Our session this past Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2014) was very enjoyable and was a study in contrasts.
I actually began the session (after preliminary chit-chat and our opening prayer ritual) with a guided reflection in which I invited the young people to talk with Jesus about what they have learned in the first half of the year. The kids were amazingly quiet! It was a very prayerful experience and, in all, lasted about 15 minutes. You could hear a pin drop!
We played our Jeopardy-like review game (Jeopardy-Like Review for 6th grade – 2014) and, while it was effective for reviewing the content we learned in the first half of the year, it also led them to be noisier than at any previous time in the year! My wife and I needed to repeatedly shush them into submission! 🙂
Following all the excitement, we once again returned to the sublime, as I gave them their Ten Commandments Quiz which consisted of them simply writing out the Ten Commandments. Again, it grew very quiet and you could hear a pin drop! I was very pleased with the results (see attached) Almost every one of them got all Ten Commandments correct. A few missed one commandment and a few got some occasional wording incorrect.
I have ordered some simple tassels to distribute to them next week to remind them to keep God’s Commandments, just as God instructed the Jewish people to wear tassels on their garments to remind them of God’s Law. (Numbers 15:37-41)