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…

Exploring Creation with Physical Science - Chapter 2

Last month I blogged a bit about the Physical Science Class that I'm teaching at our homeschool co-op and one of our experiments. 

We have continued through Chapter 2 of the textbook and are now in chapter 3. 
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One of the hardest parts of teaching chapter 2 of this course was  finding bulb thermometers!  I am not kidding. You cannot go down to your local Walgreens and pick up a regular bulb thermometer and even if you could, they wouldn't be cost effective for a class. Luckily, I had these from years ago when I started homeschooling and they still worked great!

The other thing I noticed is that you have to have a lot of balloons, jars, bottles and bags for this course. I bought a bunch of jars at Michaels and we have been using them regularly. We used them in Chapter 2 and I see they are coming back in Chapter 4. 


So far my biggest out of pocket expenses have been for vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and yeast. Yes - I will be able to use these things again at home but I will wait until the end of the year to see if I have any left!

Teaching tip for Chapter 2 - make sure you get that balloon on that plastic bottle tight!  It's under pressure and when you go to take it off it will go flying off - spreading yeast and hydrogen peroxide all over. I smelled like bread or old champagne for the rest of the day!!

Second teaching tip - Tea candles work great for the experiment in Chapter 2 and they're cheaper for a class!

My other tip would also be - go easy on the yeast and be prepared for the bottle to feel warm when you mix it with hydrogen peroxide. I even felt it was a little uncomfortably warm!

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