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…

Making the Dean's List - A homeschool success

I think most homeschooling moms are a little insecure from time to time about whether their children will have what it takes to succeed in the world after they graduate from their homeschool,

Longtime readers will know that Noah is the first of my students to go to a regular four-year college. His oldest brother went through a hospital EMT and Paramedic program and is now employed as a crew chief for a large city in the South. Two other brothers went directly into the workforce, one working as a cook in a premier natural foods restaurant and the other for an art gallery. I'm proud of my sons and their successes and strong work ethic.

But since Noah was the first one to pursue higher education, I was a little anxious about whether or not he had been prepared enough to handle the rigors of college work.

So far, it appears that he has been.  This week we got a letter letting us know that he had made The Dean's list for his first semester.

Noah fall dean's list

This semester is a little tougher. He is handling algebra, government, latin, logic, and English as well as running on the track team, rehearsing with the college choir and the prestigious chamber choir and working in the kitchen as part of his work-study program.

A scene from our 20 th year of homeschooling.

There are a few things that I think helped prepare him for his first year of college.

  1. As we went further along in his high school years, I encouraged Noah to work more independently. By his Senior Year, Noah was doing his assignments on his own and submitting them in a timely manner. 
  2. We put a lot of emphasis on math and literature. He had a good understanding of algebraic concepts and calculus so he doesn't have to spend a lot of time re-learning them this year. He can do the assignments and study for the test, but he really isn't learning anything new. 
  3. Reading a lot of literature gave him exposure to a lot of different authors and styles. 
  4. Probably the best investment we made in our homeschool was enrolling him in Bravewriter courses for writing, and Dr. Stobaugh's AP World History course in his senior year. Both of these courses gave him confidence in his writing ability. I will definitely use them again in the future. 
It's still his Freshman year and we haven't even hit mid-terms of his second semester, but having such a successful start has given Noah the encouragement to keep his grades up and incentive to keep on the prestigious Dean's List!

Noah Senior Pictures 002

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