At a Business and Professional Exchange meeting today, I met Dr. Skinner. She is a long time Kokomoan and has contributed highly to our community and to the Kokomo School system. She operates a special education childhood center I wanted to let you know about. I visited the center and it’s really cool!! Check this out!
Parents are the first teachers from birth until the child enters school. The Very Early Childhood Education Center located in the Inventrek Building wants to help you be your child’s best first teacher. The program is FREE!
They will send you a newsletter each month with ideas and suggestions.
They will loan you a tote of toys and books each month that is appropriate for the age of your child (ren).
They have a wonderful Activity where YOU can help your child learn through play. Painting, clay, blocks, crafts, toys, using imagination, bowling, hop scotch, bean bag toss, and much more.
The center is located in the Inventrek Building at 700 E. Firmin, Kokomo. It is room 208. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Give them a call at 457-0858 ext 219 or drop by for a visit during open hours. An adult (parent, grandparent, caregiver, etc.) must always be with and play with the child (ren). The program is appropriate for children birth to six years of age.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for family and friends, AND KIDS! This year on Wednesday Night we joined our classes together for a THANKFUL Party. We made cookies and cards, did crafts, played games and watched Madam Blueberry who was not a happy berry until she was thankful. Good video to watch at any age. Anyway, we ended with a short devo, stacked with sugar and ready to go home with parents. WONDERFUL TIME!! Here are a few pictures. Some of them are blurry… sorry about that.
I’ve heard about and felt many of the frustrations outlined in this post. Now that I have teens wrestling with schedule issues, I understand how hard it is to parent through it. However, Youth Ministers and Families are on the same team, they have to be. How can we come together in a godly way to love our kids truly closer to Jesus?
Moses wasn’t called to do anything easy. His life bears out the challenges that he faced. God set him on a path at the burning bush that would profoundly change not only his life but history as well. Our focus this year is to not allow those moments of history to be relegated to an occasional reading or teaching—but to allow the reality of God’s intervention to engross us. By the way, Jesus called us as Christians to a clear purpose. We articulate that in our goal of “loving people one step closer to Jesus.” It is my prayer that MWLTC, rather than becoming a side event we acknowledge or even tolerate, but instead bring to life in our congregation and our kids, the power of God’s call to us today. Here’s some things currently happening with mwLTC in general.
We working really hard to get guidelines reviewed and available. All will be posted at mwltc.net
We are adding at least two events this year. One is the Spoken Word, which is really exciting. We are going to call this a BETA event, which means we are trying it out. While there are guidelines, they are general, no evaluations, all who step up will get a participant and be helping get the activity fine tuned. We are also opening up an option for Bible Reading and Bulletin Boards to be done at home.
We are looking to sponsor and area wide youth rally of sorts at Green Valley on November 9. More info to come.
We are blessed to have many early child hood educators and folks knowledgeable to work with kids. It’s time to look at our kid areas in our building. Particularly Room 111, 112, 113 and 117.
Are these spaces kid friendly?
What goes on in a child’s mind when they come to these spaces? Is the space age appropriate? Is it fun for the kids?
Environment is a huge message to kids and their parents. Are we sending the message we want to send?
It’s challenging because of the multiple uses some of this space serves. Are there things we can do to help these spaces serve the kids ministry better?
I am inviting anyone interested in the congregation to form a group with me to consider this need. First meeting will be 30 minutes long, starting at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14. Let me know you can come or you are interested. The form below works well and is provided for your convenience. I’m looking forward to the discussion!
Two Special Opportunities to Help with VBS are this week!!
Wednesday at 3:00 (7/17)
Our fabulous drama team is videoing for our skit production for VBS. I can’t wait to see the amazing things they will come up with. Anyone can help… we need lots of “crowds”!! Feel free to use the response box below to volunteer or ask questions.
Friday at 10:00 a.m. (7/19)
We are gathering at the Building to work on Craft Preparations, Decorations, and Blow Up Posters. We’ll scrap up some munchies including some Robin Helm cookies. Feel free to use the response box below to volunteer or ask questions.
The supplies have been delivered to Oklahoma! This snapshot from facebook tells it all! Also, may pictures Below!
We extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who had helped in any way with the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Effort. So many have brought donations of all sorts. If you would like to learn more, there is a form below. May God bless Kokomo for helping others.
Center Road had a core of wonderful volunteers to provide care for Nursery aged children during Bible Classes and Worship Services. It gives mom and/or dad a chance to worship or serve and our volunteers provide excellent care for the kiddos in a beautiful room dedicated to the littlest ones.
We have been planning and looking forward to our first Vinton Woods Cookout! That occurred, yesterday, June 9. There was excellent attendance and a huge number of children who came – a few we knew and a lot of new folks. We had a great time and look forward to the next Cookout. Hope to see you there! Want to learn more? Leave your info below!
We’ve only just begun the effort, but we are getting lots of encouragement about helping the folks in Oklahoma suffering from the recent tornadoes there. Life seems to move on, but for those who were hit by the storm, life equals disruption for years. Kokomo is still recovering from recent flood damage, but we’ve heard from lots of people in the community thanking us for this effort.
Here’s an update on our efforts.
We are now receiving donations at Center Road. Those items will be loaded and transported on June 12. Details Here.