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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…

Some Tips for taking the GED - from someone who just passed it!

Yesterday my son Gabe surprised me with the news that he had taken and passed the GED test on his first try! No small feat for a 19-year-old father of one who works 40+ hours a week and does his fair share of the cooking, cleaning and baby watching!
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So I asked him quickly what things he felt helped and if he had any tips about the exam itself.

1.  Online Writing class. Gabe took an online writing class from CurrClick a few years ago, and he said that helped him a lot during the English portion of the test, particularly the writing.

2.  Reviewing with Instantcert helped him figure out his strengths and weaknesses and really work on the parts that needed extra study. The flashcard/fill in the blank approach really helped him to retain the information he needed for the test.

3.  Math tutoring. There was trigonometry on the math test!  Gabe never studied trig but he still got a B on that portion. His knowledge of algebra and finding variables was invaluable on this exam.

4.  Looking  at political cartoons and analyzing them was included in the social studies portion! We never got the daily paper and didn't spend a lot of time looking at the political cartoons when Gabe was being homeschooled.  That might be something to go over with students before taking the GED.

The GED costs $140 now, so it makes sense to try to be as prepared as possible. It's also a much more challenging examination and supposedly accepted more as high school equivalency.


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