Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.

Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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Sam's PLAN test results.

I blogged back on June 1 about the PLAN test. This is the pre-test for the ACT exam which is usually given in the sophomore year.

Sam got his results back and we saw a lot of improvement from last year. I can clearly see how he did by looking at the graphs. The results also tell me that he is above college readiness in math and reading!! Yeah! At college readiness for English but below for science- so I know what we have to work on!


Some other neat features of the PLAN test - they give you the answers from the test so that you can actually review them in the answer book to see what you missed! They also provide concrete suggestions on how to improve in those areas.


Finally they give you an idea of how you would currently score on the ACT and what types of colleges would be interested in those scores. I think that is very helpful.

I am looking forward to sharing these results with our superintendent when we re-notify for next year, and also with our reading specialist and portfolio evaluator who has been so helpful to me over the past years.

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