve parents along with their preschoolers in
  • A Mission Step is a quarterly activity for
    Mission Friends teachers, preschoolers, and
    parents to do together.
  • Suggestions for A Mission Step are in the
    leadership pages at the front of Start.

  • A Mission Step
  • (See page 30)
  • For you to do
  • Look in the current issue of Start and find A
    Mission Step activity suggestion.
  • How can you incorporate this activity in your
    plans this quarter?
  • In what ways can parents be involved in planning
    or carrying out this activity?

  • Teaching Tips
  • For you to do
  • Read the Teaching Tips on pages 3134.
  • As you think of other teaching tips, write these
    in the margins of these pages. Share these
    teaching tips with other Mission Friends

How Can I Incorporate Preschool Missions
Education in My Church?
  • How to Involve Preschoolers
  • in Missions,
  • pages 3536

  • Customizing Mission Friends
  • Most churches need to adapt the Mission Friends
    program in some way. It may be that the session
    length is shorter or longer, age groups are
    blended, or the meeting place is in a different
  • What adjustments do you need to make to Mission
  • How can you adapt elements of Mission Friends to
    meet your needs?

  • For you to do
  • Read the information on pages 3536.
  • Highlight ideas that you will use for
    incorporating missions within your churchs
    preschool ministry.

Whats the Big Picture?
  • How to Involve Preschoolers
  • in Missions,
  • pages 3738

WMU Organizations Mission Friends is the first
step for a child in a missions lifestyle. WMU
offers other age-level organizations so all ages
can be involved in missions through praying,
giving, and doing missions.
  • WMU Organizations
  • A brief description of the WMU organizations is
    found on page 37.
  • Encourage your church to continue instilling a
    missions lifestyle through childrens missions
    education by offering Girls in Action or
    Children in Action.

  • WMU Ministries
  • For you to do
  • Read the ideas for involving preschoolers in WMU
    ministries on pages 3738.
  • Choose one of these ministries and write two
    more suggestions for involving preschoolers in
    this ministry.

  • Families on Mission
  • An excitement is created when families are
    involved in missions together. Families with
    preschoolers can begin having family missions
    experiences together.
  • Read the ideas for Families on Mission on page

Families on Mission For you to do List the ways
you can use these resources to encourage parents
to continue missions experiences with their
preschooler. Families on Mission page in
Start Family Time feature in Share A Missions
Step activity suggested in Start Families on
Mission calendar page on the Mission Friends Web
site Families on Mission by Angie Quantrell
Where Can I Go for More Help?
  • How to Involve Preschoolers
  • in Missions,
  • pages 3940

  • WMU offers people who serve as resources for
    preschool missions leaders, as well as offering
    print resources.
  • For you to do
  • Write the name and contact information for your
    state WMU preschool consultant and
    associational Mission Friends consultant on the
    lines provided in the book.
  • Circle the contact information for the Preschool
    Resource Team of national WMU.
  • Refer to pages 3940 for ordering information
    and other missions resources.

  • To learn more about starting Mission Friends
  • Contact your state Mission Friends
  • Visit www.wmu.com/getstarted for information
    and a sample session.
  • WMU also offers a variety of missions resources
    for preschoolers, parents, and preschool leaders.
    View other missions resources at
    www.missionfriends.com or www.wmustore.com.

Thank you for changing the lives of preschoolers
by serving as a preschool missions leader. God is
using you to change the world, one preschooler at
a time! May God bring blessings on your service
to Him as you seek to live His call in your life.
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