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…

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I am thinking...
about how awesome the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference was last week. I heard so many wonderful speakers and I learned a lot about how I want to do presentations myself next year. I even made a couple of sales!

I am thankful...

that I had the opportunity to participate. I'm also glad I had the opportunity to hear so many wonderful speakers.

Here's a new one for me - Heather Lane at Townsend House.

I am pondering...
my next move as a blogger. I might be working for an online company soon - oh and I have a book proposal!! All good things.

One of my Favorite Things...

A random parish photo that I got caught in! Kinda neat!   From Father V's blog. 

I am hearing...
Rosie getting ready for running practice that starts in 30 minutes. 

In the kitchen...
Apparently, pot roast because Mr. Pete brought two of them home last night!

I am wearing...
Long shorts, a T-shirt and my knee brace - going to try to get 1 1/2 mile walk in today. My knee did pretty well yesterday and I even managed a hill. 

I am going...
I am reading...

I'm actually listening to it on Audible while I'm walking in the morning.

From the Learning Rooms...

We started this yesterday:

10 Week Shakespear course that I bought during the Build-Your-Bundle Sale!  She will be spending 5 hours a week doing:

  • Read Shakespeare's plays and poems.
  • Read explanations of Shakespeare's plays or easier versions in addition to the real thing.
  • Listen to Shakespeare's plays on audiobook.
  • Watch movies of Shakespeare's plays. 
  • Teach or narrate what is learned to a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Write a 5-paragraph essay, compare/contrast essay, literary analysis, or descriptive essay every week based on the lessons studied.
  • Write a research paper based on a topic studied in the course.
  • Give a speech, using one of the essays or the research paper as a basis. Include a multi-media presentation if desired. Emaze is a nice online presentation software for this activity.
  • Go see a live Shakespeare play.
  • Memorize more scenes and monologues than are included in the course.
  • Perform what you have memorized for an audience.
  • Finish reading and doing all the activities from How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
  • Read, watch, or do other suggestions listed in the Appendix section of this course.
Keep track of how much time is spent on each activity (reading, watching, writing, etc.) with the Log Sheet.

I am not an affiliate for them - I just thought this would be a good idea for Rosie's education and it will be her first high school credit! Plus, I thought it would be a good summertime activity! So this week, she is starting with MidSummer Night's Dream!

I will be listening to lectures from the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference - with a particular interest in the Work From Home Track. 

A Picture to Share...

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John "Not Much View, via Flickr, licensed cc

A quote to share...

Also from John at Flickr!