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…

The Homeschool Mom's Christmas Wish List

Tis the Season to start looking for the perfect gifts to give friends and loved ones. If you are a homeschooling mom who would like to share a wish list with your spouse or the grandparents and godparents, here's a list to get you started.

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Because when you need them for handwriting, to fill out a form, or even write a check, you never can seem to find them!

Crayons  for pre-K to 3rd grade or so. 

Pencils  and a good 
pencil sharpener

Laminator - this has been on my wishlist forever. I use the one at the library now instead for preserving special pages, worksheets and other special projects.

Sharpies for art and other projects.

ETA hand2mind Multi-Sided, Linking Cubes, Educational Counting Toy (Set of 500) for early math education.

Binding machine - for binding my own e-books and the books my kids write.

Sewing machine - to teach the kids sewing and to repair and make other projects.

Printer - I recommend Brother printers. I have a laser Brother printer and an ink jet. They last a long time and make great copies. 

Telescope - from pre-K to high school, a telescope is a wonderful learning tool in astronomy class. 

Art supplies
paint brushes
When kids think up something artistic to do, they need the supplies to do it!

Globes - for science, history and geography!!   also 
maps and United StatesAtlas, World Atlas

Microscopes - for jr. high on up. 

Kindles - I have tons of ebooks on my kindle as well as audio books for my kids to listen to as part of their literature studies. 

Camera - to record it all!

Some of my favorite affiliates are also having sales this week!

Have you always wanted to try Bravewriter! 
Brave Writer Cyber Monday Sale
Now's your chance!  The Bravewriter Store! is offering 30% off of everything except online classes on Cyber Monday! My favorite:
Mechanics of Writing and Literature including the Wand, Boomerang and Arrow
English Literature from Mead to the Drawing Room
The Writer's Jungle - A must have for the Bravewriter Lifestyle. 
Help For Highschool

Also, Notebook Pages is having a special - buy one-lifetime membership and get the second one free. Get one for yourself and one for a friend. I am a Lifetime Member!
Buy 1 Get 1 Free Membership Sale

This deal includes the popular Mom's ToolBelt :

From MomsToolBelt.com...
*Household Planner Covers, Spines, & Dividers ... multiple design themes
*At-A-Glance Planning Calendars
*Bible Study & Quiet Time Pages
*Calendars ... monthly, yearly, dated, editable (6 style options)
*Contact, Emergency, & Important Information Pages
*Financial Planning Pages
*Home Maintenance Pages ... chores/tasks pages, weekly, monthly, seasonally, yearly planning pages
*Holiday Planning Pages...multiple designs
*Menu Planning Pages...multiple designs
*Medical Record pages
*Homeschool Planner Pages
*Journaling Pages ... multiple styles
*Lists, Lists, and Lists
*Routines & Chore Pages
*To-Do Forms
...and all future updates!

$24 is reasonable for just the planner!  But you also get
*3D Notebooking Pages
*Basic Lined Pages
*A-Z Animals
*A-Z Sports
*A-Z Transportation
*ABC Copywork
*Character Study
*Famous - Presidents
*Famous - Artists
*Famous - Composers
*Famous - African Americans
*Famous - Missionary
*Famous - Church History
*Famous - Poets
*Famous - Scientists
*Famous - World Explorers
*Fine Arts - Picture Study
*Fine Arts - Listening Pages
*Geo - Continental Maps
*Geo - Country Study
*Geo - USA
*Geo - World
*History - Ancient Times
*History - Middle Ages
*History - Renaissance
*History - Modern Times
*History - Timeline Notebooking System
*Lang Arts - ABC Copywork
*Lang Arts - Book Report
*Lang Arts - Copywork Designs
*Lang Arts - Latin & Greek
*Lang Arts - Literature Study
*Science/Nature - A to Z Topics
*Science/Nature - Anatomy
*Science/Nature - Amphibians
*Science/Nature - Astronomy
*Science/Nature - Birds
*Science/Nature - Dinosaurs
*Science/Nature - Fish
*Science/Nature - Mammals
*Science/Nature - Marine Inv
*Science/Nature - Nature Study
*Science/Nature - Plants & Trees
*Science/Nature - Reptiles
*Science/Nature - Trees of NA
*Science/Nature - Wildflowers, Weeds, and Garden Flowers
*Science - Templates, Covers, & Experiment Pages
...and all future updates!

If you are a little nervous about teaching high school or getting your student accepted to college, this is the resource you want to ask for this Christmas. I blog about Lee Binz all the time and how her guidance helped me get my student into the college of his choice with the transcript I made for him. They also helped me get him NCAA approved for track and cross country. 

Techie Homeschool Mom is also having a sale!

Courses include:

Christmas Around the World Unit Study

Learn about 10 countries and their Christmas traditions with this engaging eCourse. 
"Travel” to each country with Google Maps, then read web articles and watch videos to learn more. Create a craft or other hands-on activity then plan and make ethnic Christmas feasts.  

Music of Christmas Mini-Course

Use the five brand new music lessons from this mini-course, plus the five bonus lessons, to learn about Christmas carols, Christmas songs, and other Christmas music that is sure to get you and your students in the holiday spirit!
Each lesson will only take 15 minutes, because who has more time than that during the busy holiday season?

Advent: Nature Study Through the Holidays

This unique Advent eBook is just what you need to prepare your children’s hearts for Christmas!  
Christ-centered lessons with a nature study twist will draw you into the Word and allow you to check off several boxes in your lesson planner during the busy weeks before Christmas

Rethink Education

This would be a great gift for a homeschool mom! Pre-pay her admittance to the Teach Them Diligently Convention!