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 - Interesting remedial readers for older students

I have had two kids that have been behind grade level in their reading because of small learning disabilities. One of the most frustrating things about having an older child who is struggling with reading is finding them good reading material that isn't too babyish. For example, my 12-year-old daughter who is a struggling reader chose a book at the library to read called Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee (Pinky and Rex Ready-To-Read).

 It was a cute little book and she enjoyed it, but it was about second graders and one of them pees his pants after winning a spelling bee. Not exactly the kind of thing my pre-teen was interested in, although her 6-year-old sister enjoyed it. Then I remembered that I had purchased a set of readers for my oldest son from High Noon Books. From their website: 

High Noon Books offers high interest / low reading level books for students, struggling readers, and those learning English as a second language. High Interest / Low Level books are designed to contain content that appeals to a struggling readers' age and maturity level, but are written at a reading level that is lower than the student's grade level.

 A lower readability level provides an opportunity for the student to read words he or she is familiar with, while introducing a few new words and terms. In this way the student should read more fluently and therefore comprehend the story easier.

 A good reading experience will hopefully encourage the student to read more books and develop a joy of reading! –controlled vocabulary –simplified sentences –connected text (not picture books) –engaging stories High Noon Books can serve as a bridge between beginning readers (picture books and stories with only a few words per page) and standard text (as in a magazine, or schoolbook, or trade book). 
 Special Features of High Noon Books 
• Short and fast moving chapters
 • 5X7" paperback format 
• 32, 48 and 64 pages in length
 • Colorful covers and engaging illustrations 
• Type size and line spacing adjusted to reading level

I had purchased the Problem Solvers Biographies and we started reading about Louise Braille.  So I feel as if she is getting a dose of history and social studies as well as working on her reading.  Two of my older sons (including a struggling reader ) had also enjoyed these books.

I would definitely recommend these inexpensive readers to any parents who want good books to hold the interest of their older remedial reading students.

(Note to Linds - my first struggling reader who used these books is now a practicing EMT - working and going to paramedics school.  So there's that...)

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