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Anxiety Letter for Parents
-from Age-Level Insights 3 to 5
2. Suggested Child-to-Adult Ratios
-from Leading Volunteers
Check out this guide for
teacher-child ratios: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/students/earlycld/ea1lk7-1.htm
Closing A Full Classroom
When teacher/student ratios are exceeded in a classroom, kids
aren't safe anymore--and volunteers aren't happy. Let parents know
that for the safety of children and to ensure quality in the
classroom, your numbers have reached capacity and the classroom
needs to be closed.
What to Say
- Be at the door to meet parents in person. Don't put up a sign
and walk away. Be empathetic.
- Let parents know your team is working on opening more
classrooms as soon as space and volunteers allow for it. Share what
you're doing to rectify the situation.
- Let the child know that the room is very full and you hope that
you'll see him or her next week.
- Give parents an activity bag with coloring sheets, crayons, and
fruit snacks for the child to use in a worship setting or adult
- Provide contact information if the parents want to talk about
What NOT to Say
- Don't dump your pent-up frustrations on the parent. Whining
won't attract volunteers!
- Don't blame your children's council, elder board, or anyone
else for developing such a "ridiculous and strict" policy. Uphold
and support why this policy is important for the safety of
- Don't blame the parents for not volunteering their time if the
room is closed due to volunteer/child ratio. Gently invite them to
be part of the solution so it doesn't happen again.
3. The IT Couple's Movie-from
"Dream Team Casting Call"
Check out the video here:
4. Brainstorming Games-from
"Dream Team Casting Call"
Brainstorm Game #1: Crayon
Take a box
of Crayola crayons (the box of 64 works best), and dump them in the
middle of your group. Have everyone talk together to choose one
crayon for the group. Whatever the name of the color is
becomes the theme for your brainstorming session. For example, one
of our Dream Teams chose "Robin's Egg Blue." We ended up with an
entire sermon series called "The Birds of the Bible"-the dove with
the Ark, the quail in the wilderness, the raven in the desert…You
get the idea.
Brainstorm Game #2: Socks
For this one, you'll need a ceiling fan and a lot of
old (but clean) socks-ones you aren't going to wear. Use Sharpies
to write random nouns on half the socks: plate, bike, baseball bat,
hammer, shoe, hot dog, and so on. On the other half, write words
that have something to do with God, the Bible, or Jesus: faith,
prayer, healing, hope, and so on. Mix them up, turn the ceiling fan
on high, take handfuls of socks and throw them into the fan. The
socks will shoot all over the room-grab three or four and start
brainstorming lesson ideas and more! "How is faith like a bike? A
bike has lots of moving parts, some we don't even understand the
function of…but we have faith they'll all work together when we
ride. Have faith that God is working things that you can't even
5. Beyond the First Year by
Charles Arn-"Going, Going, Gone"
6. Vitamin Drive poster
-from "More Than Glitter and
7. Importing Restrictions on
Vitamins-from "More Than Glitter and
to ensure the country you plan to ship to accepts