Preschool by the Numbers
1. The average toddler takes how many steps per minute?
2. The average two-year-old adds how many new words to his vocabulary each day?
3. Adults laugh an average of 60 times per day. How many times a day does a baby laugh?
4. How many diaper changes does the average baby require before she is potty trained?
(Answers at the end of this column)
How about these questions …
What is the largest unreached people group in the world? The under 5 crowd!
How many infants have heard the Good News? Zero!
Every single week we have the privilege of introducing young children to Jesus for the first time. What your children learn in the preschool years is foundational to their faith journey.
Our goal in Preschool Ministry is not just to keep our little ones dry and happy. But as we comfort them and keep them comfortable, they are learning to trust. As they learn to trust their teachers at church to meet their needs, they learn to believe as we teach Jesus loves them, the Bible is God’s true Word, and all the other biblical truths we introduce in Preschool.
Our Preschool Team is made up of some very special, dedicated people. In our staff devotion time recently, one of them shared this poem. When she finished there was not a dry eye in the circle.
Although I’m not their mother, I care for them each day.
I cuddle, teach and read to them, and safely watch them play.
I see each new accomplishment. I help them grow and learn.
I understand their language and I listen with concern.
They come to me for learning and I do the best I can.
They proudly show their work to me, I’m proud to shake their hand.
No, I’m not their mother, but my role’s almost as strong.
I nurture them and teach them, though maybe not for long.
I know someday the time will come when we will have to part.
But I know each child I’ve loved and taught will be forever in my heart!
We are not just babysitters. We are not just caregivers.
We are teachers. We are evangelists. We are missionaries.
We are The Everlasting Seed Co. Preschool Ministry!
Susan McClelland, Preschool Minister
1. 176 steps
2. 5 new words a day
3. 300 times a day
4. 8,000 diaper changes!
Posted on Tue, April 12, 2016
by First Baptist Church