Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

Ebooks and homeschooling

I have been homeschooling for 14 or 15 years now and I have lots and lots of books and reference material, but the ones I am using the most these days are right on my computer!

For Geography I started using the resources over on Geography Matters. I can print whatever I want whenever I want and it's so much easier to store than three or more Geography books. My children have enjoyed using the maps and resources through them as well.

Of course I have used the Language Arts Program for two years now and have found them to be very good and my kids enjoy them. I have the high school writing program as well.

I recently discovered that Kathryn Stout's Design a Study books are available as e-books and I highly recommend them. They are low cost and cover many grades and make it easier for mom to teach several kids at once with supplemental library books and resources. It helps me to know that I have covered everything that I need to cover particularly in science, history and spelling.

And the best part about all of these programs is that I can use them, save on my computer and print them out whenever I need to and I'll also have them when Rosie is old enough to need them.

Of course I also use Mozy Unlimited Backup to make sure my e-book purchases can travel with me from computer to computer.

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