Weekend giveaway: Sparkle Stories

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Welcome to another weekend giveaway–sponsored by Sparkle Stories!

It’s been a few years since our family first heard of Sparkle, and even though my kids are now 8, 9, and 10, these audio stories still feature prominently in our lives.

Car rides, calming down before bed, and even breakfasts when the mama is too tired to read-aloud–all times in our day when these stories keep us happy and sane at home.

Here’s an overview about this resource that has added so much to our family’s life:

Sparkle Stories produces original audio stories for children.  We’re a small company — we’ve been producing original stories for two years now, and have been growing at a steady pace since then.

We saw a need for children’s media that is simple, delightful and filled with a sense of wonder — stories that would inspire children to play, to marvel, to laugh, to be kind. So we created it.
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Weekend giveaway: Green Kids Crafts


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This weekend I’m happy to introduce you to one of our family’s favorite recent discoveries: Green Kid Crafts. Are your kids as excited about receiving mail as mine are? Each month when they discover a Green Kids package in our mailbox, there is much rejoicing. (One just arrived yesterday, in fact!)

For those of us mamas who don’t consider ourselves super-crafty, Green Kid Crafts is like an art lesson for littles in a box–including all the supplies you need to complete three separate crafts. (No hunting around to locate the pipe cleaners required!)

More from Green Kid Crafts:


* Green Kid Crafts delights kids and their parents with fun, creative and earth-friendly craft activities, delivered right to their door!  Every month’s Discovery Box is packed with three unique and engaging activity kits designed to foster a child’s creativity and confidence while developing their respect and love for the environment.
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Weekend giveaway: Oak Meadow


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I am especially happy to welcome you to this weekend’s giveaway as it is a resource and company that has enriched my family’s personal homeschooling journey–Oak Meadow Curriculum and School.

Their uniquely creative curriculum includes:

· Creative, artistic assignments for all learning styles
· Lessons integrated across subject areas for added relevance
· Flexible weekly lesson plans to accommodate travel, artistic and athletic pursuits
· A choice of assignments to encourage meaningful student involvement
· Adaptable for different grade levels in different subjects
· Print-based and online alternatives

Oak Meadow’s philosophy of education is founded on the following principles of learning:
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Weekend giveaway: Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook


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Freezer cooking and busy homeschooling families go well together, wouldn’t you say? My friend Jessica Fisher thinks so, and her new cookbook–Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook–recently released to rave reviews!

Jessica is a homeschooling mama of six children, a monthly contributor here on Simple Homeschool, and the popular writer of two blogs: Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats.

Here’s what she had to say about her cookbook:
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Weekend giveaway: Sparkle Stories


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Seven-year-old Martin and five-year-old Sylvia are the main characters in one of Sparkle Stories most popular audio storylines. This homeschooled (woot-woot!) brother and sister live, love, eat, learn, argue, and work together–just like most of our little people.

This duo has, along with other Sparkle Stories characters, become featured players in our home.

I download new Sparkle Stories each week onto my phone, and we often listen to one or two after dinner and before bed. They have added a blissful layer of calm to this hour that for some reason tends toward chaos.

Here’s an overview about this resource that has added so much to our family’s life:
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