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Learning Centers: Library Center

Library Center

This is a combination reading, puzzle, and games center.  It provides a place for quiet individual play or group activity.

Use the Center:

  • When reading to kids, be certain to engage them by reading the story in an expressive way—use facial expression and voice inflection. 
  • Be sure to show the pictures, and encourage the children to find and point out objects on the pages.
  • After you are finished, ask kids to retell the story in their own words.
  • When playing games, encourage the kids to take turns, and teach about sharing.

Clean Up: Have the children put the books, puzzles, and games away on the shelves as they found them.  Put puzzles together before putting them away.

Jason Webb on the Family-Integrated Church

Teaching Young Hearts About God’s Big Truths

A sermon (with outline) by Bruce Ware, professor of theology at Southern Seminary and the author of Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God (Crossway, 2009).

HT: Andy Naselli via Justin Taylor

“Little children don’t get the gospel easily, because adults don’t get it easily.”

HT: Doug Wolter

Learning Centers: Kitchen, Doll House & Home Centers

“Dramatic play” centers like the “kitchen center,” “dollhouse,” and “home/baby” centers provide opportunities for children to recreate life experiences—exploring the roles of people and structures in their family and community.  This is the teacher’s opportunity to learn about the child, and relate the gospel to all of life.

Kitchen Center: Use the Center:

  • Ask Questions: Do you like to help your mom and dad with chores?  What do you help with?  What is your favorite food?  What kind of food are you making? 
  • When kids set the table to eat, ask them to pray before their “meal.”
  • Encourage the kids to take turns and share at the table.  When a child takes a toy from another, encourage asking for and extending forgiveness. 

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