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Posted: June 16 2009 at 7:58pm | IP Logged Quote Sarah M

I've stockpiled a nice stack of Treasure Box books, and I'm excited to use them next year. They are going to be the backbone of our religious studies (along with FHC for my oldest). I'm brainstorming ways to use them next year, and I'm leaning toward doing a "Tea and Treasure Box on Tuesdays" each week, where we spend the day reading the stories, making the craft, playing the games, and having our weekly teatime.

I know that many of you use this series, and I'm curious to hear how you all do it. Anyone care to share how this plays out in your home?
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Posted: June 16 2009 at 9:45pm | IP Logged Quote sunny

We read them approx. a year and half ago. My dc begged to read more and more so that we went through ALL of them rather quickly. Then they asked to read them over and over and still randomly pull one out (my dd always wants to read a "pink" one!) I continued to do as they asked for awhile but then put them away for some time intending to read them over again from the beginning this year.
I look forward to reading other repsones you get.
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Posted: June 16 2009 at 10:14pm | IP Logged Quote mom2mpr

We read them cover to cover...in one sitting.
My dc loved them too.
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Posted: June 16 2009 at 10:44pm | IP Logged Quote Sarah M

sunny wrote:
My dc begged to read more and more so that we went through ALL of them rather quickly.


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We read them cover to cover...in one sitting.


See, I'm pretty sure this will happen in my home, too. At first, I was thinking we'd do one book a month and really extend out each story/activity, in a Five in a Row kind of way. But after reading through a few, I realized there is no way one book will last a whole month! My kids are totally going to eat these up. Especially the first six, since my girls are enthralled with St Therese. I went out and bought some more today, so now I have the first 10. How long do you think that'll last me? A few months?
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Posted: June 16 2009 at 10:54pm | IP Logged Quote guitarnan

I discovered them as a child (through a generous neighbor of my dear grandmother!). I read everything, parent notes and all, over and over again. The things I could not understand, I tucked away and contemplated once I became a parent myself. The crafts, finger games and wonderful stories - those I took to heart. In fact, I am sure the reason I chose the Little Flower as my Confirmation saint was that I had read about her life so long ago in Treasure Box.

My suggestion is to let your children take the lead. My daughter loved the Wupsy stories (more than I did, for sure!) and the What Would You Do If... pages, and, interestingly, the poems on the back covers! We've read them over and over...

It's all good. It will stick - once a month, once a day, once an hour, once in a while. Treasure Box is aptly named. There's so much inside that is wonderful and valuable.

(Sarah, give up. You'll read all of them the first week and then repeat and repeat and repeat...It will be lovely. One of your girls will choose Therese as a Confirmation name. You will look back on those hours of reading and smile through tears.)

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Posted: June 16 2009 at 11:11pm | IP Logged Quote Sarah M

guitarnan wrote:
My suggestion is to let your children take the lead.


no problem. I was trying to get all lesson-planny, and that's really not my/our style. Letting the children lead, however, is.

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(Sarah, give up. You'll read all of them the first week and then repeat and repeat and repeat...It will be lovely. One of your girls will choose Therese as a Confirmation name. You will look back on those hours of reading and smile through tears.)


Thanks for the nudge. I know you're right. No need to "plan" these out. Just enjoy them together. In fact, why wait till September, right? Perhaps I'll read one tomorrow and just see what happens....
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Posted: June 16 2009 at 11:15pm | IP Logged Quote Maddie

We just love these books. You could almost read every one aloud to your children on a rainy day! My children still play "Where Does the Tailor Live" when bored at the doctors office or something and my older guys frequently decorate the finger tips of their siblings with little faces! They are just the most precious stories and I am so glad the beautiful images in them are part of my children's childhood.



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Posted: June 16 2009 at 11:15pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

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That is SO NEAT that you read them as a child!!!   

Sarah M wrote:
I was trying to get all lesson-planny

   Yep....I think this is where your un-schooly tendencies will take over!!!

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Posted: June 16 2009 at 11:28pm | IP Logged Quote guitarnan

Suzanne, it was so completely random. My grandma's neighbor gave us a huge box of toys left over from her children/grandchildren, and inside was a set of binders filled with the Treasure Box issues.

Needless to say, that's all that survived. Even then, those binders vanished over time and I've had to repurchase those precious reprints.

The stories leaped into life for my daughter after she discovered our associate pastor had been a missionary monk in Africa - so remote, in fact, that he and his brother monks could only exchange creatively-wrappped bananas as Christmas gifts. I, as a child, tended to ignore Wupsy and Sunny. No longer!

I'll give you one guess - what is my Confirmation name?

