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Preschool Buddies

Children's Ministry Magazine

Providing a way for older students to connect with their younger buddies is a good way to ease transitions and empower students to help one another.

Pair third- and fourth-graders with preschoolers who'll enter elementary ministry next fall. Encourage older kids to regularly contact their buddies during the week, as well as visit them in their current classrooms. Create ways for older kids to connect with their buddies, such as a play-and-lunch date at a park or postcards for older kids to send out. Older kids can find their buddies during large group or in central gatherings for families after class. Seeing a familiar face helps ease younger kids' ministry transitions, while older kids experience the gift of being an encourager.

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