Articles by Chris Solaas

Chris Solaas is a poet, novelist, a songwriter, and an Eagle Scout. He has worked for close to three decades in various children’s ministries like the Boy Scouts, Awana, and Sunday School. He spends his days as a programmer analyst for a chemical manufacturer. His evenings are spent with his loving wife and kids, four cats, and a snow-white bi-eyed monster dog who eats trees. Below is a listing of articles Chris has written for The Sunday School Zone Blog. See Chris’s full bio here.

Chris Solaas on The Sunday School Zone Blog

Chris Solaas has worked for 25 years in various children’s ministries like the Boy Scouts, Awana, and Sunday School. He spends his days as a programmer analyst for a chemical manufacturer. His evenings are spent with his loving wife and kids, four cats, and a snow-white bi-eyed monster dog who eats trees. Chris is a…

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Learning Styles Part 3: Visual Learners

It’s been a known fact for decades that different children learn, well, differently. Even before the pioneering work of Cynthia Tobias in her book, The Way They Learn, educators have understood that different children process information and store it through different “gates.” These learning styles manifest themselves in observable ways early on. It is one…

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When Is Food Not Fun?

Sunday School and other children’s Bible classes at church often give out snacks for the kids. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this and sometimes the lesson plan actually calls for some special treat. However, some kids in your Sunday School class may have food allergies or special dietary restrictions that impact what the child can eat…

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What Children with ADD/ADHD Wish Their Teachers Knew

It was Sunday Night, and my daughter’s teacher from church sent home a note for the children’s parents. “Help, or else.” When nobody else volunteered, I said I’d do it. I had no idea what I was in for. There were 25 children ages 3 and 4 in there (two children with ADD/ADHD) with one…

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A Father’s Day Riddle

I love riddles and I love being a father. So, I’ve written a fun, little riddle for all the dads out there reading this on or about the time of Father’s Day. I trust the Father’s Day riddle (and this article) will encourage Christian fathers out there to be the man (and dad) God has…

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Evaluating Security in Your Children’s Ministries

A primary concern in any children’s ministry is ensuring the children in our care are safe. Whether you are a Children’s Pastor or a parent, evaluating your church’s security procedures needs to be a consideration. Here are five things every church can do to ensure your church is a safe place to learn about God. Background…

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Grabbing Attention In An Age of Distraction

In our media-saturated world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to hold the attention of our kids long enough to impart knowledge to them, whether at church or school. Video games, sound bites, flash-ads, and 30-second commercials have worked together to shorten the expected attention span of children and adults, too! This isn’t news to those who…

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