There's a lot to do to prepare for a Sunday morning in the
nursery. To send the message of God's care for the "least of
these," you need everything in place before the first...
Make these summertime
gifts for parents of your toddlers and babies as a way to encourage
parents to share their faith with their children.
Take a photo of each chi...
Are babies and toddlers too young to learn about God and grow
spiritually? Should children's ministry include children this
young? According to the Bible, we are never t...
To minister to families with new babies, we developed the Little
Lambs Ministry. This provided families an introduction to our
nursery so they'd feel comfortable bringing th...
Every ministry has them --
quirky corners, pesky problems, and messy mishaps. Here are simple
solutions you can use to make sense of common
WHAT A SIGHT
Toward the end of babies' time in the nursery or any time an
infant is fussy, try a soothing hand massage. Rub baby lotion on
your hands and follow the directions in parenth...
Though many church nurseries require workers to use gloves for
changing diapers, gloves don't substitute for effective
hand-washing. Hand-washing is still the best way to pr...
As parents, we don't think twice about praying for God to bestow
blessings on our children. But it's often easy to overlook the
importance of praying for God's blessings on ...
The nursery was perfect. Matching cribs lined one wall, each
with crisp pink and blue checked sheets. Developmentally
appropriate toys sat neatly on white shelves just w...
Separation anxiety is a normal stage of behavioral growth in
toddlers, and it arrives at different ages for all children. Some
toddlers may be fine when saying goodbye to th...
To welcome visitors to your room, lead preschoolers in
singing this song to the tune of "Happy Birthday"...
Happy welcome to you.
Happy welcome to you.
Give yourself a new perspective on nursery safety by positioning
yourself in all the places babies "hang out." Kneel down at baby's
eye-level in the swings, infant seats, cr...
While pointing may be considered an impolite gesture, for babies
it's a critical building block for speech development. Pointing is
a nonverbal way to communicate and teache...
It was my Sunday to serve in the nursery, and nothing in me
wanted to go to church that day.
It was a difficult time for me. It was the mid-1980s, and my
marriage had spi...
At Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland, Texas, these church
folks know how to bring up babies right, and they've done it for
more than 35 years...
It's Sunday morning...
As a parent, it's never easy to leave your clinging or sobbing
child to attend worship service. These transition tips will help
your child feel secure while you're away.
Children usually learn to read by
recognizing combinations of letters. Learning to teach is similar.
Qualities and skills combine to make the teaching process
Be sure to check out these informational web sites and books
that are designed to help you learn common sign language for use in
your nursery program.
Sign Language Web s...
Helpful tips to guard against a child
Keep small objects, such as beads, buttons, and pieces of small
toys out of young children's reach.
Check toy safety...
I held a snack drive for a month at the beginning of the new
school year. I invited our congregation to help us "stock our
pantry" with snacks for our nursery and preschool ...
Albert Einstein said, "Knowledge is experience-everything else
is just information."
Nowhere is this more true than with children-and especially
children in cradle roll. ...
Every pew was filled waiting for the pastor to teach when I
noticed an elder nod to the mass of moms and dads swaying in rhythm
with their babies at the back of the chur...
Babies are built for learning. Every sensation -- touch, taste,
smell, sight, and sound -- electrifies the infant brain and helps
it establish sensory connections that'll la...
When you think of your nursery and preschool classrooms and the
resources you'd like to have, what do you think of? If I had an
unlimited budget and the space for the perfec...
Nursery Teacher Tip:
Infants and toddlers need to belong and feel secure. To help
children feel less insecure when their parents drop them off, I had
parents give me thr...
Preschool Teacher Tip
When 3- through 5-year-olds are combined in one class, the older
kids may get bored and troublesome. To keep the older kids
interested in class acti...
Are some Bible stories
off-limits for preschoolers?
"Don't teach preschoolers about sin. And don't teach them that
Jesus died for them until they're much older," the inst...
Helpful tips to get babies and toddlers involved in
Albert Einstein said, "Knowledge is experience-everything else is
Nowhere is this mo...
How children learn Bible stories--and ways to teach them.
2 to 5 years
HOW CHILDREN LEARN
Young children like to be read to with age-appropriate books. They
HOW CHILDREN SOLVE PROBLEMS
Children this age are very sensory-oriented. They solve problems
by interacting with all of their senses simultaneously. They also
learn by im...