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Sparkle Weekly Wondering

This week we revisit and add to the collection of stories that has transformed me as a teacher, storyteller, and citizen of the United States — FIFTY: the Stars, the States, and the Stories. We finished the original collection months ago, but knew that we needed to return to include the districts and territories to better demonstrate the full response to the question ,“What is America?”...

FIFTY Study Page: Washington, D.C. "The Dress"

FIFTY: Washington, D.C. — "The Dress"...

NEW! Complete Study Guide for FIFTY: the Stars, the States, and the Stories

Are your children studying American history this year? Then we have the story experience (and free study guide) for you!...

Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

It’s 7 a.m. and our youngest child isn’t out of bed, let alone prepared for school. This is a regular source of conflict between him and his parents — one that can lead to lectures and “conversations” and negotiations and ultimatums. And then it led to an inspiration. Lisabeth decided to read him a poem....

Sparkle Schoolhouse, Dry Gables: Good Neighbors “This is Our Moment”

Welcome back to Dry Gables, Sparklers! It’s so nice to return to a familiar place with our good friends the Denkens, the Herz Family, and the Bauers as they teach us how to be our best selves — and how to navigate even when we’re not our best selves. In short, our Dry Gables friends show us how to live in community with compassion, gratitude, and love....