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…

Works for me Wednesday

My 8th grader and I have used Saxon Math since he was in kindergarten. Long-time readers will know that I LOVE Saxon Math and think that if I had had that program in high school, my own math experience would have been a lot different! It never occurred to me that it wouldn't work for one of my kids!

But Gabe just wasn't getting it, and as we finished Saxon 76 it was clear to me that we couldn't move on to Saxon 87 or even Algebra 1/2.  Something had to click with this kid, but it wasn't working with me on Saxon.

When Calvin went to Akron Digital, they used a program called ALEKS, and that had worked well for him, so out of desperation, I signed Gabe up and he likes it!  ALEKS is totally on the computer. There are no books or equipment to buy, (although the program does cost $20 a month, so that's the down side!).  Gabe took an assessment test and the program helped me to place him at the correct level in their program.  Once placed, Gabe got a pie chart that let's him know what has to be accomplished and as he continues on the site it shows his progress.


I can also log in as a parent and see how much time Gabe has put in and what he has mastered.  I can also assign him quizzes and order another assessment.  The chart above is just what Gabe had done since he started this month and I am pleased with his progress.  I don't know if this is what we will continue in high school, but for now it is building his confidence and proving to me that he has mastered the skills we covered this year, before moving on.

Works for Me!

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