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Suggestions from the Sparkle Team: How to Take a Screen Break

If you're a screen-happy family, enrolling everyone in a screen-free time can present a challenge. We've integrated our devices — phones, tablets, and the like — so thoroughly into our lives that it can feel quite difficult to untangle ourselves. And besides, many of the apps and social media platforms are designed to be addictive....

sparkle crafts: Art Supplies and Creative Play Materials

Children have an innate curiosity to explore their world through tactile experience and creative imaginitive play. Sometimes as adults, we forget that we too have this ability. Here's a great list of materials to help your family get creative!...

Make History Come Alive! The FIFTY collection.

We’ve always had a special place in our heart for homeschoolers here at Sparkle. David & Lisabeth homeschooled on and off with their own children, and three of the eight Sparkle team members are homeschool families....

How to Tell a Story that is more interesting than TV or Video Games

This is a repost from several years ago that we thought would be helpful during this busy time of year. ...

Unhook Your Holidays

This blog post comes from Carrie Contey, internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Carrie has made such a difference in our lives as parents and as people on this busy planet, that I wanted to share her words of wisdom for the holidays. I highly encourage you to sign up for her daily parenting emails on her website . I get them every day, and they never cease to help. Lisabeth...