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“Conserving Water!” A NEW Audio Book


This week we are really excited to share our
NEWEST Helping & Healing Audio Book
inspired by families managing the drought
in the Western and Southwestern United States.
 

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“Conserving Water”
Audio Book

“Conserving Water” is a collection of
three stories with a single purpose
joyfully encouraging the conservation of water.

These three stories take up conservation playfully,
empathetically and with gratitude.

Continue reading ““Conserving Water!” A NEW Audio Book” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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We adore you! My daughter (4) is constantly telling me things she learned in her Sparkle Stories. She listens to the stories over and over again. She is so fully engrossed while she is listening it is amazing. What wonderful concentration and imagination skills she is learning from listening to your stories! As well as wonderful, subtle and peaceful life lessons about how to be a good person, how to work through (normal and challenging) personal struggles and big emotions. We can’t get enough.

~ “The Magic Beyond” (a Kickstarter supporter)


How Storytelling Can Help Save Water

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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 – not to mention Mexico, Greece, South Africa, India and China? 

Well, yes. And here is how:

I don’t think anyone would argue that the problem of drought – or an extended shortage of water – is directly connected to human behavior. I say ‘problem’ because true drought is a natural event. There are some years when it rains a lot in Texas (like this year) and there are other years when it doesn’t rain very much at all (like many of the last ten years). During those years of scarcity, the natural world adapts – it drinks less, uses less or in the case of animals and plants, they move to a different area.

The ‘problem’ comes with people. We like to stay put and we don’t like much change. And that last word – change – is where storytelling comes in. Continue reading “How Storytelling Can Help Save Water” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Thank you so much, David and Lisabeth. Your stories are such a gift to our three daughters (7, 4.5 and 3).

They are motivation to get ready in the morning, something to look forward to at rest time and a reason to get excited for a long car trip. They have helped to promote concentration, patience and engagement with the world in the girls. They have helped my husband and I explain challenging and deep concepts of life and of our faith to the girls in ways that even enlighten US and give us new ways of expressing feelings and truths. Continue reading “friday’s kind words” »


sparkle crafts – dress-up peg dolls

www.sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | dress-up peg dolls

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Peg Doll Party”, Martin and Sylvia help Mama clean out the attic during their annual spring-cleaning. The mundane task of tidying up is turned into an adventure of wonder, nostalgia, and imagination when Martin and Sylvia find a box of old wooden peg dolls that Mama made and played with as a child. Inspired by the toys, Martin and Sylvia set out to make some peg dolls of their own, dreaming about recreating their family and friends in peg-doll form! Continue reading “sparkle crafts – dress-up peg dolls” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Here’s Anjali (6.5yo) and her most recent Sparkle illustration ~ of the fire sprite from the episode of So Many Fairies we just listened to.

With so much gratitude for what you do,

~Anjali, Tiffanie and Troy, Lexington, Kentucky, USA


sparkle crafts – woven berry basket

www.sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays!  | simple woven berry baskets

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Calling It Done”, Martin is determined to create a basket for Mr. Brown to gather eggs. He manages to create something durable and well-suited to the purpose, but struggles to know when to call it done. I’m sure we can all relate; we’ve all found ourselves at one time or another in the middle of a project struggling to call it finished, knowing that there are still ways that it can be changed or improved. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – woven berry basket” »


friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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Congratulations! When I initially subscribed to Martin & Sylvia years ago for the kids I teach, I never expected that Sparkle Stories would become the soundtrack of our family life. But here we are, listening every night, every car ride, and many times throughout the day. And this year, Lucy (5) was Spiro for Halloween! I don’t have a smart phone or any “app” device, but I’m still happy to support your growth. (Plus, we can’t miss any Martin and Sylvia stories!)

~Lisa, Kickstarter supporter


sparkle crafts – painted stone dominoes

sparklestories.com | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | painted stone dominoes

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “When You Need Your Numbers”, Martin is reluctant to practice his math, protesting to Momma that he never even uses math in real life. So Momma offers him a challenge – to count the number of times in the day he has to use his math skills. Martin reluctantly agrees, not thinking much of the challenge. Pretty soon, though, Martin begins to see that there is math all around him – from telling the time on the clock to building his model houses, math is a big part of his life and he didn’t even realize it! In the end, Martin is grateful for all the math he uses and how it helps him throughout the day. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – painted stone dominoes” »


Thank You Sparkle Families!

 

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The Sparkle Kickstarter Campaign has been a roaring success,
and it’s all thanks to you.

Your pledges, your comments,
your posts on Facebook,
your kind words to friends and family!

We are tremendously grateful!

(And we can’t wait to get to work to bring this App project into being!)  

Stay tuned for ongoing Project Updates!



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