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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…

Valentine’s Day: What’s a Church to Do?

You know the holidays can dictate a train of thought for our kids. Media, family and school all contribute to a child’s perspective on any given holiday (or issue for that matter). For church and ministry, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but we have to be cautious that the secular interpretation of…

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Can the Bible Speak to Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is that time of year when we typically think about romantic love; boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives. And while the Bible has much to say about romantic relationships, emphasizing “romance” with children isn’t really healthy or appropriate. But that doesn’t mean children are excluded from this fun holiday. Peers, teachers, and family members…

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Teaching Kids About Love In Our Homes

‘Tis the Season! No, not that season, the Valentine’s Day Season! With all the messages about love on TV and in social media in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, how about a little refresher course on love for parents and teachers? Here are three simple things to consider as you think about teaching…

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Free Bible Lessons for Kids

SundaySchoolZone.com provides a growing number of free Bible lessons for children. These are very simple plans for teaching selected stories to kids using the free, printable Bible lesson activities on the site. These lessons typically come in sets of four or five Bible lessons in case you want to teach a series of lessons on…

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Parents’ 10 Essentials for Back to School

For parents of school-agers, this is a season of buying new backpacks, sneakers, and school supplies. You may be catching your breath from the flurry of summer trips and special activities, and now you’re looking forward to the comfort of a routine the school year brings. Still, this is a time of transition and that…

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Fostering Thankfulness in Children

The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time of year and provides a great opportunity to help children understand the value of gratitude in our lives. As Christian parents and teachers, however, we want to do more than simply remind our kids that they should say “thank you.” We want to foster a spirit of thanksgiving…

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Kid’s Ministry Top 6 Back To School Ideas

How does your Kid’s Ministry respond to families at this time of year as kids go back to school? This time of year provides a great annual opportunity for ministry to kids and their families. Just as churches recognize Easter and Christmas as a time to reach unchurched families and their children, the back to…

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Teaching Gratitude in the Month of November

If you’re like many Christian parents and teachers, you’re wondering how to help your children rise above the hype and think about more eternal things during this season. Here are some ideas to help you get a head start on the season by getting kids to ponder some things for which they should be grateful. Idea…

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Five Keys to Storytelling

Good stories have inherent value; you can read a good story in a monotone drone and the child can still enjoy it and learn from it. Yet you can enhance the effectiveness of the story with a good presentation. These points are especially applicable to Bible story presentations. Use your VOICE. Your voice is your…

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