Volunteer Training.Baby LifeTodder Life Kinder LifeKids Life LIFE Church Children’s Ministry
Thank you. Thank you for volunteering with the children’s ministry at Life Church! We are excited to have you on the team and pray that you will be blessed by this opportunity to serve. Please read this information carefully so that you are familiar with the guidelines and expectations for our team of teachers. • LEADERSHIP • Saturday coordinator: Rachel Wrigglesworth • Baby/ Toddler/ Kinder Life Room Leader: Rachel Wrigglesworth • Sunday coordinator: Shannon McDonald • Baby Life Room Leader: Jeanne Gierczak • Toddler Life & Kinder Life Room Leader: Shannon McDonald COORDINATOR? Policies, procedures, curriculum, teaching schedule, etc. ROOM LEADER? Distributes schedules/reminders, initial contact for volunteers, etc.
Basics. • Background Checks must be completed before teaching. • It’s simple. Complete the form we give you, and give it back. • Join the Facebook group for your classroom. • Upon signing up, you will be invited to join by your room leader. • It’s a great way for room leaders to communicate new information. • It’s a great way to communicate to other teachers when you need to switch teaching dates. Speaking of teaching dates… • Teaching Schedules • Room leaders will distribute schedules to teachers every 3 months with as much notice as possible via e-mail and Facebook • Review the schedule carefully. If you have a conflict and cannot teach on the day you are scheduled, begin the process of finding a replacement immediately.
Basics. This topic gets its own page because it’s that important. • Process for finding a replacement • Step 1: Post in your Facebook group that you are needing to switch dates to see if you have any takers. If not resolved within a few days, move on to the next step… • Step 2: Contact people DIRECTLY via e-mail or phone (a directory will be provided to you) • Step 3: Contact your room leader to let them know you are having trouble Be considerate. Please start this process as soon as you know that a conflict exists. The more notice you give, the more likely someone will help you out. Contact your room leader only as a last resort. Keep the golden rule in mind and please help each other out as able. • Step 4: Let your room leader know once a switch is confirmed Note: Please follow this same process for last-minute illness situations when at all possible.
Basics. • Lessons • Sent to you via email (Toddler/Kinder) but can also be accessed online (see future slide) • Be prepared. Read through your lessons prior to teaching and bring the recommended props. • Be creative. Stick to the story, but if you have a good idea that goes along with your lesson plan, go for it! You have freedom to bend and shape the lesson to make it work for you. • Snacks will be provided by Life Church (RoldGold Pretzels and water) • Set-up • Be on time. Arrive by 9:45am (Sun) or 4:30pm (Sat) • Get together with other room leaders to PRAY • Unpack your supplies from the bins that are in your room • Find your nametag lanyard at the welcome table and put it on • Be in your room ready for families to arrive by 10:15 am (Sun) or 4:50 (Sat) Your room leader will meet with you at the designated arrival time of the first day you are teaching to walk you through the specifics of set-up/tear-down
Basics. • Teardown • When all of the children are picked up please complete the following: • Repack the supply bins from your room • Remove the ceiling decorations and place them into the large bins along with the table cloths and rugs (Sunday) • Place all packed bins in the hallway • Remove the signs and decorations from the ceiling in the hallway using a ladder which is usually found by the elevator (Sunday) Please note: Hallway ceiling items are to be placed on top of the toys in the Baby Life container. • Pack up the Welcome Table items into the bin located underneath it (including nametag lanyards, and hooks from all ceiling decor) SATURDAY ONLY • Wipe down the tables with a Clorox wipe • Pack up all toys where they originated from
Curriculum. ORANGEStarting November 2012 • www.whatisorange.org • FIRST LOOK is the part of the Orange curriculum designed for Baby Life through Kinder Life. This curriculum gives preschoolers their first impression of their loving heavenly father. • For these 5 years, there is a consistent focus on Three Basic Truths: • God made me. • God loves me. • Jesus wants to be my friend forever. • Parents are informed and involved.
