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Three Stories for Holding our Children in the Face of Terror

Last night we were having a family hang-out after dinner.   My son had asked me to email out his birthday list, and just before I opened my gmail, I peeked at the tab open on Huffpost and saw the news about the Paris attacks. I quickly scrolled to find out the basics, and closed the tab with a horrible wrench in my stomach.  I took a deep breath and...

Sparkle Schoolhouse: Dry Gables Series, Introduction – Part 4

This is the fourth tutorial in our new Sparkle Schoolhouse Series!   This tutorial accompanies the “Dry Gables” Audio Book, specifically the fourth story in the Audio Book,  “Big Hearts from Yankton.”  (Find the Audio Book here!) Every tutorial in this Series uses the characters in the stories as tools to help you better understand your children,...

Sparkle Schoolhouse: Dry Gables Series, Introduction – Part 3

This is the third tutorial in our new Sparkle Schoolhouse Series!   This tutorial accompanies the “Dry Gables” Audio Book, specifically the third story in the Audio Book,  “Big Hearts from Yankton.”  (Find the Audio Book here!) Every tutorial in this Series uses the characters in the stories as tools to help you better understand your children, and...

Sparkle Schoolhouse: Dry Gables Series, Introduction – Part 2

This is the second tutorial in our new Sparkle Schoolhouse Series!   This tutorial accompanies the “Dry Gables” Audio Book, specifically the second story in the Audio Book,  “The Builders of Bonne Homme.”  (Find the Audio Book here!) Every tutorial uses the characters in the stories as tools to help you better understand your children, and trust your...

Newest from Sparkle! Dry Gables & Sparkle Schoolhouse

  We are so delighted to introduce to you the newest adventure in the Sparkle World:   Sparkle Schoolhouse andthe Dry Gables Audio Story Series! DRY GABLES    The small town of Dry Gables, South Dakota is unique among the old-west gold rush towns of the Black Hills.Yes, there is the rustic beauty and the regular pioneer adventures –  but what makes...

the wonder of hallowen

**This is a repost of an article written by David for Simplicity Parenting.** The end of October and the beginning of November are unique in the year.   Think of the world festivals during that span of three days: Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Diwalli, Samhain, Day of the Dead.  How do you imagine them?  Many of us see them at night.  We...

nature school project: evergreen tea

This week we launched our newest Martin & Sylvia Audio Book:“Nature School”! It’s the beginning of a whole new Series of Martin & Sylvia stories, that will feature projects from different Nature Schools around the country! The Audio Book has four stories, and so for the next four weeks we will feature, here on the blog, a nature based activity...

How Storytelling Can Help Save Water

                                                           photo credit: KC Pagano Storytelling delights. It entertains and transports and calms and inspires. But can it save water? Can it lower utility bills? Can it fill up aquifers and reservoirs? Can Storytelling help the drought in California, Texas, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin and Utah –...

Acceptance, Parenting and wonderful words from Carrie Contey

I tend to be a bit of a grouchy mom. Fiercely loving, raucously silly, totally overworking, uber-expressive, and a GROUCH. This year I’m homeschooling my 10-year old son 2 days a week.   (The other 3 days he goes to a school program.  That’s his darling self in the photo.) And it’s brought out the grouchiest of grouches in me.  Holy crowly. And I’m...

Why 12 Days of Christmas?

Today is December 12 or 12-12 and at 12PM I started this blog post. It would have been great if the year was still 2012 – but I can say that when it was 12-12-12, we lived on 1212 Prindle Road in Charlotte Vermont. Pretty great. Now, I want to talk about 12 for two reasons. One is that twelve is a huge number for human beings. 12 hours in a day, 12...

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