Welcome to Treasured Conversations!
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be. Relishing in treasured conversations with my children reflects my view on life, family, and education and became the obvious name for my company. My life has been immeasurably blessed by our children and our time spent together homeschooling. My approach to education is one of constant, guided questioning. More time is spent asking questions than in direct instruction. This approach offers many opportunities for pleasurable interaction because I get the opportunity to listen to my children’s answers. Approaching education as a dialogue versus strictly focusing on direct teaching has enabled me to understand how my children process what they are learning. Their answers offer the opportunity for me to ask more questions in order to guide their thoughts toward discovering the connections I am seeking. But, these conversations offer so much more. Over the years, my children have taught me as much as I have taught them. They often have insights and perceptions that are uniquely theirs and yet are equally valid to any ideas purported in school books.
Most of all, our conversations are pure treasure in my treasure chest of mom memories.
Who am I?
I am first and foremost a devout Catholic. While my curriculum is entirely secular, my personal life is decidedly that of a Catholic Christian. For 28 years, my life has been blessed by my marriage to my husband, Doug. Our lives have been enriched by each of our 8 children who range in age from 4 to 25.
I am a summa cum laude graduate with a BA in psychology. Through a cooperating university program with another college, I completed an elementary education focus.
I have been homeschooling our children since 1994. Our four oldest children are homeschool graduates. Our oldest son graduated cum laude in 2011 with a BS in chemical engineering. Our second oldest child is on the autistic spectrum and works full-time for Goodwill. Our oldest daughter recently graduated cum laude from an ACOTE program for occupational therapy assistant. Our most recent high school graduate is attending college on full academic scholarship and is pursuing a BS in physics and mathematics.
Every year I design unique courses for my individual children. I am not an open-and-go curriculum user. I act as a resource seeker and guide for my children.
Because I have never found a single writing curriculum that I have liked, I developed my own methods for teaching writing. As a result, the Treasured Conversations writing curriculum is a composite of the numerous conversations I have had over the years with my elementary age children when teaching writing fundamentals.