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 Sunday School Zone 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 to The Sunday School Zone Blog, please read more…

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Seventy Times Seven (Matt. 18:22)

Before Peter asked Jesus if forgiving a brother seven times would be sufficient, Jesus had made some important statements about offenses, confronting offenders, and prayer. He said, “‘If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he won’t listen, take…

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Joy that Comes When a Sinner Repents

Isaiah, the inspired writer of the prophetic book that bears his name, wrote, “We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way” (Isa. 53:6). Yet in some instances, not all the sheep wander off at the same time. Jesus described a scenario in which a shepherd had 100 sheep and…

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Amazing Memory—Part Two

The Amazing Memory of a Young Sports Fan and What It Teaches Us About Imparting Eternal Truths to Her Peers Part Two Here are three simple keys to helping your child learn Scripture. First, make it important. While any effort to help kids memorize Bible verses is better than none, if you try to help…

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The Amazing Memory of a Young Sports Fan – Part One

What It Teaches Us About Imparting Eternal Truths to Her Peers Kalee is a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks (They play at CenturyLink Field [formerly Qwest Field], pictured on the left). She has memorized the names of all the players. That’s right—all the players—not just the well known quarterback and wide receiver, but the…

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Can They Really Understand? (Talking to Preschoolers and Children About Easter: Part 1)

Easter is a special time of the year for believers. Those of us who have taken to heart the reality of Jesus’ mission as the fulfillment of God’s plan are often moved to tears of joy. We are amazed at God’s loving and sacrificial character while, at the same time, we are moved to tears…

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What Do I Say? (Talking to Preschoolers and Children About Easter: Part 2)

Young children growing up in a Scripture-rich environment will hear certain phrases over and over at church and at home. They will hear them enough that they can repeat them as easily as singing the ABC song. But, just because they can say, “Jesus died on the cross for our sins,” or “We have to…

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Relationships 101

As you work with children—no matter what their ages or life stages—relationships are paramount. From babies to teens, kids in class and at home learn and thrive in positive relationships. Of course, each of us has a different personality. Some are full of excitement and smiles. Others of us are more quiet and serious. All…

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Asking Strategic Questions

Frequently the majority of the questions we ask call for a yes or no answer, or a one word answer. Enhance your conversations with questions that lead to deeper thinking and problem solving. Strategic questions keep conversations going, and they usually highlight vitally important elements like relationships with other people and with God. Here are…

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Help! I’m a Parent!

I don’t know about you, but I have faced many, many times when my three came slogging into the room, and almost in unison their little voices chimed out, “I’m BORED!” Of course you know that as a parent, you have a responsibility to keep these little ones from ever being bored! (Just kidding!) Still,…

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