Monday evening was my last class of the year with my 4th graders. I’m gonna miss these little guys…they were a very sweet class and we had a good experience together.
We began with a closing Mass in church and, for the second year in a row, the organist chose to sing “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad” as the responsorial and for the 2nd year in a row, my students recognized it as the refrain that we used to start class each and every week!
I have to admit that it was a bit frustrating to watch the kids at Mass. Not that their behavior was that bad but they just don’t seem to be very aware of what’s going on at Mass. They don’t seem at all engaged. I can only hope that as the years progress, they will develop a deeper appreciation for the liturgy.
We had about 15 minutes left in our classroom for me to offer some closing thoughts, present a gift to my aide Daneen, and invite the kids to come forward to the prayer table and accept a little wooden cross that I gave each of them. They also retrieved the symbol that they had brought for our prayer table and took home one of the battery operated tea lights that we used for our reflective prayer during the year. I enouraged them to use it to continue praying on their own at home. They also took home their Finding God student book.
On the way out, the kids blessed themselves with holy water one last time and shook my hand. Here’s a picture of the prayer table for our last day of class.