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…

Language arts for high school.

Sam and I have used a variety of sources for high school literature. So far they have all been very helpful and enjoyable for both of us!

In 9th grade Sam was enrolled with Bravewriter's Boomerang series
which he used for the entire year. It was his entire language arts program. We are also working through their Help for High School writing program.

Last year I found a number of study guides online for books I wanted Sam to read for American Literature. Then about midway through the year I found Lightening Literature and Composition for American Literature. We read all the books they suggested, and studied the information on each book and then Sam had a reading assignment for each book. I really felt that he had a good understanding of American Literature as well as exposure to a lot of different authors by the time he was finished.

This year we are moving on with Hewitt's Lightening Literature and Composition for Shakespeare. But for the first part of the year he has enjoyed two online courses from Homeschool Connections. The first was on The Canterbury Tales and the second on King Arthur and Christ. Sam enjoyed both courses and did pretty well on the quizzes for each week's lessons.

Next year I hope to tackle some World Literature and perhaps Christian Classics, but I will be very open to whatever else Homeschool Connections offers next year for its high school students.

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