The countdown began days (weeks?) ago. Only 6 days left…or 2 for eighth graders! Students, and teachers, are getting ready to end another school year. It has been a year full of many blessings and its share of challenges, but a beautiful year nonetheless.
As we draw the year to a close, here are a few things to keep in mind and pass along to your children:
- “It ain’t over till it’s over!” – This famous quote of baseball giant Yogi Berra applies to school as well. Sometimes children stop trying their best – with academics, but especially with behavior. Encourage your children to be even more mindful of following directions in these final days so they can have a more joyful close to their year. For children who especially struggle with change, some pre-teaching can go a long way in helping to guide them. Depending on your children’s ages, you might want to read a story about perseverance to help them grow in this virtue. (Sports-minded children can easily make connections with teams that play hard until the last whistle.)
- Kindness counts – Pose a challenge to your children – and your family – to see how many acts of kindness they can do each day! If they have a positive goal in mind, it provides a healthy focus that also helps to create a pleasant atmosphere for teachers and classmates.
- Keep routine! – As tempting as it might be this coming Sunday to let them go to bed a little later, try to keep the last days as “normal” as possible to your school routine. This sets the tone that school still matters until the last day.
- Discuss summer plans once school is out – By waiting until children are out of school to share what the summer holds in store, students can keep their focus on the tasks at hand with fewer distractions.
- Pray! – Please pray with your children for the teachers, (administrators!), classmates and siblings as we near the transition. We all need a healthy dose of patience at this time.
Finally, call upon the Holy Spirit, whom we celebrate in a special way this coming Sunday at Pentecost. The powerful gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, piety, fortitude and fear of the Lord can most fully help us to not only “end well,” but also “begin” our summer in the peace and joy of God’s daily will for us.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your love!
God bless you!