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The Preschool Ministry of FBC ministers to preschoolers, birth through kindergarten and their families, by partnering with parents to lay a strong Biblical foundation during these first crucial years of life.

Because children learn more during their first five years than in any other time in their life, we are committed to train loving Christian people to teach Bible based curriculum through age appropriate activities in a safe learning environment.

Volunteers for Preschool Ministry “fit” this calling by having a nurturing spirit, a willing and committed desire to make a difference, a love for children, a fun and interactive personality, and a great concern for young families from all walks of life.

If you find an opportunity that interests you, please click on the NEXT Step button to submit a short form.

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If you find an opportunity that interests you, please click on NEXT Step to submit a short form.

Sunday School – 9:30 & 11:00 am
  • Responsible for a specific age group between the ages of Infants – Kindergartners.
  • Teach the Bible stories through play, activities, books and story times.
  • Curriculum, resources, supplies and training are provided to every teacher in every age group.
  • The Sunday School year is a commitment from August to August

*Immediate Needs for FALL 2015*

One year olds –

9:30 –  Support Teachers
11:00 – Support Teachers

Two year olds –

11:00 – Support Teachers

Three year olds –

11:00 – Support Teachers

 

Lead Teachers
  • Responsible for using the curriculum in planning each lesson
  • Plan with the support teachers in their class
  • Take care of the large group story time
  • Make sure contacts are being made with the students enrolled in their class
Support Teachers
  • Responsible for carrying out a small group activity by following the suggestions from our teaching curriculum
  • Work and plan with the guidance of the lead teacher in their assigned class
Greeters
  • Friendly person who is naturally drawn to young children
  • Greet new families as they enter our Welcome Center
  • From the Welcome Center the greeter takes the family to the age appropriate class for their child
  • Helps the parents find their own class or Worship service.
Friends of Preschool
9:30 and 11:00
  • Serve as an “Extra Hand” for our Sunday School teachers on a once-a-month rotation.
  • A two month calendar is designed and emailed to you. Then a reminder postcard is mailed the week prior to the Sunday you have agreed to serve. It will include the room in which your extra help is needed.

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WAM! - Worship and Missions for Kids

Wednesday nights at 6:00 – 6:40 pm

We have wonderful, caring, talented leaders who love boys and girls and love to share God’s love through music.  Click here to view all of the leadership opportunities available in WAM!.

Mission

Wednesday Nights 6:40 – 7:15 pm

*WAM Mission Teachers needed for FALL 2015*

Mission support teachers for 3 year olds class


Directors
  • a person who loves preschoolers and can coordinate our mission’s curriculum with our own Global Mission efforts.
Teachers
  • Responsible for a specific age group between 3 year olds – Kindergarten
  • Teach about different cultures, languages, regions and environments with the focus being the work of missionaries all around the world
  • Curriculum, resources, supplies and training are provided to every teacher in every age group.
  • The WAM! commitment is from September through May, during the school year.

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One week of the summer, Sunday – Wednesday, June 21 – 24th, 6:00 a.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Faith at Home Volunteers
  • Greeter – welcome families at the doors from 5:30 – 6:15pm
  • Serve Dinner – help staff distribute food and drinks to families from 5: 45 – 6:45 in the gym
  • Teach in a classroom – Help with the Bible lesson for preschoolers or elementary children from 6:00 – 7:30pm

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Development

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