Items Needed:

Tactile Letters: P, R
Books: What Do People Do All Day, A Warrior Prince for God, Princess with a Purpose
CD: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1
Games: Decks of cards
Worksheets: Kick Characters, My Purple Book, My Home, Esther
Activities: Fruit Loops, lacing string, Legos, bean bag, Block Activity, candy, see-through container, small items, blanket, cinnamon, sugar, flour tortillas, margarine, star cookie cutter, tissue paper, glue

Objectives:

Character Trait: Courage
Definition: Bold and brave, making good choices even when others don’t
Opposite: Scared

Bible Story: Esther
Objective:  God will help me make the right choice even when those around me do not.
Scripture: Esther 1-10
The Beginner's Bible : pg 240
Through the Bible in Felt : Story #91-92

Comprehension Questions:
Name the people in the Bible story.
Who was Esther?
Who did Esther save?
How did Esther have courage?
Esther had courage to do what God wanted her to do. What do you need courage to do?

Verse: Psalm 56:3-4 - When I am afraid, I will trust in you, in God whose Word I praise.
Steve Green – Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol. 1 - #5

Bible Song: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (Traditional)
He's got the whole world in His hands (3x)
The whole world in His hands.

Create your own verses:
He's got our family...
He's got the mountains and the rivers...
He's got the fish and the birds...

Math: Patterns

Letters: P, R
P - body and bubble
R - body, bubble, kick out

Information: Write phone number & address.
My Color Book:  Purple

Book of the Week:
What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry

Fine Motor Skill:  Fruit Loop Necklace
Gross Motor Skill:  Bean Bags
Visual Perception Skill: Block Activity

Suggested Activities:

• Character Trait: 
- It takes courage to stand up for what is right.  Discuss and role play examples of peer pressure and how to handle it.  For example:  Your brother told you to eat a cookie but you heard mom say earlier that the cookies are for after supper.

- I Can Have Courage Because Jesus is Always with Me
(Have the child choose five things in the room to bring to you. Place the items in a small area on the floor and place a small blanket over the items.)
Can the objects be seen?  Are the objects still there even though they can't be seen?  How do you know that the objects are still there?  (Remove the blanket.) Just like our memory verse says, "When I am afraid, I will trust in you" because Jesus is always with us even though we can't see Him.

(With the objects gathered, turn this activity into a memory game. Without the child watching, remove one object. Have the child figure out which object is missing. For greater difficulty, remove more than one object or add similar items.)

- This is a wonderful time to focus on little girls being God's Princesses and boys being Warrior Princes. Here are two wonderful books:
Warrior Prince for God Princess with a Purpose  Read A Warrior Prince for God and Princess with a Purpose by Kelly Chapman.  Read book review...

• Bible:
- ABCJLM Bible Workbook  ABCJLM Bible Workbook: Spread a thin layer of glue on the Esther worksheet.  Cover with small squares of tissue paper.  Let dry and cut out.

- Tortilla Stars Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Stars
(Esther means "star.")  Spread margarine on flour tortillas.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut stars out of a flour tortilla.  Bake approx 10 minutes in 350 degree oven until crisp.

- "Remember When..."
God took care of Esther and Mordecai.  As a family talk about times that God took care of your family in the past.  Start each moment with the words, "Remember when...."  It may take a few examples from the adults for the child to think of an example.   End the time with a prayer of thanksgiving.

• Math:
- Make various patterns with Legos. Have your child tell you the pattern. Switch and have the child make a tower and you tell him the pattern.

- Using playing cards create patterns.  Here are a few ideas:
Skipbo or Uno – make a pattern with the numbers or colors
Dutch Blitz – boy/girl pattern
Regular Deck of Cards – Queen/King pattern

• Letters:
- Weeks 31-32 focus on the kick characters - those characters that kick out from the center point. Start by creating the characters P and K using play dough snakes or pipe cleaners and move to writing on the Kick worksheet. Show how an "R" is made by making a "P" and then "kicking out."

- Estimate
Place approx 14 pieces of candy in a see-through container.  Discuss what estimating means.  Have your child estimate how many pieces there are in the container.   Using the numbers your child wrote, lay the pieces of candy on each number to see the correct amount.

• Information:
- My Home On the My Home worksheet, help the child write his phone number and address on the house.  Have the child draw a picture of himself in the doorway.

• My Color Book:
Cut, color, and finish the My Purple Book.  Help your child read the lines.

• Book of the Week:
- Discuss what occupation your child may want to do when she grows up.

- Take a field trip to various workplaces to view different careers.

• Fine Motor Skills:
Necklace 3 Create an edible necklace by stringing fruit loops in an AB pattern on lacing string.

• Gross Motor Skills:
On several pieces of paper write the number 0-10.  Lay the pieces of paper on the floor.  Throw a bean bag at the papers and jump up and down representing the number it lands on.  Then spread the numbers farther apart and have the child run to the number called.

• Visual Perception Skill:
Block Activity Block Activity

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