Ways Preschoolers Learn
A valuable learning experience allows preschoolers to use their hands, eyes, noses, ears, and mouths as a part of the learning process. Involving more senses than seeing and hearing causes the learning experience to become more real.
Teachers and parents should facilitate exploration providing an interesting and stimulating environment. Adults can shape the child’s worldview by connecting explorations and discoveries to God, the Creator and Sustainer of life.
Hands-on Experience – “Hands-on” means involving the child in an activity that leads her to a greater understanding of a Bible truth.
A satisfying environment gives the child choices that allow him to learn in the ways God has gifted him.
For preschoolers, the relationship with a teacher becomes a living commentary on the Scripture. Parents and teachers represent God, His Word, and His power as they relate to preschoolers.
Preschoolers follow the lead of adults in their lives. Actions as well as words of adults teach the child
Playing and learning are inseparable for preschoolers. Play offers the greatest opportunity for Bible teaching. Through play, a child can learn and apply important truths, relate in positive ways to others, accept responsibility, and solve problems. But play is just activity unless the teacher guides the activity and discussion toward foundational biblical truths.
Preschoolers need the repetition of Bible truths and Bbile stories. Repetition allows the child to build on previous foundational truths and understand more fully the truths he has already heard.
Preschoolers should be able to move freely to choose among appropriate activities. By making choices, each child will learn in the specific way “God has gifted him.
Provide plastic dishes and soft plastic dolls. Add special items that relate to the Bible story and Bible truth. Preschoolers may enjoy making play dough or food.
The process of creating and using his own ideas is more important to a child than the final product.
Provide only three or four wooden puzzles, floor puzzles, or other types of manipulatives suited to the age group you teach, consider materials for matching, sorting, sequencing, threading, or stringing as the activities relate to the Bible truth.
Select fresh nature items that help reinforce the foundational truths from the Bible.
Provide cardboard blocks for ones and twos; offer wooden unit blocks for threes and older; transportation toys, stand-up figures, animals, and other building materials.
Teachers may use toys to invite the child to talk about the Bible story or truth.
Change books to provide variety and spark interest.
Include music throughout the session to give instructions, encourage worship, and teach Bible truths. Music is often a great way to transition to group time or to welcome children to the room.