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…

Budget Back to Homeschool List

With Amazon Prime Day and The Build Your Bundle Sale both going on these next couple of days, here is a list of back-to-school items and curricula (including links to other vendors) to make your shopping easier.  Take a look! But remember time is short and both sales end this week. 

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BYB Curriculum List 

Pre-school to Kindergarten

Pencil Box
Washable Markers
Pencil Sharpener
Glue Sticks
Construction paper
Notebooking Paper
Animal Notebooking
The Wand - Language Arts 
Jot It Down - Bravewriter

Hands On Alphabet for Preschoolers 
What if in 6 months from now, your kid actually knew the alphabet and could write each letter and it only took you minutes to teach daily with zero stress, how would your life be different?
Using fun and creative methods of learning, this workbook will:
  • Teach your child to recognize both upper and lower case letters
  • Teach your child to write both upper and lower case letters
  • Expose them to beginning sounds
  • Develop fine motor skills

Confident Homeschool Preschool Bundle 

The HOMESCHOOL PRESCHOOL CHEAT SHEET is a quick read collection of all the tips and tricks I wished I knew when I started homeschooling my preschooler.
The PRESCHOOL SKILLS CHECKLIST lists all the skills that your child needs to know for kindergarten that is sorted by subjects. It also includes a one-page sheet with all the skills so you can check off the skills your child has mastered.
THE PRESCHOOL SUPPLIES CHECKLIST lists all the common items to have for your child and is sorted by subjects!

The No Prep Sight Words Pre-Primer edition includes all the words from the Pre-Primer list. The No Prep Sight Words Pre-Primer Edition is designed to be:
  • Print and go
  • Allows your kids to be independent in their activities
  • Hands-on and fun (using dice, spinners and dot markers)
Each sight word has 4 dedicated pages that include the following activities:

These 105 preschool skills worksheets are arranged into 7 themes: fruit, animals, shapes, construction, birthday party, weather, and sports. You can use just the worksheets needed to study a specific theme, or work through all the themes to cover the full range of skills included.
These worksheets explore rhyming words, number recognition, number words, shapes, seasons, color words, animal recognition, and fine motor skills.
Activities include a range of color by activities, such as color by rhyme, color by shape, color by number, color by animal, and color by number word or color word, as well as mazes, tracing, patterns, counting, matching, dauber activities, and sequencing.
Elementary School 

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

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.

10 Weeks of Shakespeare   This is the one I have been blogging about all summer!!!
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.

High School