Monday, June 11, 2012

Saying Goodbye!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

We have finished out our year and are starting our summer camp program. I want to go back and let you know what we did through the month of May to help each of us think about the last 5 months that we have been together. This was a happy and sad month for all of us. I am always so happy to see how my children have grown throughout the year physically, socially and academically. Each one has worked very hard and achieved so much. Each will go on to a new class with a new teacher and continue on their journey of growth.

The sad part is, like every year, I have grown also in my attachment to each and every one of these precious young children and will miss them very much. Some will stay at the school and I will still see them every day and some are moving on to other schools and soon we will lose touch as has happens every year.

Throughout the year I take a lot of pictures and I allow the children to take pictures also. So we decided to make scrapbooks that the children could look back on and recall friends, special days and great times. Each child picked out 15 pictures that they would like to use to make a 5-page scrapbook. We each had a 1” three-ring binder, sheet protectors and scrapbook paper. Each day they were allowed to create a three-photo page by cutting their pictures, gluing and adding stickers. These were their pages and had no input from me. On the cover was a picture of the whole class. I have to say these turned out very cute and will be a keepsake.

To keep our scrapbook in we used White Canvas Backpacks (BACKPACK)  and BioColor® Paint (BIO16) with BioColor® Fabric Medium (BIOFAB). Each child chose a color and put their handprint on all 12 backpacks. We wrote their names next to each handprint and put the school, class and year on each. The binder slipped very nicely inside the backpack and each child was excited to take them home to share with their families.

I will miss this class, like I miss each class. A new class will be starting in the fall and I will grow to love, encourage and hopefully motivate each one to look forward to their continued growth.

Our Bible verse through-out the school year is. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” - Philippians 4:13

Have a blessed summer.

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