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kregel.comacademic 20 TABLE OF CONTENTS ENDORSEMENTS This book is filled with what the authors are best known for compassionate and practical help for church and special needs ministries. Every minister to children should read it Christine Yount Jones Group Publishing An amazing resource for all churches with programming for children. The specificity and range of this new book are not only supportive of children with special needs but the suggestions will serve to improve the quality and welcome for all children. Barbara J. Newman CLC Network Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo have pulled from their vast resources and personal experiences to create a how-to book that provides help beyond setting up an inclusive ministry program. This book offers instant ideas from peer greeters to sponge activities and service projects for the teacher who wants to include a child with special needs but feels unequipped to do so. Marjorie Redford HeartShaper Childrens Curriculum 1. Creating a Welcoming Space for Children 2. Communicating Warmth and Safety at Arrival Time 3. Strategies to Prepare Children for Learning 4. Creating a Positive Classroom Culture 5. Teaching the Truths of the Bible 6. Activities to Enhance Learning 7. Ideas for Holidays and Holy Days 8. Teaching Children to Serve at Church 9. Strategies for Successfully Wrapping Up an Activity 10. Bible Activities for Families to Enjoy at Home Every Child Welcome A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo Jesus set a high standard when He said Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. The call is not limited to children who will sit quietly at His feet and listen who color between the lines who raise their hands and wait to be called upon and who work at grade level. Childrens ministries are responsible to be ready to bring children with disabilities to Jesus feet too. Every Child Welcome is the guide for leaders and volunteers to assist in purposeful planning and skill development for a ministry inclusive of children with unique needs. Experienced childrens ministry leaders and parents of special- needschildrenthemselvestheauthorsaresuperblyequippedtooffer a thoughtful thorough approach to creating a positive environment for childrenone where all children will be able to digest the important concepts being taught. For leaders and volunteers Every Child Welcome will provide the knowledge and tools to create a welcoming environment before kids arrive welcome children and set a positive tone help children learn more effectively by connecting new information to what they already know reinforce the main idea of a lesson building background knowledge and reviewing important concepts supplement instruction with hands-on activities to increase attention and participation Katie Wetherbee MA Hood College is co-owner of Hope Educational Consulting in Northern Ohio. Jolene Philo MS Drake University is a writer speaker and blogger in Boone Iowa. Her other publica- tions include Different Dream Parenting. 978-0-8254-4350-3 14.99 Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 176 pages Christian Ministry Children Kregel Ministry Rights World Available MINISTRY ISBN 978-0-8254-4350-3 9 7 8 0 8 2 5 4 4 3 5 0 3