The Sunday School Zone Blog

The Sunday School Zone Blog contains insights on children’s spiritual formation as well as tips, ideas, and suggestions to help Christian parents and leaders as they work with kids of all abilities (and even adults with special needs) at home, church, and school. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please visit our Writer Inquiries page and then send us an explanatory email at [email protected] describing the kind of writing you’d like to do. We welcome those who have something of substance to say to Christian parents and teachers of children. You already know that Sunday School Zone offers tons of free, printable Bible activities for kids. If you think you’d like to contribute, please read more…

Balancing Santa and The Savior

You probably have already heard yourself several times this holiday using the phrase, “The real meaning of Christmas.” It may not be those exact words, but the sentiment is common among Christian teachers and parents. Why do we constantly have to point out the real meaning of Christmas? The truth is because “Christmas” doesn’t generally…

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Generating Generosity

Most parents and teachers have had that moment when we’ve seen a child, perhaps even our own child, show a truly non-generous side. The toy is snatched away from the outstretched hands of another child who wants to play. Candy is hidden away in a pocket with a defiant, “Mine!” Even older children and teens…

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Including Older Adults This Holiday Season

The holidays can be the most joyful time of the year for some and the most painful time of the year for others. For many people in our churches and community, the holidays bring a lot of bitter sweet feelings as happy memories mix with the reality of loss. This is most widespread among our…

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Teaching Kids How to Be Fishers of Men

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him (Matt. 4:18-20, KJV).…

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What Is The “Heaven” Jesus Is Preparing?

In order to facilitate teaching older preschoolers the biblical story, we have created a simple framework for the story that includes the following elements that we call the God’s Unfolding Story Narrative Elements. God Made Everything People Disobeyed God God Chose A Special People Jesus Came To Help Us Jesus Began The Church Jesus Is…

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Contagious Thanksgiving

It had not been a great day and I wasn’t expecting things to get better. And, this was not even my regular class. I had volunteered to help out with the younger class on Wednesday nights for a few weeks, and even though I love this age group, that night I was not feeling it.…

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Behind the Smiles: What Are Your Kids Really Going Through?

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous…” (1 Pet. 3:8, KJV). You spend a lot of time trying to manage your kids in Bible class. Shushing, instructing, correcting. In many sessions they may seem like a mass of silly giggles. But behind the…

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Has Faith-Based Animation Been Left Behind?

Unlike any other time in the past, Christian movies have begun to penetrate the film market in a vibrant way. Christian adults are more and more excited to see faith-based content that speaks to them, not just emotionally, or entertainingly, but also spiritually. Content that encourages them to live their lives better. I applaud this.…

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Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

I just finished reading Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines. If you’re like my wife, you are well acquainted with Chip and Joanna Gaines. Or is it Joanna and Chip Gaines? The fact that I even find myself wondering about that should tell you something about the character of this couple who star in HGTV’s Fixer…

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