Up until 2016, Little Lamb and Eager Beavers was only available in the North American Division. However, based on recent GC Youth Ministries Global Youth Directors vote, it is going global! Pray for the leadership team as they work to make the requirements and information global in scope and sequence! Yes, your hard work and ministry excellence has allowed this curricula to "go viral." Thank you for your leadership!
Here is the news note from GC Youth Ministries (P1 - July 2016)
BIG NEWS ABOUT ADVENTURERS!
Summer is a great time for kids, because they have extra time not devoted to their academics! However, many kids "lose" some reading ability over the summer...but with Adventurers they can earn awards AND be ready for reading next autumn!
These four awards are for each of grades 1-4. Find the award that matches your young people and READ. These awards give opportunity for families to read together. 6 books, with several weeks of summer remaining...no problem!
One of the best ways to prevent disciplinary problems is to keep Adventurers busy and on task. The following strategies will help you manage your Adventurers. And remember, you’re there to help the children and their families learn to love Jesus; therefore, it is important that you model love, patience, and a cheerful attitude. You want the Adventurer Club to be a fun experience for everyone, so try to keep your sense of humor and compassion even when an Adventurer’s behavior is a problem.
- Have a few short, simple rules and post them. Sample rules: Be kind to others. Use good manners. Listen quietly to others. Follow directions. Be positive.
- Use signals to let the children know when you want their attention. Signals can be just about anything such as quickly turning a light on and off, turning a flashlight on and off, raising your hand, or using a clicker.
- Use silence. Stop what you are doing and stay quiet until their focus is back on you.
- Make eye contact. Often getting a child to look at you is a good way to get her to stop what she is doing and focus on you.
- Use names. If you say an Adventurer’s name followed by a question or directions, you can usually get him back on track.
- Stand near an Adventurer to get her back on task.
- Ask adults to interact with the children. If adults are happily participating in the activities, the Adventurers are more likely to model the adults’ behavior. Additionally, having adults involved can prevent misbehavior from escalating.
- Embarrass or shame a child in front of others or privately
- Lose your temper—no screaming, using threats, or nagging
- Hit or spank
- Insult a child by saying “you’re stupid,” “you’re useless,” “you’re a klutz”
- Use sarcasm • Compare children
- Label children
- Demand respect—respect is earned
- Expect children to behave as adults