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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…

Homeschool Planners on Sale this Week

One of the really cool things about this years Build-Your -Bundle Sale are the number of planners that are available! If you are the type of homeschooler that likes to write things out and plan your lessons and document achievement, you're going to enjoy this sale!  Here are 7 planners for you to pick and choose from - or add them to your own designed bundle!

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1.  The Uncomplicated Homeschool Planner found in Homeschool Helps Bundle #1
A simple, full-sized homeschool planner that is black and white, undated and reusable! This planner has been well thought out to include everything you might need and can be customized to suit your family.
It includes:

  • Homeschool quotes collection
  • Password tracker
  • Cleaning routine
  • Family chores
  • Curriculum planner
  • Unit study planner
  • Field trip ideas
  • Grade records
  • BONUS: Weekly meal planning to be photocopied

2.   Also found in Homeschool Helps Bundle #1

The Weekly Homeschool Planner. 

This weekly homeschool planner is an undated, printable PDF you can use from year-to-year to organize organize your school days and record your daily learning.
The over 150 color pages gives plenty of room for both weekly and a month-at-a-glance overview. Lined planning space feature ten subject areas as well as two layouts (Monday-Friday and one blank for your own schedule).
Additional planning pages include:
  • Homeschool vision
  • Yearly requirements
  • Curriculum planning
  • Daily schedules
  • And More!

Each planner includes a link to a bonus download page where you can find additional pages to add to your planner: curriculum wish list, field trip planning, goals for children, names/addresses, notes, unit planning, yearly attendance, and editable monthly and weekly pages.

3.  Student Pink Butterflies Planner!  In the Brother/Sister Bundle. 
Save BIG at the 2018 Build Your Bundle Sale!

·        Daily Schedule
·        Contacts form
·        Reading Log
·        Websites and Password Tracker
·        Assignments Form
·        Project Planner
·        12 monthly overview calendars
·        Note pages
·        Weekly planner pages

The Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner contains 80+ pages and includes every planning resource that you need for successful year-round homeschooling. This is an undated planner, which means once you have a can use it year after year!

·      One time purchase
·      Print only what you need, when you need it
·      Works with any homeschooling schedule
·      Use with any homeschooling method
·      Easy to use for multiple students
·      Grading charts make reporting/tracking easy
·      Learn to shop smart and save money
·      Plan well by planning less

By the Multi Taskin Mom

As you’d expect this planner is full of planning pages.
Monthly Planning: There are 3 different options for the monthly planning pages.Weekly Planning: There are 3 options for the weekly planning. Each has an option for lined or unlined pages. Mix or match to create the perfect planning layout for your homeschooling style.
Quarterly Focus Pages: These are designed to help you keep up with goals and tasks based on the quarters of the school year.
Unity Study Pages: Plan your own unit study or track the progress of one that you have purchased with these pages. It makes it so much easier.
High School Plans: Now keeping up with the high school year has focus. There is a break down page to track the curriculum you use and the credits you gain from them. There is tracking for the entire 4 year plan, and more! Plus it is all in one place. No more piecing them together.

 This one is in the Upper Grades #1 Bundle

The Homeschool Planner
Author/Publisher: Character Badges
Simply Plan. Simply Homeschool - The Homeschool Planner was created with one goal in mind - to help you simplify, plan, and organize the many tasks that go in to homeschooling.
So many homeschool planners are chock full of doodads, huge print, or features we rarely use. The creators of the Homeschool Planner set out to design one that was different; one that places usability above space robbing eye candy.
We meticulously designed each page to provide as much room as possible for you to organize the information that's most important to you and your day. The bright, clean design is free from distracting clutter and feels like breath of fresh air. Every page is designed to get out of your way allowing you to simply schedule, plan and prioritize.
Included in your PDF download are 30 thoughtfully designed pages dedicated to assisting you with everything from weekly subject planning to creating reading lists. There are even 12 beautifully designed inspirational quote pages - one for each month of the year.
– Weekly Planner (2 page spread)
– Monthly Planner (2 page spread)
– Subject Goals
– Semester Goals
– Hourly Schedule
– Reading List
– 'To Purchase' List
– Field Trip Planner
– Memorization Planner
– Attendance Sheet
– Notes
– 12 Inspirational Quote Pages (one per month)
– Cover
– Binder Spine Panel
– Instructions (how to print and assemble your planner)

7.   Do you Love Charlotte Mason?   Here is a planner specifically for teaching the Charlotte Mason Way and appropriately found in the Charlotte Mason Bundle #1

Save BIG at the 2018 Build Your Bundle Sale!

The Charlotte Mason  Planner

·        Annual – 12 month calendar view from July 2018 – June 2019, 
    Child’s Annual Evaluation, Yearly syllabus, Planning pages for Character, Habits, Life Skills, and Handicrafts, and Report Card
·        Term – Elementary Syllabus, Middle School Syllabus, High School Syllabus, Planning pages for Reading List, Audio List, Visual List, Field Trip,
·        Monthly – Monthly calendars, Calendar of Firsts Nature Sheets, and Child’s I am, I can, I ought, I will planning sheets
·        Weekly – Weekly Outlook in 5 different colors – perfect for color coding child’s schedule, Family Routines, My Chores, Elementary Weekly Assignments, Middle School Weekly Assignments, and High School Weekly Assignments
·        Mother Culture – Monthly planning for Mother Culture items