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- Merrill Readers for Remediation and Intervention

Last month I blogged about the change I made in Izzy's reading program.

We have been using Dianne Craft'sDaily Lesson Plans and suggested resources and have seen great progress just since January.

This program recommends the use of the Merrill Readers.These readers from A-H take the student from a pre-K reading level through a solid third grade reading level and are very good for reading intervention and remediation. From their web site:

Vocabulary-controlled stories provide the decoding and high-frequency practice readers need to become fluent.
Sight words are introduced a few at a time, so students are never overwhelmed.
Ample review and reinforcement ensures mastery, even for children with learning disabilities.
Words are carefully introduced according to sound/spelling patterns, giving students solid framework.

All of these have been very helpful to Izzy, especially the slow introduction of sight words and the use of careful spelling patterns.

I was able to purchase a few of these on e-Bay but be very careful as some of them are going at extraordinarily high prices.  The most expensive book in the series is only around $50 and the first three are only around $20, so I would urge caution in purchasing them to make sure you are getting the best prices.

These are:
Merrill Reading Program - I Can Student Reader - Level A © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747066

Merrill Reading Program - Dig In Student Reader - Level B © 1999ISBN: 9780026747073

Merrill Reading Program - Catch On Student Reader - Level C 1999
ISBN: 9780026747080

Merrill Reading Program - Get Set Student Reader - Level D © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747097

Merrill Reading Program - Step Up Student Reader - Level E © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747110

Merrill Reading Program - Lift Off Student Reader - Level F © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747127

Merrill Reading Program - Take Flight Student Reader - Level G © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747134

Merrill Reading Program - Break Through Student Reader - Level H © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747141

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