What the Book of Daniel can teach kids about character

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I enjoyed so many things about my time in children’s ministry. I spent 2012 writing curriculum for the kids I was teaching. We started with the life of Jesus. Then we moved on to the Holy Spirit. We also learned about Daniel and the Armor of God.

The kids really seemed to enjoy Sunday school. The teachers did too. A few friends who worked with me encouraged me to publish my writing. I wasn’t sure at first. I wanted to bless others and not just make a name for myself. But if I didn’t publish, no one would be able to find the curriculum. Amazon lets me make my book free 5 times every 90 days. So every holiday, I go into my dashboard and make the kindle versions of my books free. (The next free day is my birthday, October 23)

I published 14 Things Kids Should Know about Jesus and Armor isn’t Just for Grown Ups! before Clarissa was born. Then I focused on my blog for a bit. Earlier this year, I finally got around to posting Acts of the Holy Spirit: Using the Book of Acts to teach kids about Spiritual Gifts.

Last week, I published What the Book of Daniel can teach kids about character. This is 6 lessons of stories from the Book of Daniel. The children will discuss the famous stories of Daniel in the Lions Den and the Fiery Furnace, among others. Each story presents the character of Daniel and his friends and how their character sets an example for us today.

Acts of the Holy Spirit: Using the book of Acts to talk about Spiritual Gifts

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Back when I was the children’s ministry coordinator at my church, I wasn’t thrilled with the curriculum choices for Sunday school. There were some interesting things out there but they were either really expensive or didn’t fit the kids at my church. I’m kind of an all or nothing person so I couldn’t commit to spending the church’s money on something I wasn’t in love with. So I decided to write my own curriculum. As I was teaching each week, people were telling me that I should publish my curriculum. I finally got around to publishing Acts of the Holy Spirit: Using the book of Acts to talk about Spiritual Gifts in the spring and apparently forgot to write about it on my blog…

Before we studied the book of Acts, we spent 14 weeks learning about Jesus. Naturally, after Easter we talked about Pentecost and then moved into the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This curriculum is just a collection of the lessons that we did that summer. The really cool part about this series was that I found a spiritual gifts test for kids in the book Discover Your Kid’s Spiritual Gifts. So at the beginning of the summer, the kids took the test. Then we learned about the different spiritual gifts. By the end of the summer, the elementary school kids in my church were using their gifts by teaching and serving in so many cool ways.

Amazon lets me make my kindle books free for five days every 90 days, so I try to go in to my promotions and make it free on holidays so it’s easier for me to remember. So the next time you can download it for free would be Monday, September 4, 2018 for Labor Day. Now Amazon also has a feature that you can actually order a print copy of the book, so you can order that way if you prefer. But I can’t make that version free because of the cost of printing the book.

Usually, I publish a curriculum version and a family devotion version of each unit. But this one is different because many of the lessons were spent acting out the Bible stories. I felt like it would be harder to do that around a dinner table.

Armor Isn’t Just for Grown Ups!

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This was another curriculum that I wrote for our Children’s Ministry. We were learning about the Full Armor of God. We used this playset┬áthe church had from a long time ago. I think it would be helpful to have either armor or a picture of armor as a visual for your lessons.

Each lesson also includes a memory verse, follow up activity, discussion questions, and prayer.

The family devotional version has the same lesson and also includes a memory verse, questions, and prayer.

Amazon has a feature now where I can self publish a print book, so these are both available on kindle and in paperback.

14 Things Kids Should Know About Jesus

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This was the first curriculum that I wrote for our Children’s Ministry. We started it the week after Christmas and finished it on Easter Sunday. I wanted the children to really learn about Jesus. Not just the stories about Him, but about His character. This curriculum studies Jesus as someone who was fully God and fully man, has friends, is humble, loves people, is obedient, humble, prays, heals, provides, cares about people, teaches, does the right thing, never gives up, brings glory to God, and saves.

Each lesson has a lesson, memory verse, follow up questions, additional follow up activity, and prayer.

I also used this curriculum to make a family devotional. Each lesson is the same and includes a memory verse, follow up questions, and prayer.

Welcome to My Kindle Books!

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I have always enjoyed writing. I started writing poetry in fourth grade. I have a story that I wrote in sixth grade that I saved so that I could make it into a novel and publish someday. I was even the editor of my high school newspaper.

When I worked as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at my church, I didn’t feel like the curriculum available fit what our kids needed. So I prayed about it and God gave me a plan for a year. I worked there for about a year and a half and wrote most of the curriculum that we used for Sunday School. After I was laid off from that job, God told me to publish my writing. I assumed that it was so that we could use that income to support our growing family. But I’ve only sold a few books in the past year. God told me the purpose of these writings was to bless other families.

So far, I have only published things I wrote while at the church. If there are two versions of the book there is a curriculum and a family devotional. The lesson is the same in both versions. The curriculum has more follow up activities. Use whatever is a better fit for your family.