Advice From the Experts - Working with Preschoolers in VBS

The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Arizona's own Kelli McAnally who writes and trains extensively for LifeWay's VBS resources. Start simple. Whether teaching a Bible phrase or motions to a song, start with the basics and build on it throughout the week. Follow a routine. Preschoolers like to know what is coming up next. Make a visual schedule for them to follow ... Continue Reading

There is Still Time to Train Your Workers for VBS 2015

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Some of you have completed VBS 2015, while others of you are in the thick of it this week. But, there are many of you who are still preparing for VBS in the weeks ahead. Hate to admit it, but due to a last-minute scheduling change I'm still in the process of enlisting workers for a VBS that starts this Sunday. Yikes! I'm sure none of you are in the same boat. Right? Actually, it is only in an extremely perfect world that all workers are enlisted far in advance and available to participate ... Continue Reading

Journey Off the Map for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

VBS 2015 includes several Bible stories that are familiar to many preschoolers and preschool teachers. There are also two Bible stories which are being used for the first time in VBS with preschoolers. But before you shake your head and think "they've lost their minds," take a second look at these two Bible stories. As you’ll see in the summaries below, we’ve taken care to tell both Bible stories in such a way that the focus remains on the power of God to protect rather than the scary details of ... Continue Reading

Introducing the VBS 2015 Preschool Keepsake Book

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I am so excited to share a brand new resource with you today on the blog. It's called the VBS 2015 Preschool Keepsake Book and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever! Parents love documenting the milestones of their children's early lives and often fill scrapbooks and memory books with pictures, notes, cards, etc. So to help parents record their child's first "journey off the map," we've produced a keepsake book ready for teachers and kids to fill with individual and class pictures, handprints, ... Continue Reading