Archives for February 2013

Getting Your Volunteers Invested (Part Two)

Getting your volunteers invested is the key to bringing out the best in your ministry.  Check out Part One of this post here.  For this post, we'll be diving into lesson three and four. 3) Help Them See the Pay-off Why do people invest their money?  Because they are hoping for a pay-off.  They are hoping by sinking some cheddar into the stock market, they will reap rewards at a later date.  Now you and I know there are lots of benefit, rewards, and pay-offs in children’s ministry, but … [Read more...]

Getting Your Volunteers Invested (Part One)

Getting Your Volunteers Invested (Part One)

This article was originally published at Kidmin1124.  Since Kidmin1124 is no longer in operation, Wayne has encouraged us to repost our contributions on our own sites.   It’s 8PM Saturday night and the phone rings.  One of your volunteers has called to ask what lesson is up for Children’s Church tomorrow.  Clearly, they’ve taken a lot of time to prepare.  Or worse, a team members shows up Wednesday night fifteen minutes before your program is starting and asks “I’m not supposed to do anything … [Read more...]

All About Queen Esther {Preschool Homeschool}

All About Queen Esther {Preschool Homeschool}

This week, we've been celebrating Purim (the official date is February 23rd this year)!   The kids (preschool and toddler age) have been having a blast learning all about Queen Esther.  Here's some of the activities we've been working on: Monday: Introduction to Esther Reading about Esther in The Preschool Bible Making Hamantaschen (check out the tutorial here) Esther Coloring Page (I found a beautiful one at Bible Kids)  Coloring Queen Esther Tuesday: Esther's Beauty … [Read more...]

Learning Styles in the Classroom

Learning Styles in the Classroom

How do you keep things exciting and engaging in the classroom? One way to keep kids engaged is to use learning styles in the classroom.  Learning styles are a students preferred method for gaining knowledge.  Though most students are able to process information through several different methods,  usually they gravitate towards one particular learning style.   What are the learning styles?  I'm so glad you asked! The most common learning styles are: The Auditory Learner: Loves music, sounds, … [Read more...]

Go Big! Tru VBS {Unpacking the Box}

The weather outside might still be frightful, but it's never too early to begin thinking about Vacation Bible School!   I am thrilled to be taking a look at the VBS designed by the makers of Tru Curriculum.  As you may remember, I had the opportunity to attend The Gathering last May and learn all about Tru and the philosophy behind the curriculum.  I love what the team is doing there and was thrilled with Cook Publishing asked me to take a look at their coordinating VBS Program: GO BIG!   … [Read more...]

Making Hamantaschen {Preschool Purim}

Making Hamantaschen {Preschool Purim}

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we're celebrating Purim this week! I'll fill you in on all our Esther-filled fun this weekend (hopefully!), but today I wanted to share our Hamantaschen making experience!    My three year old was enthralled with the word "Hamantaschen" and after we made our baked goods, she began renaming all her toys. "Dad", she would say, "This is my horse, Hamantaschen.  And this is my Hamantaschen hat." I found it quite humorous.  Especially since I'm still not … [Read more...]