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We are excited to have your incoming Kindergartener join us in the Elementary classrooms beginning Sunday, June 5th! We know it’ll be the start of what might be a busy week and want to help your child transition go well.  Over the next few days we’ll publish four posts to help you guide your child as he or she begins this new phase. We’ll be answering questions your child might have about classrooms, lessons, and teachers. We’ll also include plenty of photos for you to show your child.


This is a photo of me with my Crossing Kids interns. You’ll see Megann and Brittany around this summer, and meet Jennifer and Ashley in August. (Left to Right: Jennifer, Abby (me), Megann, Ashley, Brittany)


Friday, June 3, 2016

Dear Kindergartener,

My name is Abby and I’m the Elementary Director for Crossing Kids.  That’s just a fancy way of saying that I get to work with Elementary kids and volunteers each week.  I am so excited that you will be joining us in Kindergarten starting this Sunday, June 5th! I know that moving classrooms and going to Kindergarten can be a little scary, but I think you’ll love it! You’ll stay with the same group of kids you’ve been with, but you will move classrooms and meet new volunteers. Your new classroom will be downstairs, so be sure to ask your parents if you can go down the slide instead of taking the stairs!

You’ll meet all sorts of people who can help you when you are downstairs.  In your classrooms you’ll have team leaders who will be in your class most weeks.  There will also be other volunteers who want to play with you and teach you more about God.  If you are ever sick, hurt, or really upset your leaders can come get me and I’ll be happy to help you.

You might be wondering, is Kindergarten like Preschool? And the answer is, yes! Just like in your preschool rooms you’ll have toys to play with, snacks to eat, go to Large Group, make crafts, and play games.  Because you are growing up some things will be different. This summer we’ll teach you some sign language to help you learn more about God, and lots of other things too!  In Kindergarten Large Group looks a little different, but you’ll get to know the large group teachers throughout the summer.  And do you know what? You’ll still get to see some of your Large Group friends! That’s right! You’ll get to see Candace, Courtney, and Kristin throughout the next few weeks!

Here is the classroom routine for this summer:

  • Welcome and free-play
  • Worship, Lesson and Discussion in the Large Group room (you get to sit on huge blankets!)
  • Activity in the classroom
  • Snack, free-play, and check-out

I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! Kindergarten will be a wonderful time, and I will be praying that you continue learning more about God, and learn to love him more too.  See you in a few days!


Abby McClelland

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