Once again, one of our graduates told us that he already knew, by heart, the poems being studied in his high school Poetry Class. He had learned the poems, in a very organic way, at St. Michael's.
As part of what we call our "Morning Opening", we gradually learn a psalm and a poem. After our simple morning prayers, the students read the psalm and poem we have printed in large font and posted on the wall. On Tuesday and Thursday, we provide "recitation opportunities" for those who would like to recite, from memory, as much of the Psalm or poem as they can. Gradually all the children learn both the Psalm and the poem. For the teachers, our "Morning Opening" is a serious class, but for the children, it is wonderful fun and games.