Lasso the Energy
With an attention span of about four minutes and an endless supply of energy, preschoolers need to be taught in a way that addresses both of those characteristics. Let’s respect how God made these little ones. If we provide kids with experiences that connect in a way that meets their needs, then we’ll see preschoolers meet Jesus. Also available: “Lasso the Energy 2”
Physical Development of Preschoolers
Preschoolers are constantly exploring in order to learn more about their bodies and the world they live in. All of these physical developments can be incorporated into teaching them about God, Jesus, the Bible and the church. Instead of pulling out a coloring page, think about the things they are learning to do physically and use one of them instead. Participants will receive ideas to go along with each new physical discovery.
Spiritual Development of Preschoolers
Babies enter this world ready to start learning about the God who created them. But, what exactly should we be teaching them? In this workshop, we’ll go through the spiritual truths that are the foundation—what you start with in the nursery—and how you build on those at each stage of the preschool years.
10 Ways to be a Better Preschool Teacher—INSTANTLY
We’re part of a society that wants it now … results … instantly—instant pudding, microwaves, texting, drive-thrus. On the other hand, we all get in ruts and year after year do things the same way. We’ll look at 10 tweaks you can make, additions you can incorporate, or scrap-this-completely habits that you can get rid of immediately. When you do, you’ll have more enthusiasm for teaching and see a change in parents, kids, and administration—instantly!
Make the Parent Connection
There’s nothing better for a child than having their parent intimately involved in their learning process. But, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of those parents who are working full-time, and whose hearts are torn because they feel disconnected from their child’s many hours at preschool. Participants will be given ideas that can be implemented to help parents feel more a part of their child’s life. Everyone benefits!
Teaching Compassion Early
Most of the time, adults reinforce the natural tendency for preschoolers to focus on themselves. By starting early, we can introduce little ones to the needs of people around them. Armed with a serving vocabulary and lots of activities, adults can show kids how they can make a difference in someone’s life. In addition to tools for helping kids look beyond themselves, participants will receive serving ideas that are appropriate for preschoolers.
The way we celebrate most holidays has no connection to God or His Word. Let’s have some fun exploring how we can utilize the theme of a secular holiday to celebrate God in a new way. Fill up on ideas and inspiration to reclaim the time you spend on these holidays and use them to lead kids to Jesus.
Mind-blowing … that describes the grey matter that we call the brain! The more you know about what’s going on in the preschooler brain, the better you’ll be able to teach them. Go ahead and practice saying, “Oh my goodness, I totally get that!” What’s actually happening in the grey matter of a preschooler? And how do you tweak your teaching now that you understand their brains better?
They’ve Got Skills
Well .. maybe not yet, but they’re getting them. And, you can help them develop the skills they need. It’s a teaching trampoline as we bounce all over the place to talk briefly about different skills preschoolers are developing. But we won’t leave you up in the air. You’re also going to get some simple things for each skill that you can incorporate into your routine to take your kids closer to mastering those skills.
Have I Got a Story for You!
You can’t stop preschoolers from dressing up like superheroes and princesses. Why? Because they want to enter a story. The idea of “story” is more than reading a book to kids. Come ready to restock your repertoire of storytelling techniques, as well as exercises for your kids that will develop their world of “story.” “Story” is at the top of the “Important Things to Use in Teaching” list.
From Stale to Fresh
For kids, it’s a fun way to learn. For teachers, it’s a fun way to teach. There’s never a dull moment when you’ve got fresh activities to share with your kids. Let’s face it, when you do the same things over and over, your enthusiasm wanes. Go from stale to fresh with oodles of ideas on a variety of subjects that you can start using right away.
Instant and Free
Those are our 2 favorite words! Your time and money are precious personal resources. Let’s respect that. When you love teaching, it’s easy to put in hours of preparation time and spend until your credit card yelps. But, what could you do that would bring a spark to your teaching yet be both instant and free? Come and find out!
Beaker, Bubbles, and the Bible (preschool edition)
Get ready for oohs and aaahs and plenty of laughter with Dr. Fran Bunsenburner. She’s cooked up more new experiments in her lab! Be part of kid-tested, adult-endorsed science experiments that preschoolers love. They can even be connected to Scripture! Getting the most out of discovery is an important tool to provide preschoolers. We’ll show you how to give kids permission to ask questions and train them to go from observing to exploring.
Where Did the Time Go?
Time is a resource you can’t replenish or add to. We’d sure like to, though. What happens when you’re not in control of the minutes in your day? Frazzled and frustrated! So, let’s talk about how you can manage your time more wisely in order to get the highest return on your investment. (No, I’m not talking about money. Your time is an even more important investment.)