Our environment is structured so children’s passions and interests are embraced. This happens through creative arts, experimenting, exploring nature, worship, discussion, and small group activities.
Just as Jesus taught through many facets in life (gardening, the poor, the broken hearted, children, money, spiritual freedom... you get the idea.), we aim to teach our children to see all aspects of life under the reign of God. From the simplicity of the life of a plant, to the complexity of God being just, we walk with children as they learn the story of God.
ACTIVITIES & EXPLORATION/
When children come into Narrate Kids, we want them to be excited with the activities they have available to them to create and explore. Meaning that children should have options to explore a new idea, discover a new thought, or express themselves through a craft. We hope this time will allow children to discover what they enjoy doing and give the leaders at Narrate Kids a window into each child’s life where they can unearth ways in which God shows up in their everyday lives.
Each and every person is made unique (Psalm 139) and we want children to know that God loves their uniqueness. Everything from our looks, to what we enjoy doing with our free time, yet we are all one body. This uniqueness ties back into the ability for children to explore what they enjoy doing and how that activity plays a part in who they are.
Small group leaders will engage children about their weeks, what they are looking forward to, and what they may be creating or exploring. This is a priority because it shows the child that someone cares and is taking an interest in them. Relationships between small group leaders and students will grow stronger, trust will be developed, and respect will be established.
Consistency is vital when it comes to building relationships with children. At Narrate Kids, being on time and being on the schedule every week or every other week is important in building trust with parents and children, as well as deepening relationships between small group leaders and children. First impressions are very important for first-time visitors and their view of Narrate Kids will revolve around that experience, thus punctuality and excellence is key. Volunteers will be in their classroom ready to receive children 15 minutes before service starts.
As a part of the children's learning experience at Narrate Kids, they will be taught that they are responsible for their own
mess: if they make a mess whether playing with toys or painting, they are
responsible for cleaning it up.