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Posted: June 16 2009 at 11:30pm | IP Logged Quote guitarnan

Maddie, I found myself teaching my daughter to make goblets out of silver gum wrapper paper when she was quite young...too funny!

(They hold water, for sure. My Barbie dolls can substantiate my theory.)

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 6:28am | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

My son loves these! Right now we're stuck going out of order and he's hung up on #15! I can't seem to get him to move on.

My other two children really enjoyed moving in order, I'd read it once a day for about a week, and "row it" I guess you call it - find the rabbit trails, make the sacrifice beads, play the "what would you do if you had no toys" games... It took us about a year to finish the whole series doing it that way. I loved it! But, of course, you all know how I love going in order.

So, here comes my willy-nilly, spontaneous little guy - and he apparently loves book #7 and book #15 and book #1. I have read Treasure Box #15 before his nap every day for the past two weeks and I feel like I'm stuck in Groundhog Day.    But, I'm not stressed about it. I may try to nudge/offer going back to #1 in a couple of weeks, then #2 and so on...spending about a week on the fun stuff in there. But, if he resists, I guess we'll build an entire year of religious ed around book #15. So, how's that for "I love to plan" but in the end we just roll with it philosophy?!

You'll just be forever grateful you have these treasures!

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 9:47am | IP Logged Quote Mattie

We just LOVE those here as well!

Last year we read one story at a time, doing one "episode" at a time, it worked beautifully! it was the first thing we would read in the morning which was the perfect way to start the day and the perfect way to start the school day, did not have to call them twice!

The kids just love to "read" them we have used many of the stories with pictures for pre-reading skills and it has been a huge hit!

This year we will dig a little deeper with the games. I am also using some of it as a base for catechism and FHC preparation.

Any way you use will be great!

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 4:01pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

My son loves these. He goes through them all pretty fast, picking what appeals to him at the time. Right now he really enjoys the stories on the back covers, the ones with a bad habit they are portraying?

Think of when the Catholic Treasure Box first came out -- weren't they a monthly publication, like a magazine? When a magazine comes in the mail, how do you read it? At one sitting? Bits and pieces? Thumb through, read what attracts you at the time and then more for later? Read and reread until the next issue comes?

That's the way I decided I'll use these. Just have them available for him to read and us to read together, and if there's a certain story that fits the time of year I'll bring it out.

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 4:02pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

guitarnan wrote:
Maddie, I found myself teaching my daughter to make goblets out of silver gum wrapper paper when she was quite young...too funny!

(They hold water, for sure. My Barbie dolls can substantiate my theory.)


Which issue is that from? Someone taught me that years ago and I always get odd looks when I do it.

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Posted: June 17 2009 at 10:02pm | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

We have loved the Treasure Box books for almost nine years. I think they appeal to kids as young as 2-3 up to adult!

I have to say the Therese stories and the Wupsy stories are our favorites but also the Story of Mary, God's Mother. It is in volume 7 and 8. It is a most delightful story with beautiful illustrations. I was trying to find a good picture book to read to little ones at our homeschool group's May Crowning and this fit the bill perfectly. It is perfect to pull out on any feast day honoring our Lady.

Have fun, Sarah! I am looking forward to reading these again with my four year old!   St. Therese is her patron saint, so she will be so excited with to meet little Therese!

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Posted: June 18 2009 at 7:40am | IP Logged Quote Bookswithtea

OK, for planning geeks only ...you can skim through the subjects of the volumes you have and plan on reading certain stories/poems etc on days where you are covering specific topics for FHC. I got this idea from CHC's 1st grade lesson plans, which have them scheduled randomly to match up with either the liturgical year or F and L 1.

That said, we read one book a week, 1/2 a book on T and the other 1/2 on Th when I did them systematically. I was amazed to see my older children coming up to listen as well. I don't know what it is about these books but they are so incredibly lovely. I'm using them again this year. Not sure how I'm going to use them yet, though.

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We have both sets. My 6yo reads them often to herself and sometimes asks me to read the longer stories to her. Right now she especially likes the poems on the back. My 9yo and 11yo have enjoyed them also--we've had our copies for two or three years now. They are just fun reading, we don't use them as a formal curriculum resource.

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Does anyone have all 60 of them?
I am getting closer, thanks to ebay.


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TxTrish wrote:
Does anyone have all 60 of them?
I am getting closer, thanks to ebay.


No, I'm glad to know what number I'm shooting for. I have 25 now.

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Posted: June 24 2009 at 2:31am | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

Yikes!! Sixty!! Ah, I see from the Catholic Company site that the first twenty are in print but there were sixty originally published...Wow! There are 40 more out there that I can search for! My seven year old is going to flip out... Woo Hoo!   

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