Episode 47: Enjoying Margaret Wise Brown’s Books Together

May 23 is Margaret Wise Brown’s birthday. In this episode we look at some of the many great books she wrote that have entertained children for three generations. Books Discussed in This Episode: Transcript: Welcome to “Books that Spark,” a podcast for parents and caregivers, celebrating books, that spark imagination, emotion, questions, and discussion, leading […]

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Episode 46-Celebrating Asian-American Writers

In this episode we discuss some great books for children and parents written by Asian-American writers. Books Discussed in This Episode: Transcript: Welcome to “Books that Spark,” a podcast for parents and caregivers, celebrating books, that spark imagination, emotion, questions, and discussion leading to teachable moments with our kids. May is Asian-American month. And I

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What Did Jesus Do: Discipling in the Every Day

23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.  24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” 

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Episode 45-Celebrating Mother’s Day and Teacher’s Day with Great Books

In this episode we look at some great books about awesome teachers and some fun Mother’s Day books.  Books Discussed in This Episode: Transcript: Welcome to “Books that Spark,” a podcast for parents and caregivers, celebrating books, that spark imagination, emotion, questions, and discussion, leading to teachable moments with our kids. This week, we have

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Biblical Poetry: Discipleship from Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd.    I will always have everything I need.2 He gives me green pastures to lie in.    He leads me by calm pools of water.3 He restores my strength.    He leads me on right paths to show that he is good.4 Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave,    I will not be afraid of any danger, because

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Episode 44: Fun with Nursery Rhymes for Our Older and Younger Kids

In this episode we discuss the history and fun of nursery rhymes including ideas for older students too. Books Discussed in This Episode: Transcript: Welcome to “Books that Spark,” a podcast for parents and caregivers, celebrating books, that spark imagination, emotion, questions, and discussion, leading to teachable moments with our kids. This week we’re going

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Biblical Poetry: Discipleship in Psalm 8

1Lord our Lord, your name is the most wonderful in all the earth!    It brings you praise everywhere in heaven. 2 From the mouths of children and babies come songs of praise to you.    They sing of your power to silence your enemies who were seeking revenge. 3 I look at the heavens you made with your hands.    I see the

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Episode 43: Teaching Our Kids to Enjoy Reading and Writing Poetry

April is poetry month, so in this episode we look at some great poetry for kids and some fun activities for writing poetry. Books Discussed in This Episode: Transcript: Welcome to “Books that Spark,” a podcast for parents and caregivers, celebrating books, that spark imagination, emotion, questions, and discussion, leading to teachable moments with our

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Episode 42: Building in Independent Learning for Busy Parents and Kids

In this episode we explore books and ideas to give busy parents a break, help our kids develop independent learning, and end the school year successfully. Books Discussed in This Episode: Transcript: Welcome to “Books that Spark,” a podcast for parents and caregivers, celebrating books, that spark imagination, emotion, questions, and discussion, leading to teachable

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