I am so indebted to all of my wonderful readers. You all really touch my heart, I carry so many of you into my prayers and my life. I appreciate all of your patience as I answer every email personally and sometimes run a bit behind. Thank you so much for reading this blog and sharing your lives with me.
For all of you in this wonderful season of quiet anticipation, I have a very special giveaway from Sparkle Stories. Some of my readers are familiar with Sparkle Stories. They are gentle audio adventures written by a wonderful husband and wife team who are a Waldorf teacher and storyteller and a playwright, respectively.
Many families do not provide visual or audio stories to their children, and I applaud that, especially for very small children. However, some families are transitioning from visual screen time to audio stories only, and some families are searching for gentle stories for their children to enjoy at very special times. In this vein, Sparkle Stories could be a welcome fit for this purpose.
Sparkle Stories writes:
We produce original audio stories for children and families around the world. Our stories inspire a sense of wonder in the world, nurture the imagination, and delight children of all ages. We deliver fresh stories each week at www.sparklestories.com.
Sparkle Stories was created as an alternative to traditional media for children. We recognized how challenging it can be for “media-cautious” parents to find high quality audio experiences for their families. So, we wanted to offer online stories that parents could trust to entertain AND nourish their children. We can always be trusted to deliver content that is age-appropriate and simply-produced – as well as entertainment that tickles, delights and inspires the whole family.
You can hear samples of all of the Sparkle story series here on our Stories page: http://www.sparklestories.com/stories/
One of our three original story series, “Martin & Sylvia” , is about a home-schooled brother and sister! To find out even more, you can read what other parents have to say about Sparkle Stories here: http://www.sparklestories.com/testimonials/ You can also follow along with Sparkle Stories on The Sparkle blog where we blog about parenting, storytelling, education and inspiration: http://www.sparklestories.com/blog/ (And Carrie’s note here: there is a lovely little story for Santa Lucia Day up on their blog today!)
Our special giveaway for a lucky reader of The Parenting Passageway includes a three- month subscription to the Sparkle Stories full four-story subscription. That makes twelve weeks of Martin & Sylvia, Junkyard Tales, So Many Fairies, and Saturday Sparkle.
(Also, if readers want to try all of Sparkle’s offerings, here’s a coupon code: $1 for the first month of the Sparkle Stories full four-story subscription! Enter the magic code 7A57 when signing up). Subscriptions can also be lovely gifts as well.
Carrie here: I want to thank Sparkle Stories for this holiday giveaway. If you would like to learn more about Sparkle Stories, I suggest you peek at the article Sparkle Stories wrote here for Rhythm of the Home: http://rhythmofthehome.com/2011/08/how-to-pay-attention-intuitive-storytelling-as-a-parenting-tool/
There is also a free Martin & Sylvia story here: http://rhythmofthehome.com/2011/08/martin-and-sylvia-the-autumn-goose-pond/
So please head over to Sparkle Stories, find which story series speaks to you, and leave me a comment as to your favorite! I will draw a winner on Saturday!
Many blessings to you all,