CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEWSLETTER
NEW SONG CHURCH FALL 2020



PAM'S PAGE: A NOTE FOR PARENTS

I miss you and your children and think of you often during this strange and stressful pandemic time. At New Song there are children and youth in 7 different school districts so there is no one consistent school situation all experience. But many might be experiencing uncertainty, fears, lonesomeness or frustration-while also enjoying being home with family. Whatever the case, even if not outwardly evident, change impacts children and teens in diverse ways--and that change can bring all kinds of emotions to the surface.

I can only imagine what it is like for those of you who are helping teach your children at home---or how it feels to send children off to school wearing masks or to search for child care or work at home with a child sitting next to you! Family life has certainly changed these last few months
bringing with it all kinds of new challenges and experiences. 

Thus, I pray for you and your children asking God to be with you. I also send two words you might find helpful. The first is for your children:
ROUTINE which keeps children grounded and helps them feel safe and in control. Secondly, a word for you: RELAX. Now, it may seem impossible
for you to relax right now, I get that. But experts and experience tell us how important it is to find time for ourselves: to regroup, refresh, and restore our spirits.

My wish for you is that you find a bit of time doing something just for you. It is amazing what a short nap or a solitary walk can do. Lighting a candle
or a good book can take us outside of our lives. A few minutes of peaceful music, meditation or prayer can lift spirits and allow God's peace to enter
our hearts. My fervent hope is that you can find that time for yourselves as you care and teach your children. Even adults need recess!

Blessings,
Pam (aka Miss Pam)
314-960-7973 pamkjennings@outlook.com

TWO TEACHING TIPS FOR WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH!


Brain research tells us that learning is assimilated best at the first of a sequence. Therefore, building in several breaks in the learner's day helps to reset the brain to start a new learning sequence after the break.

1. Build in a Music break. 
Music motivates, uses multiple intelligences, can include movement
and be multi-sensory. It is useful for language and listening skills, can be stress reducing and a singing-reading connection can be built in. Besides that, it can inspire and even change the chemistry and
attitude of the listener. So, sing and dance and listen to music every day!

2. Build in "Recess".
Most teachers will relate that children concentrate better after gym class or recess. Dutch researchers found that children's cognitive test scores were even higher if they had outlets to move and "blow off
steam" with physical movement. Try exercise breaks between online learning tasks like: running around the house outside, doing jumping jacks in 3 different rooms, crawling under tables and crab walking.
Be creative!

THE NEWEST SONGBIRD!

Congratulations to Adam and Kristina Faires on the birth of Carter Renee Faires. Carter was born on September 20 th to her teacher Daddy and
nurse Mommy. Carter is the granddaughter of Darrell and Judy Faires and Debbie Kaiser, niece to Emily and Drew Cook and Amanda and Jimmy
Houglin, and cousin to Braylon, Maycie, Julia, and Savannah. Welcome to New Song as the newest Songbird, Carter! We ask God to bless you and
your family.

PRAYERS

Nikki Hurst, Morgan and Mason's Mom, has had several health concerns the last few months that included recent surgery. Please keep Nikki and her family in your prayers as she gains strength.

Miss Sally, New Song Youth leader, is healing at home after knee surgery. Get well, Miss Sally!

Please send any other news of NS families and kids to   pamkjennings@outlook.com
Also, I would love to have pictures and 
quotes from your children for the next Thanksgiving newsletter. Thanks!

FOR SONGBIRDS AND FRIENDS!
(Use 5 fingers wiggling like birds when you say the words)
This little sparrow found bread to eat.
This little sparrow enjoyed the sun's heat.
This little sparrow sat in the nest sung and warm.
This little sparrow flew about safe from harm.
This little sparrow chirped all day long.
I heard him/her singing his happy song.
God sees the sparrows and God sees me.
God cares for sparrows and God cares for me!

FOR SUPERKIDS AND NEW SONG YOUTH: Quick as a Wink Prayers

Say a little prayer to God when:
You see a leaf fall from a tree
You think of a friend
Someone smiles at you

Give a prayer of thanks for:
Parents
A sibling or friend
Your teacher
Pray for:
Children who are hungry
People who don't have a home
Someone who is sad or worried.


SHOW KIDS YOU CARE: smile at them, be flexible, delight in their
uniqueness, let them make mistakes, listen to their music, become their
advocate, send your child a "love note".

COMING SOON:
New Song Youth Zoom with Rex and Sally monthly
Text/email video for Songbirds and SuperKids from Miss Pam
(Parents please check your email next week)