Nancy Fileccia is a fourteen-year homeschooling veteran and co-owner of A Journey Through Learning lapbooks with her best friend, Paula Winget. They create fun, hands-on learning products for homeschooling families. Nancy loves helping parents with their journey of international adoption. Nancy and her husband, Rusty, make their home in Shreveport, Louisiana, with their three children. Visit her website at www.ajourneythroughlearning.comMission Statement:
I never considered myself a "speaker." But, in 2003 God chose my family to begin an extraordinary life journey. Trusting in our faith, my husband, Rusty and I packed up our three children and traveled to China to adopt Xing Dan Nang (Candace), an eight-year-old little girl who was blind. Little did we know this trip would lead us through the deepest valleys a family could ever experience. The hurdle of teaching a blind child paled insignificantly when our precious daughter was diagnosed with Battens, a fatal disease, in 2006. The next three years became a roller coaster ride of deep despair, desperate hope, and searching for answers. Since this experience, God has placed several areas on my heart to help families on their journey to International adoptions.
1. First, I would love to educate parents on the adoption of OLDER children. Many families are NOT prepared for the obstacles they encounter once they arrive back home with their child. My prayer is to provide parents with information that will help them to understand the life of an older child in an orphanage and to better understand the anger, emotions, and distance that often comes with these children.
2. My second prayer is to support parents in finding the shining light of God’s purpose for their "forever children." I want to encourage more parents to adopt children with special needs who desperately need a family to love.
3. And, finally I would love to speak to families who have lost a child. Life is short; no one is guaranteed eighty years. But during our time on earth we can inspire, love, and show God’s undying love for us, before He calls us home.Past Engagements/Seminars
"Does Joy Come in the Morning" Teach Them Diligently, Dallas, Texas - 6/2014
"How to Keep Your Homeschool AFloat, When Your Life is Sinking" Teach Them Diligently, Washington DC - 5/2014
"Does Joy Come in the Morning?" Teach Them Diligently Washington DC - 5/2014
"Does Joy Come in the Morning?" Arlington Book Fair, Arlington, Texas - 5/2014
"Using Lapbooks in your Homeschool" CHEF Baton Rouge - 4/2014Presentations
"Does Joy Come in the Morning?"
Nancy Fileccia will share her personal story of Love, Pain, Loss, and Joy. The Fileccia's did not consider themselves any more than just an ordinary family. Yet in 2003, God chose them to begin an extraordinary life journey. Trusting in their faith, Rusty and Nancy packed up their three children and traveled to China to adopt Xing Dan Nang (Candace), an eight-year-old little girl who was blind. Little did they know this trip would lead them through the deepest valleys a family could ever experience. Nancy will talk about her failures as a mom. How she entered into a deep depression that very few friends even knew about. And, how the wisdom of her 20 year old daughter taught her to, “count it ALL joy!”
"How to Keep Your School Afloat, While Your Life is Sinking."
One thing that all parents who choose to homeschool will eventually encounter is a difficult time in their lives. Life alone is hard. Babies are born, jobs are transferred, finances fall, and kids get sick. But, if you are also teaching a kindergartner to read, a 4th grader multiplication facts, and a 9th grader how to do a first research paper, it can quickly become more than most people can bear. Many times we want to throw up our hands and scream, “Where does my help come from?” During the school year of 2006, Nancy Fileccia, co-owner of A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks, was thrown a whopping curve ball. Her then 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with a terminal brain disease called BATTANS. On top of juggling doctors appointments, hospital stays, and severe depression, she had to ensure the education of her other children thrived. Several times she considered just giving up and sending them to school. But, she never had peace about it. She knew, that with God’s help, they would find a way. And they did! During Nancy’s talk, she will share with parents how to keep going in rough times. She will give some practical ideas on how to keep your homeschool moving forward, even when everything around you is crashing down.Lapbooking
So what exactly is a lapbook? Glad you asked! Think of lapbooking as educational scrapbooking for any subject you would like. Your child records information, through drawing or writing, into fun little mini-booklets. Those mini-booklets are then glued into specially-folded file folders. We provide all the templates and all the instructions! It's easy! When complete, your child will have something to show Dad, grandparents, and friends. Every time your child shows and explains the contents in his lapbook, he will be continuing to learn the information within it and not even realize it!
Lapbooks are motivating for the reluctant learner. Beats boring worksheets hands down! So, are you intrigued and want to make a lapbook with your own children? Nancy Fileccia, co-owner of A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks will teach you how to transform that plain, boring manila or colored file folder into a beautiful record of your child's learning! Lapbooks teach on so many levels: they are a great tool for evaluation, teach organizational skills, helps children to think for themselves and promotes independent learning. Your child’s finished product is something to treasure for years to come! Once they are completed, the child will come back to them again and again. Hands on learning is simply more fun. Lapbooking provides that.Publications
"More Than A Memory: The Candace Kate Story-A Story of Love, Pain, Loss, and Joy"
The Fileccia's did not consider themselves any more than just an ordinary family. Yet in 2003, God chose them to begin an extraordinary life journey. Trusting in their faith, Rusty and Nancy packed up their three children and traveled to China to adopt Xing Dan Nang (Candace), an eight-year-old blind girl. Little did they know this trip would lead them through the deepest valleys a family could ever experience. The challenge of teaching a sight impaired child paled in comparison to when their precious daughter was diagnosed with a fatal disease in 2006. The next three years became a roller coaster ride of deep despair, desperate hope, and searching for answers. Based on Nancy’s heartfelt journal entries of their journey, the story of Candace Kate unfolds, shining a light on God’s purpose to give this little girl a “forever family” and showing how she lived a full life in only thirteen years. Life is short; no one is guaranteed eighty years. But during our time on earth we can inspire, love, and show God’s undying love for us, before He calls us home. The Fileccia family prays that Candace will always remain More Than a Memory.
Nancy is part of The Old Schoolhouse Speakers Bureau