For the next two weeks we get to talk about Esther. What a wonderful story with lots of lessons that can be applied to our every day lives. Today's lesson is on how Esther became queen. What application is best made? We could talk about obedience/respect for those who take care of us (Esther/Mordecai). We could talk about using wisdom when approaching a difficult situation (Esther when she goes to visit the King for the night). We could talk about how we should stand up for what is right even if we get punished for it (Queen Vashti). We could talk about learning not to talk too much (Mordecai advised Esther not to tell her ancestry). Then there's the lesson about Mordecai warning Esther about the plot against the King -- but that's for Wednesday night.
Kings of Israel/Judah: I think the kids are getting the Kings of Judah down (at least when they sing the song).
Ecclesiastes 12:8-13: We copied the 4th section Wednesday night. This morning we'll read it together, say it from memory together and if anyone wants to attempt what we've written from memory, they'll get a chance to do that.
Esther: Introduce the main characters of the story (King Ahaseurus, Queen Vashti, Mordecai, Esther). Write their names on the board and give a brief description of who they are (their position, who they're related to, etc). Tell the story of Esther becoming queen. I'll be reading from Esther 1 and 2 and making comments as necessary as we go along.
Book of the Old Testament: This is going well. Just a couple of them have trouble with the Minor Prophets.