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…

What a Homeschooling Summer Looks Like

I've written before about why I homeschool in the summertime.  You can see my past articles below:

Successful homeschooling in the summer

Year Round Homeschooling

20 Reasons to Homeschool Through the Summer

But in a nutshell- I homeschool in the summer because I do not want to be stressed out during the school year. I don't want to worry that they aren't going to get done with their math books, or that they are throwing off my timetable, or that we can't spend time doing something we'd rather do because we have to homeschool instead! !

This attitude has served me well through the birth of babies, hospitalizations, and the lengthy illness and death of my  mother.  We did what we had to do when we had to do it and I did't feel as if some artificial deadline was out there looming at the end of March or the beginning of June!


There is something different about homeschooling in the summertime, and I think there should be! First of all, I work the homeschooling around some of the other summer activities - like swimming lessons and sports clubs.  Those things only happen once a year and I want the kids to have a chance to participate in them.


My kids have also had opportunities to study more music and art in the summer too!

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Mr. Sivec, Sam and Gabe
Summer homeschooling also focuses more on being outside and exploring nature and taking care of a garden.  Astronomy is a good one to study in the summer too.


I still push with things like reading and math, but also subtly shift the focus over a little more to art and music.

and movies. Lots of movies.  A lot of homeschools talk about the classic books and classical music, but I believe that there are movies that a student should at least know about to be classically literate.  Today for example, we watched The Grapes of Wrath!  We also hope to catch the new James Franco movie, As I Lay Dying, which should come out after we finish reading the book!

Catch up or move ahead - Summer is a great time for the slower learner to catch up with his/ her lessons and for the faster student to pull ahead and get lessons done so there is time for other things they want to study.

All those little things around the house- re-calking, re-painting, re-tiling - any and all of that is homeschooling, especially for the high school student.

Family reads should dominate!

But the biggest thrill of summer homeschooling is discovery - whether it be history and science,




to zoology!

Izzy and Rosie feed goats at the zoo

or just stopping anywhere that seems unusual and interesting!
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And if we do it right, the kids should be looking forward to what summer school at home with mom and dad is going to look like every year!

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  1. Your summers look fun! I wonder if the kids even realize they are still doing school :)


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