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Understanding PreschoolersTraining Video and GuideTeaching Tips

Congratulations!

You are teaching the best group of people on the face of the earth – Preschoolers!!
They are full of excitement, hugs, laughter, amazement, and energy.

Here are some things to help you understand these wonderful creatures and how to make the most of our time with them on Sunday mornings.  View the PDF here.

How the Brain, Busy-bodies, and the Bible all go Together


The Brain

  • A baby’s brain is “wired” for TRUST between 0 – 14 months
  • Trust must have a solid foundation in a child’s life before their social and cognitive skills will begin to form
  • The best time to enhance a child’s trust level is between the ages of 4-8 years
  • A baby’s brain is “wired” for VOCABULARY between 0 – 16 months
  • At age 5 children have 3/5 of their vocabulary
  • The best time to enhance a child’s vocabulary is between the ages of 2-5 years

Application As preschool Teachers, We need to be consistent, prepared, and reliable in order to build a solid foundation for the child’s Trust level. We also need to be reading, singing, and talking to the children about the Bible story, God’s love, Bible phrases, and praises. This will give the language that our children need as their spiritual lives mature. Even our babies need to hear these things.


The Bible

  • The written word of God has truths that we can begin to teach to our youngest child
  • Children need to see the Bible, touch the Bible, and hear the words of the Bible
  • Parents need to understand that the Bible needs to be talked about and used at home – not just at church

Application – As preschool Teachers, we need to never loose our focus of God’s word and how it applies to our children in the class room. The Bible needs to be visible in the room and available for children to explore its pages. Communication of the Bible verses or phrases needs to be clear. Expect that your children can repeat the phrase and memorize it. Communicate these verses to the parents as they return for their child.


Busy-Bodies

  • Children need choices of age appropriate learning activities
  • Age appropriate learning centers may include: Blocks, Books, Music, Drama (home living), Nature, Puzzles/Manipulative, and Art
  • Learning styles play a huge role in what a child will choose to do
  • Most children will process their world through sight (visually), touch (kinesthetically), or sound (auditory)
  • Books and music can serve as your best means of comforting a child and making them feel safe  (* Tips below)

Application – As preschool Teachers, we need to provide choices of activities that will meet the needs of the children and their learning styles. This means we need to get to know what interest each child. The activities need to change from week to week, depending on the age. The literature is good about making suggests that meet all of the learning styles. Even if we don’t like the activities doesn’t mean your children won’t either. Sometimes we need to try those things that aren’t appealing to adults, we might be surprised!

Welcome to a brief example of how to interact and teach Preschool age children in a Sunday School setting. Before you press play, please download the Listening Guide. Watch the video while following the guide as it highlights helpful teaching tips.

Tips available on this page:
- Tips on using books
- Tips on using music
- Video tip on Creative Greetings and Goodbye Rituals
- Video Tip on using the Resource Closet

* Tips for using books and music –
Books:

  • Need to be written in simple language with repetitive words
  • Need to be cardboard or laminated with durable hard covers
  • Need to be colorful, realistic, with simple pictures
  • Do not need to have fantasy characters or talking animals
  • Use to comfort a child who may be upset
  • Play hide and seek with the books. Hide a book and then when it is found by a child sit and read it with them.
  • Use books to find simple objects that children recognize
  • Books can provide a “safe haven” and a sense of security

Music:

  • Use CD’s as children arrive to create a pleasant atmosphere
  • Sing songs that are repetitive
  • Change words of songs to fit the activity
  • Encourage children to move to the music
  • Provide a variety of rhythm instruments – including the autoharp
  • Allow children to touch and play the instruments, always encouraging them to play the instruments correctly

Creative Greetings and Goodbye Rituals

Resource Closet Tips