In this category, we will post all episode show notes.
SparkleCast Episode 16 – Inclusion, Teasing, and Bullying with Kim John Payne
In this episode, Kim, David, and Rebecca use the Junkyard Tales story “Buster” to talk about what is traditionally called "teasing" and "bullying" and is a broader way of discussing "inclusion" and "exclusion."
SparkleCast Episode 15 – An Introduction to Homeschooling with Jamie Martin
In this episode, Jamie, David, and Rebecca use the Martin & Sylvia story “A Map of the Year” to talk about planning, choosing curriculum and finding balance when homeschooling your children.
SparkleCast Episode 14 – Sibling Rivalry with Dr. Carrie Contey
SparkleCast Episode 13 – For the Love of Science with Podcasts "Tumble," "Brains On!" and "The Show about Science"
In this episode, Lindsay, Sanden, Eric, David, and Rebecca discuss the story “Measuring the World,” recall what got us all excited about science when we were children, and then explore ways to introduce and strengthen a love of science in kids today.
Of Forests and Fairy Tales – a Child’s True Home
Children are at home in woods, on a farm and in their backyards. We know this is true. We can see it in the the way they wander around trees, the way they bend over to study a stone, the way they smile at a flower or widen their eyes at a mushroom.
SparkleCast Episode 12 – The Gifts of Outdoor Education with Meghan Fitzgerald
In this episode, Meghan, David, and Rebecca discuss the story “Winter Wonder,” in which Helmut, one of the Goose-eye Wilderness School apprentices, talks about how “wondering” can be an effective teacher in the natural world
SparkleCast Episode 11 – Welcoming New Baby with Bryn Huntpalmer
In this episode, Bryn, David, and Rebecca talk about the new story “New Brother/New Sister” – a story about a boy named Nathan who gets some important advice from a Tulip Tree elf about how to welcome his new sibling.
SparkleCast Episode 10 – Inspiring a Love of History with Steve Sheinkin
In this episode, Steve, David, and Rebecca talk about “The View from Above," (the first story in our new story series called FIFTY: The Stars, the States and the Stories), explore the difference between history and historical fiction, and ask the question, "What is true?"
SparkleCast Episode 9 – Developing Inner Guidance with Leo Sofer
In this episode, Leo, David, and Rebecca discuss the story “Listening to the Story Whispers” and delve into the intrinsic and practical value of learning both how to hear stories, and how to tell our own.
SparkleCast Episode 8 – The Twelve Days of Christmas with Meredith Markow
In this episode, Meredith, Rebecca, and David discuss the collection Twelve Tales of a Tullyport Christmas – the stories-within-the-stories of our other holiday collection, Martin & Sylvia’s Twelve Days of Christmas. Meredith and David talk about the history of the festival and then how it has shown up in their lives.
SparkleCast Episode 7 – Inspiring Service with Laura Chauvin of Her Best Foot Forward
In this episode, Laura, David, and Rebecca use the By Thistle By Thimble story “Purple” as the focus of a conversation about inspiring service in children and families. Laura tells the story of how Her Best Foot Forward was started and then talks about how service is central to her family’s life.
SparkleCast Episode 6 – Inspiring a Love of Music with Andrew & Polly
In this episode, Andrew, Polly, David, and Rebecca talk about music and ways to introduce or boost music appreciation in your home. They use the Junkyard Tales story “The Band” as a model of how music can create community and be a mechanism for social inclusion. They also show how music can come naturally to children.
SparkleCast Episode 5 – Developing a Festival Life with Susan Weber
In this episode of SparkleCast, Susan, David, and Rebecca talk about how to develop the festival life of your household or classroom by incorporating rhythm and attention to the natural world.
SparkleCast Episode 4 – Understanding Your Child with Meredith Markow
In this episode of SparkleCast, Meredith, David, and Rebecca talk about Sparkle Schoolhouse and how the Dry Gables story series can be used to better understand your child: their fears, their desires, their relationships, and how they prefer to be motivated.
SparkleCast Episode 2 – Calming Down with Jonathan Hewitt
In this episode of SparkleCast, we discuss how children can ground themselves in their bodies when they are feeling "out of sorts" – and offer practical ways in which children can find calm during a Halloween season of darkness and fear.
SparkleCast Episode 3 – Managing Anxiety with Renee Jain
In this episode of SparkleCast, Renee, David, and Rebecca discuss how storytelling can not only change perspectives but also help children face fears, dismantle panic and undo patterns of anxiety.
SparkleCast Episode 1 – Being Present with Big Emotions with Dr. Carrie Contey
In this episode of SparkleCast, Carrie, David, and Rebecca discuss how children can healthily experience their rich emotional lives and how parents can be present and guide their children without being “plugged in” to their experience.