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…

7-Quick Takes - the Almost Back To School Edition.

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The almost back to school edition

1.  Amazon is offering an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. I gotta admit that I was skeptical of Amazon Prime when it first came out and was reluctant to try it. But I have saved so much money in shipping and entertainment costs every year that it really pays for itself.

Here are some ways I save for my homeschool:

  • Books. I always check out Amazon for discounts on books and textbooks. Sometimes if I can find the book second hand but with shipping, I still go with the prime book because the shipping is free and the cost is about the same. 
  • Streaming movies - especially ones about science or history that will make learning more fun and interesting for my students.
  • School supplies - look for sales on Amazon, plan ahead, and save on shipping. 
  • Special foods - I am on a special diet for my ulcerative colitis. When I need special flours or other items, I know I can find them on Amazon and have them shipped quickly to my door. This saves me time in shopping for these items in the store and I save on shipping when I buy Prime items. 

Today I found out that Amazon Prime members will have special discounts at Whole Foods - and since Whole Foods is moving into my neighborhood, I'll be sure to take advantage of that extra savings as well. As an added bonus, this will also help me find items for my special grain-free ulcerative colitis diet.

2. Amazaon's Audible is running a promotion. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks.

I use Audible in my homeschool all the time, but I particularly use it a lot with any of my students who are slower readers. When your child reads below grade level, but you still want to expose them to literature at higher levels, using audio books read by professional narrators is a real gift!

But I also use Audible with my gifted readers. Sometimes, it's just nice to listen to a story together - and that's particularly true on long road trips!   Here is a sample of some of the books I have in my Audible library.

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3.  I already purchase most of the college textbooks my student needs from Amazon. Amazon for students is another way for my college student to be more independent and save money on the items he needs for school.

4.  One of the books that helped me the most on my homeschool journey came from Julie Bogart at Bravewriter.  The Writer's Jungle (available in the Bravewriter Store) opened my eyes to a new and different way of teaching writing. For my natural writers, it allowed more freedom than prepackaged curricula. It gave my struggling writers a place to start. As their mother and teacher - it gave me hope! I highly recommend this book for anyone starting their homeschool journey, or anyone who needs a little help teaching students how to write.

5.  There are also openings in Bravewriter online courses.   My children have taken a variety of these including The Writer's Jungle, Aesop's Fables, Shakespeare, and SAT writing prep.  These are a little pricy, but I feel they really helped Noah with the college level writing that he is doing now.

6.  If this is your first year teaching high school, or if you have  kids in Jr. High and you're planning for high school, any of Lee Binz's work at the HomeScholar would be beneficial to you!

You don't have to do it all on your own and re-invent the wheel. That's what really appealed to me. Lee Binz did a lot of research and study preparing her materials, and she had the experience of working with her own kids. I had her resources at my fingertips and that freed me up to do the things I needed to do - work with my kids in our homeschool!

The Silver Training Club covers topics like:

  • How do you keep records?
  • What subjects do you need to cover each year?
  • Can you award a high school diploma?
  • How can you get your child into college?
  • How can you get financial aid for college?

You can get the help you need to get started homeschooling high school and keep going all the way through graduation with Lee’s Silver Training Club.

Lee also sends out fresh new resources every month as well as ongoing support.

  • The HomeScholar Planning Guide: to ensure you are aiming for college as you homeschool through high school
  • College Planning Calendar: for every year from middle school through senior year
  • GPA Calculator and Conversion Chart: to calculate your student's GPA for any of the transcript templates 
  • Full Package of The HomeScholar Transcript Templates and Samples: just choose the one you like best and get started on a transcript that will make your child look their best to colleges 
  • How to Write a School Profile Letter: including sample school profile letter
  • FAFSA Help Resource Pack: everything you need to navigate the FAFSA and get financial aid
  • Homeschool High School Diploma Templates: to award your child at the end of their homeschool journey

All this comes at an affordable monthly price when you join the Silver Training Club! Give it a try, risk free, with the 30 Day "Real Homeschool Mom" Money-Back Guarantee. Learn more here.

7.  Friday Freebie - 5 Biggest Mistakes Homeschoolers Make
Learn how to avoid the biggest homeschool high school mistakes in this free workshop! This was the very first Webinar about homeschooling high school I ever listened to. It's a great place to start with making the journey into high school homeschooling.