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 - Good Online Resources for Moms and Homeschool Moms

I have been a Cindy Rushton Fan and an affiliate for a number of years now.

As I am busily preparing for a new school year, I dutifully pulled off my copy of  Brains in a binder to help me prepare and every year I am struck by the way the forms in the binder help me to think and plan.  As in most binders of this type, there is a place to write down academic, financial and even fitness goals! Maybe it's my time of life, but this year I was also struck by the place to write down things like, "Ways to make a memory this month" and "Plans to bring this child closer this month."  These are things I often think about, but like more of a committment to actually write it all down.

The homeschool planning pages cover the usual lists and planning pages, but also ask questions to help mom and student determine where they are going and what they want to accomplish out of the school year.  Again, I'm sure these are things that every homeschool mom considers, but having a place to actually write it down and keep track of it is extremely helpful.

 The Brains in a Binder worksheet also encourage me to
  •  Document daily and not let all the paperwork pile up somewhere else. It helps me to jot down a little bit every day (sometimes a couple of times a day!)  
  • Helps me to train them to start journaling their own work and reading lists. 
  • Keep all of their work in their notebooks - a big plus for portfolio reviews at the end of the year.

Since Rosie, my 6 year old, wants to run when the cross country kids run, I've also  been plugging into the talks I put on my MP3 player from last year's Ultimate Homeschool Expo and the over 100 Audios from  UHSE 2011!
Just listening to seasoned homeschooled moms who have kids successfully living their lives has been such a boost to me this year!  Being able to listen and walk at the same time while the kids have been running has been a really great use of my time! And best of all, I can listen to the ones that really inspire and help me over and over again!

Works for Me!

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