Saturday, March 24, 2012

**giveaway from This Whole Family Sponsor Sparkle Stories**




Sparkle Stories is an online resource for high-quality audio stories for children and families. Each week Sparkle Stories delivers delightful, original audio stories to subscribers around the world. They offer five original Story Series, plus a sixth Series with classic stories, songs and games, all designed to entertain and inspire the whole family.

I asked David and Lisabeth the talented husband and wife team, creators and founders of Sparkle Stories to share with us some of the innumerable benefits of story-telling for children. Here is what David, a Waldorf class teacher, parent, performer and film-maker had to share:

"Storytelling builds brains.  Einstein once said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Children think imaginatively, that is, they think in images or mental pictures.  When children create their own mental pictures they build unique neural pathways that foster flexible and creative thinking. Storytelling, in this way, is incredibly stimulating for brain function.  When the pictures are given to them, children become passive receptors rather than active participants in the narrative.  A story well told can not only grow their imagination, but introduce concepts and life lessons in a way that feels like nourishment rather than lessons. 

So stories not only exercise the mind, but are also effective opportunities for teaching.  Children are incredibly receptive when listening to a story.  Math, science, history and social skills can all be taught with stories.  And the children remember them.  

The work, therefore, is finding the courage to tell your children stories.  Courage is a big part of Intuitive storytelling.  Courage and trust.   You must be brave to make up a story and tell it.  It seems like a real risk, but the truth is – like most fears – it is simply the unknown that is scary.  Intuitive storytelling is jumping into the unknown and trusting that the story itself knows what it is doing and that your job is to simply open your mouth and let the story be told.  It is much easier if you let go of identifying with the story and see yourself as merely a mouthpiece for eternal and deep wisdom."



Each of the Sparkle Story Series has exactly a year’s worth of stories that follow the seasons and the months of the year. You don’t need to hear the previous ones to enjoy the current story. Jump in any time! You can read about all of the Story Series here. Currently we subscribe to everything so that I have them all to use as the children get bigger, but North is absolutely besotted with the two Martin and Sylvia series. On our road trip this weekend he listened to three Martin and Sylvia series in the car that I selected from our downloads that fit perfectly with what we were doing: Apple Pie, St. Patricks Day and Autumn Leaves! And did I mention that I think I love the stories almost as much as he does?!


Today Sparkle Stories is offering 3 month subscription to any three Sparkle Series (choose from all six story series).   

And generously, they have also offered to all This Whole Family Readers a Sparkle Stories discount -- $1 for the first month of subscription.  Choose from one of three Sparkle Stories story packages, and try four weeks of Sparkle for one dollar!! Go to TRY SPARKLE and use the magic code "SPARKLEFAMILY" to receive your discount! 
To enter: Leave a comment below. For an additional entry like Sparkle Stories on facebook. For a third entry visit Sparkle Stories and tell us which story series you think your family would enjoy most. Make sure to leave an additional comment for each entry. Open to International Entrants!
Winners will be drawn and posted on this original post Friday evening, March 30th. (EAST)


Entries now closed.


And the winner is Number 24: Cass! Congratulations! Please email me at meagan@thiswholefamily.com so I can get you in touch with Lisabeth at Sparkle Stories!
Thanks so much to Lisabeth and David for their generous offer! Make sure to use your This Whole Family discount code to redeem your first month of subscription for $1. 

36 comments:

Karen said...

I have been thinking about joining up for Sparkle stories for sometime now so would love to win this giveaway to have a test run. Many thanks
karen dot mcneil at optusnet dot com au

Trish said...

Perfect timing! We've been thinking of signing up to sparkle stories for a while!

Trish said...

Also just 'liked' them on facebook!

angelina said...

this would be great with our homeschooling!

Coreki said...

I really am enjoying your blog and I know my 6 yo son would love these stories, thanks for the opportunity :)

karen said...

we love sparkle stories!

karen said...

in my home day care martin and sylvia are the favourite caracters (we listened to the free trials and loved them all though)

Jovana said...

HA! I was just on their website a week ago thinking about subscribing- so this is awesome:)

Liz said...

We've been considering subscribing too, have FB liked them as well..fingers crossed :)

Kory said...

I keep looking at these... my daughter loves the sample stories!

Kory said...

'like' on fb :)

Kory said...

I'm torn between 'so many fairies' and 'by thistle by thimble'. If I let DD decide between the two it'd propbably be the fairies :)

jenny miller said...

LOve Sparkle Stories! We've been talking about getting a subscription, so this would be lovely. Thanks for the great giveaway. We're already fans on Facebook.

jenny miller said...

We love "By Thistle, By Thimble"

Les @ LPN Programs said...

First time I've heard of Sparkle Stories but we'd sure love to win! My eldest loves to read and this one looks like it will capture his imagination.

Les @ LPN Programs said...

Since it's our first time, I'm going by what sounds interesting and following the age group of my eldest: so many fairies, junkyard tales and martin and sylvia!

good luck to us!

rianz said...

We would love to win! My kids love the sample stories...

Thank you.

rianz said...

We would love to win! My kids love the sample stories...

Thank you.

rianz said...

My kids love the Martin & Sylvia stories the best. x

Stacey said...

We've been considering this for a while now after reading such great things and loving the smaple stories, we thought we'd get At home with Martin and Sylvia as bub is only about to turn two.

Stacey said...

Have liked them on facebook : )

Stacey said...

We'd love to get Martin and Slyvia at home or How Many Faires : ) Thanks again

Cass said...

I have also been thinking about subscribing, my 2 yo is just starting to listen to them a bit.

Cass said...

"Saturday Sparkle" or "Junkyard Tales" or "Martin & Sylvia" :)

Cass said...

I am already a facebook fan.. does that count?

Laura said...

Oh, my kids would love this!!! Laura . McDonald at ymail . Com

Joanne said...

I find audio-stories a great way to engage the big kids while I put the baby to bed. And with Sparkle Stories they'll never get bored listening over and over to the same old stories. jojo4876@tpg.com.au

Joanne said...

I find audio-stories a great way to engage the big kids while I put the baby to bed. And with Sparkle Stories they'll never get bored listening over and over to the same old stories. jojo4876@tpg.com.au

Joanne said...

My kids would love "Junkyard Tales" jojo4876@tpg.com

Joanne said...

Sparkle Stories are liked on Facebook
jojo4876@tpg.com.au

Rhiannon said...

Sounds like a great giveaway meagan! Rhi x

Rhiannon said...

Oh, and Liked on FB :)

Becky said...

Was looking for something else to entertain the kids as winter approaches us without it being TV/DVDs. This would be perfect (plus, would give me some free time to tackle the endless housework!)

Becky said...

Just liked on FB as well. Thanks for the opportunity.

femke said...

Beautiful stories- my girls love them. thanks for the chance.

femke said...

they love martin & sylvia best..

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