Orange. • How to Log-In to the website: • www.whatisorange.org • Click on LOGIN in upper right hand corner • Type in: • USERNAME: klvolunteer • PASSWORD: lifechurch • Click on FIRSTLOOK to access lessons for Baby Life, Toddler Life, or Kinder Life (A simplified version of the Toddler/Kinder Life lesson will be e-mailed to you, so you do not need to access the website unless you are just wanting to do so) • Click on BASICS 252 to access lessons for Kids Life
First Look.Unpacked • Each lesson will use a consistent structure and consistent lingo: • Make it Fun! • Each lesson has at least three options from which to choose. • Make It Fun helps introduce children to aspects of the upcoming Bible Story. • It welcomes and engages children. • Make it True! • The Intro Sketch sets the stage for what they are going to learn and connects a preschooler’s world to the Bible Story. • The Bible Story teaches them a story from God’s Word in a way that they can understand and remember. • Worship is an opportunity for kids to tell God how much they love Him. It also reinforces the Bible Story and bottom line as well as reviews the memory verse. • Make it Stick • Reinforces the Bible Story. • Reinforces the Bottom Line. • Has activities that are active, crafty and sometimes delicious. • Make it Real • Make It Real is designed to help preschoolers understand how the Bottom Line applies to them. • Kids discuss real life experiences. • Children share prayer requests.
Baby Life. Newborn-2yr. • Classroom Policies • A female worker must be present in the room at all times • Direct parents to sign in upon arrival and list any special instructions • If a baby exhibits separation anxiety: • Ask parents how they would feel most comfortable with the situation • Follow their instructions (don’t be a hero) • Labels are provided and are to be used as nametags for children and their items • Diapers are to be changed in the designated changing area by a female (only change poopy diapers) • Cheerios are provided by Life Church (be sure parents okay this on the sign in sheet prior to offering to baby) • Direct parents to sign baby out after the service. Never let a child leave with anyone other than a parent unless specifically communicated by the parent at sign-in. • After the service, disinfect all toys with spray and/or Clorox wipes and tear down • Take off shoes before entering the room (Sat only) • Encourage parents to take home the monthly handouts provided each week • Read through and use the Monthly Lesson (more like “lesson”)
Baby Life.Curriculum • Newborn - Crawling • One-page guides will be in the classroom for review each week • Toddlers • Two-page guides will be in the classroom for review each week • These guides suggest good ideas for keeping older babies entertained • The toddler guide is to be used as a reference, and will not always be applicable based on the ages or number of babies in the room • Parent Time • Copies of a monthly handout will be in the room to send home with parents • Provides encouragement, partnership, and additional resources
Toddler Life. 2 & 3 year olds • Classroom Policies • There must always be a female present on the teaching rotation for the comfort of the children and guardians • Direct parents to sign in upon arrival and list any special instructions • If a child exhibits separation anxiety, follow the instructions of the parent to make them feel most comfortable. • Have children use hand sanitizer before entering the room • Snack will be provided by Life Church due to allergy concerns • Direct parents to sign children out after the service. Never let a child leave with anyone other than a parent unless specifically communicated by the parent at sign-in. • Bathroom Expectations: • Parents should be encourage to take their children to the bathroom before service • Toddler Life will take a whole room bathroom break at 11:15am (Sun) or 5:30pm (Sat) • If a child needs to use the bathroom at a different time, one adult should stay with the class and one female adult should take at least two children with them to the bathroom. There should never be one child with one adult in the bathroom alone. Ever.
Toddler Life.Curriculum • Each lesson will consist of the follow components: • Make it Fun - Make it True - Make it Stick • (See Sample) • At this age not all children will participate, but most will want to be part of the fun. • Life Church will supply everything the lesson indicates as (provided). Teachers are responsible to bring any additional props the lesson includes (unless specifically told that the props will be provided) • PREPARE! The lessons are simple, but preparation is necessary. • Encourage parents to pick up the monthly Parent Cue handout which will be located on the Welcome Table Sample Lesson Plan • Welcome Time (until 10:50) • Playdough/legos/puzzles/etc. • Make It Fun (Choose one or all of these activities) • My Friend • Friendship Quilt • Be a Friend • Make It True • Worship • Bible Story • Snack • Pretzels and Water • Make It Stick/Craft • One + One = Two, and/or • New Friend • We Get Together (song) • Dismiss
Kinder Life. 4 & 5 year olds • Classroom Policies • There must always be a female present on the teaching rotation for the comfort of the children and guardians • Direct parents to sign in upon arrival and list any special instructions • If a child exhibits separation anxiety, follow the instructions of the parent to make them feel most comfortable. • Have children use hand sanitizer before entering the room • Snack will be provided by Life Church due to allergy concerns • Direct parents to sign children out after the service. Never let a child leave with anyone other than a parent unless specifically communicated by the parent at sign-in. • Bathroom Expectations: • Parents should be encourage to take their children to the bathroom before service • Kinder Life will take a whole room bathroom break at 11:00am (Sun) or 5:30pm (Sat) • If a child needs to use the bathroom at a different time, one adult should stay with the class and one female adult should take at least two children with them to the bathroom. There should never be one child with one adult in the bathroom alone. Ever.
