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Welcome to the Real World

When Dorothy arrives in the Land of Oz, she looks around and tells her dog, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” You may feel like Dorothy as you realize children are growing up in a different world than you did!

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Five Pointers for Praying With Kids

We all have different “comfort zones” when it comes to prayer. Use these prayer pointers to expand your comfort zone!

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What Does It Take?

A wise person once said you only need three loves and two skills to be a good teacher.

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10 Tips for Becoming a Good Active Listener

One of the most precious gifts you can give to the children in your group is to truly listen to them. When you listen, you’re giving them permission, inviting them to ask important questions and explore their faith.

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Praying With Children

Are you looking for some ways to encourage the kids in your group to talk and listen to God? If so, check out these suggestions for teaching children about prayer. 

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Questions About Questions

Wondering what the best kinds of questions are to stimulate kids’ imaginations and nurture their faith in the classroom? Check out these tips...

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Stay Limber!

We expect those who provide a service to have expertise in that area and to be equipped to meet that specific need. The same applies to teachers: kids expect you to speak from experience when you teach — to “walk your talk,” as we say.

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Transparency — Use It!

Transparency isn’t just another name for an “overhead” — it’s also an essential quality of a good teacher. To be true to Christ and to the kids you teach, cultivate honesty in your life by keeping in mind these tips. 

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Finding Support

Sunday school teachers are a lot like plants. Without support they’ll dry up, wither away, and disappear. Sounds pretty harsh, right? But that’s the way it is with ministry.

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Discipline—WWJD?

As one experienced teacher put it, creating a disciplined environment to ensure optimal learning requires equal parts of technique and personality.

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Dear Teacher: Heartfelt Advice for Teachers from Students

The kids who collaborated to write and star in this "Dear Teacher" video represent students with various learning disabilities. They wanted to share with educators how their brain works and offer simple ways teachers can help. 

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A Wonderful Way to Retell God’s Story

Looking for an impromptu, meaningful way for the children in your small group to retell the Bible story? Check out this idea from blogger Mina Munns at Flame: Creative Kids Children’s Ministry.

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The Immigrant Experience

God must love immigrants — the Bible is so full of them! Here are some building blocks that will help you welcome children from immigrant families. 

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Growing Kids' Gifts

Children aren’t the church of tomorrow — they’re the church of today just as much as adults are! Find ways you can help kids identify, develop, and use their gifts for the benefit of the body.

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Bible Story Characters to Make and Use

I recently found a fabulous pattern for making wonderful stand-up Bible story characters. I’ve listed three ideas for how you might use them but I'm sure there are many more! 

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Bible Teaching Method Using Puppets

Puppets can be a great teaching tool for Sunday School teachers. They encourage creativity and can help lessons "stick." 

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Any Recommendations for Resources on Prayer and Fasting for Children?

Have you come across something or developed something to help kids learn about and experience the spiritual habit of fasting? By fasting, I don't necessarily mean fasting from food, but abstaining from something for a specific period of time for the sake of seeking God more fully.

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Listening to Kids

How can we make listening a key part of our time together with kids?

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Getting-to-Know-You Games

I always like to spend a few minutes playing a getting-to-know-you game on the first day of Sunday school. Here are two of my favorites.

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What is our Primary Role as Teachers?

The answer seems obvious: to teach the Bible story or lesson we've been assigned. But I wonder if it's more nuanced than that.

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Disguising the Discussion

Sitting still to answer questions is really hard for active kids. So I’m collecting ideas for jumpstarting conversations and disguising discussions. Here are a few that have worked for me. 

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Beat The Winter Blahs!

Although everyone appreciates peace after a busy holiday season, by February things can seem a bit too quiet! Break up the long winter weeks by incorporating a “Beat the Winter Blahs” day into your season! Here's how . . .

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A New Bible App for Kids

On Thanksgiving Day (USA), YouVersion launched a new Bible app for kids. It promises to be an animated adventure designed to help kids explore the big stories of the Bible and begin cultivating a love for Scripture at a young age.

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Creativity Boost

It's September! Are you ready to share the stories of faith? To create space for wonder, awe, worship, and imagination? Sometimes the thing that takes a lesson from excellent to amazing is the little spark of creativity that piques kid's interest.

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Prayer Ideas

Looking for new ideas for praying with kids in your classroom next season? Check out these creative prayer practices collected on Pinterest by our friends at the NC Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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