Being a preschool small group leader you probably use the word “patient” a lot.

“Aiden, be patient, it’s not your turn.”
“Lexi, be patient, story time isn’t over, we need to sit down.”
“Chancellor, be patient, we can’t have goldfish right now!”

We use this word so often with our kids that sometimes I think we forget that we need to be “patient” too.

The transition between summer and fall can be hard for preschoolers. Families may not be as consistent during the summer. Kids are off schedule. They are getting ready to be “promoted” to a new class with a new room, and a new SGL. We as leaders need to remind ourselves to be “patient.” With change and inconsistency our kids may have a hard time coming to small group, and may tend to cry or act out more than usual. Remember it is your job as a SGL to be as “patient” and consistent as possible.

Here are a few ways that you can be more “patient”:

1. Pray for your class before class starts. Honestly, ask God for patience!
2. Be prepared and know your curriculum BEFORE the kids come. (This will allow you to focus ALL your attention on them!)
3. Be flexible! It’s OK if you don’t get all 4 activities done! Giving a child your full attention and comforting them is more important than finishing a craft.
4. Have fun! You only have 1 hour with your group, don’t spend it stressing out on what you didn’t get done.
5. Remind yourself that it may take a few weeks of having “extra” patience, but once you have built that trust with your kids it will get easier! (This is especially true for you SGLs that work with infants through two year olds. Hang in there!! I promise they will stop crying!)

Remember, we only get these kids 40 hours a year! Be patient and enjoy the process and time!

And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

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Jenny Zimmer

Jenny is a California native and Preschool and Family Life Director at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA. For over ten years she has been doing ministry work. Working with young children is her passion, which is why she is also a part-time preschool teacher. Having two older children of her own, Paige and McKenzie, Jenny recognizes the significance of spending time with children. At the same time she knows the value of family which is why when she is not working you can find her with her husband Jim, daughters, and dogs enjoying the California atmosphere.

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