Kinder Life.Curriculum • Each lesson will consist of the follow components: (See Sample) • Make it Fun • Make it True • Make it Stick • Make it Real • Life Church will supply everything the lesson indicates as (provided). Teachers are responsible to bring any additional props the lesson includes (unless specifically told that the props will be provided) • PREPARE! The lessons are simple, but preparation is necessary. • Encourage parents to pick up the monthly Parent Cue handout which will be located on the Welcome Table SAMPLE LESSON PLAN • Welcome Time (through 10:45) • Playdough/games/books • Make It Fun ( Choose one or all of these activities.) • Good Friend • Basketball • My Match • Make It True • Worship • Introductory Sketch • Bible Story • Snack • Pretzels and Water • Make It Stick – CRAFT (Choose as many of these activities as you like.) • I Am Your Friend, or • Friendship Bracelets • Make It Real • Memory Verse (Memory verse • Prayer • Dismiss
ToddlerLife/KinderLife: Monthly Handouts Parent Cue: A monthly handout that shows the memory verses and gives parents ideas of how to reinforce the lesson at home Take Home Activity: A monthly take-home activity for families to use
KidsLife. 1st – 5th Grade • Classroom Policies • Kidslife children will be in the adult service for Worship. After worship, kids will meet at the back of the sanctuary to go upstairs with the Kidslife leader • Kids will be expected to follow the 3Rs • Respect your teacher • Respect your neighbor • Respect your savvy self • If children do not practice the 3Rs they will get a “strike.” • If a child gets 3 Strikes then one leader will take them back to their parents and they will have to explain why they had to leave.
Kids Life. Curriculum 252 BASICS • 252 Basics uses Luke 2:52 as a framework to help kids grow up as Jesus did: • Luke 2:52 says: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men”. • The first thing we want kids to discover is: FAITH • We want our kids to discover and embrace a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. • We’ll engage and encourage kids to respond to what they learn about who God is and to celebrate what He has done for them through worship and prayer. • We want kids to decide: I can trust God no matter what. • We’re going to help kids discover: WISDOM • We’ll establish the Bible as the source of wisdom and truth. • Kids need to know what God says so they can make the wise choice. • It’s in the story of God that we discover the character of God.As kids apply wisdom to their lives, God’s character is seen in them and influences others around them. • We want kids to decide: I need to make the wise choice. ...
Kids Life.Curriculum (Continued) 252 BASICS • The final thing we want kids to discover is: FRIENDSHIP • We’ll encourage healthy friendships where kids are given opportunities to share and pray for each other. • We want kids to engage in spiritual conversation where they can ask questions and discover real answers. • We want to encourage kids to spend time alone with Jesus during the week since He wants to be their friend and help them grow to be more like Him. • We want to challenge kids to internalize the principles in the Bible story and reflect God’s character (virtue) in how they treat others. • We want kids to decide: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
252 Basics. Extra Documents 2012-2013 Overview Website Navigation Large & Small Group Resources
Kids Life: WEEKLY HANDOUTS For Parents: For Kids:
If. • If a guardian fails to pick up their child: • Call the parents cell or have both teachers walk the child to them. • If there is a fire: • Have children hold hands. Teachers should then escort children to the nearest exit. • Baby Life: Kids Life teachers will come over and help with baby evacuation. • Room leaders will come and check all classrooms to make sure everyone has made it out safely. • If there is an emergency: • First, asses and manage the situation • Then, call 911 and/or parents cell
Final Thoughts. • Let your room leader know if you ever have any comments or concerns • Remember to prepare mentally (lesson planning) and spiritually (through prayer) prior to serving. • Have fun and remember how gracious kids are • Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to make this a priority. Our desire is to set you up to win every single week as you serve our children. We really believe that as you continue to serve, you will find over time that you usually GET more from our children than you can ever GIVE. What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to partner with parents each week to introduce our youngest church attendees to their loving, heavenly Father. We’re not just babysitting here, friends. We are spending time engaging with children in order to introduce them to the wonder of the God who made them and loves them so much. Thanks again for being a part of our team! (and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again…)