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…

Upper Grade Bundle - My picks for the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale

I will have an 8th grader next year. Longtime readers can probably remember her birth documented on this very blog!  But as she gets ready for her last year of jr. high,  I am well aware that she is ready for some high school level work. Her favorites are art and history, but also English literature. 

With that in mind, these are what I see the Upper-Grade Bundles that have caught my interest!  

Remember - you have options for building your own bundle too. I like that option so well - I did it twice!  

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From Bundle #1:

College Prep Writing Curriculum. She may not be ready for that this year, but as her writing continues to mature I definitely think this would be helpful in the years to come.

Research indicates strong reading and writing skills are essential for college success. If you ever worry about whether your child is prepared for the rigors of college writing, look no further. Written by a college professor, homeschooling mom and international selling author, this step-by-step curriculum ensures your child is prepared for the rigors of college writing.

An Introduction to Art History-Renaissance 
because Rosie will just LOVE this!

Study some of the greatest masters, the various styles and periods, such as the Early Renaissance, Renaissance, and High Renaissance, along with many of the great Protestant artists in northern Europe during the Reformation.

This one-year program focuses on both a Christian Worldview and Classical approach to Art History. Each text includes a set of full color "masterpiece cards" along with a set of "art lesson cards" (to be worked on directly with each lesson).

Paul's Journeys  - Could count this as religion, history and geography.
Here's a wonderful resource to help you teach your students about the life of Paul the Apostle. From Tarsus to Jerusalem to Ephesus to Rome, this beautifully-designed Activity Book covers the life of Paul.
This activity book includes 71 pages of fun and engaging Bible quizzes, maps, and creative writing & coloring activities. It also includes detailed scripture references for further Bible reading and an answer key for teachers.

A Wrinkle In Time Book Club - Rosie's been wanting to do a book club. Maybe this will be a good start for her. 
In the course, A Wrinkle in Time Book Club, the student will read through the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

Learn about:
  • How to pronounce Shakespeare, iambic pentameter
  • Biography of William Shakespeare
  • The Globe Theater
  • Elizabethan theater
  • Plus...memorization and performance tips
Students will also memorize speeches, read through and watch monologues, watch A Midsummer Night's Dream, and perform an act from William Shakespeare's Star Wars.

From interacting with siblings to resisting peer pressure, kids today are faced with all kinds of choices and the question seems fair. It is hard to do the right thing. As parents it's our job to equip our kids with a foundation of biblical reasons to make the right choice and the motivation to stand strong against temptation.

Pulling from 30 years of homeschool curriculum consulting and tutoring, Cathy Canen has put together a resource that will propel your child to success in high school! Vocabulary will be a breeze once they've mastered these 50 basic word roots; and with Cathy's program, they can't help but have fun as they learn them.
By using this little program of word roots your child will become an expert about the original roots of 50 words. If they can play "Go Fish" and other easy card games, then they'll be able to complete these activities with no problem.
By playing the games, your child will become very good at understanding word roots and how to use them. And of course, once they understand better how to use their words, they're ready to be a word hero in any course of study.