Monday, April 7, 2014

Springing into Stories


Spring has not fully sprung, but it's well on its way. To help it along, I thought we'd post some of our stories that remind us of new adventures, taking in all the new life around us and enjoying the turn of the seasons. Won't you join us? 

The Walk: (11:46)
A description from a little boy of all the sights he sees on a walk with his family.
Free audio download: The Walk
Blog with activities: The Walk


The Hike: (13:26)
The sequel to "The Walk" describes the boy's adventures he has on a hike with his family.
Free audio download: The Hike
Blog with activities: The Hike

Pedal Power (14:21)
While learning to ride a bike, a boy learns perseverance breeds confidence.
Free audio downloadPedal Power
Blog with activitiesPedal Power 

Bird Seeds (21:10)
When Agnes, an old woman who lives alone in the woods, discovers a mysterious packet of seeds she finds more than just vegetables can grow in her garden. 
Free audio download: Bird Seeds
Blog with activities: Bird Seeds


The Farm Girl and the Feather (22:59)
A fairy tale that proves warriors and their weapons come in different shapes and sizes.
Free audio download: The Farm Girl and the Feather
Blog with activities: The Farm Girl and the Feather


Mojo's Outdoor Adventure (17:01)
Mojo the ferret takes an unexpected trip outside but will he be able to find a way back in?
Free audio download: Mojo's Outdoor Adventure
Blog with activities: Mojo's Outdoor Adventure


The Turns of the Seasons (13:58)
One by one, the seasons take turns impacting people's lives. 
Free audio download: The Turns of the Seasons
Blog with activities: The Turns of the Seasons



Sunday, March 16, 2014

CATCH THE IRISH FEVER

Hi All,

Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day? We are! Our leprechaun trap is set and ready to see if we can capture one of those lucky, green lads tonight. Did you make a leprechaun trap? We'd love to see it. Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page

To pass the time while you're waiting, you can check out our leprechaun trap below AND listen to five of our stories that have a leprechaun as a character. We wish you luck tonight! 

Sláinte




Red vs. Green: (22:21)
When a team of Christmas elves goes against a team of 
St. Patrick's Day leprechauns in the Holiday 
Hockey Winter Classic, who will win?

Free audio download: Red vs. Green

Blog with activities: Red vs. Green

The Leprechaun Trap (6:35)

Two leprechauns are caught in a leprechaun trap and try to find 

different ways to escape.
Free audio download: The Leprechaun Trap
Blog with activities: The Leprechaun Trap

The Spelling Bee (19:01)

A boy prepares for his shot at taking home the spelling bee 

championship. Will he succeed? 
Free audio download: The Spelling Bee
Blog with activities: The Spelling Bee


Clementine's Big Mess (16:05)
Clementine the cupid has lost his magical quiver. 
Can his friends help him find it?
Free audio download: Clementine's Big Mess
Blog with activities: Clementine's Big Mess



A Letter from a Leprechaun (5:30)
A reading of a letter written by Seamus the leprechaun
 detailing how he escaped a leprechaun trap. 
Free audio download: A Letter from a Leprechaun
Blog with activities: A Letter from a Leprechaun

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Terrapene Ornata, Part 2


Click here to listen to: Terrapene Ornata, Part 2 (16:18)
Haver, a bit of a neat freak, heads out to find the first of the 21 caches hidden by expert geocacher, Babatoochee. Unfortunately for Haver, obtaining the cache isn't as easy as he had hoped. 
Hi All,

We'd like to send out a special thanks to our friend, Sophie, from The Oh Beep! Geocaching podcast. The Oh Beep! Geocaching podcast is a family friendly show that covers news, events and discusses topics related to geocaching. You can find them at the links below:



If you remember from the last episode, we had mentioned that Terrapene Ornata, Parts 1 and 2 are the next installments of the Pogona Vitticeps series. They’re stand alone stories and you don’t NEED to have listened to the Pogona Vitticeps stories before listening to these two, but it does add a little something extra magical to the experience if you listen to those first.


Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1 (16:00)
Strange images seemingly appear out of nowhere when Vivien 
spends time with a special animal. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1

Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2 (23:45)
Amidst tragedy, Vivien learns the secret behind her visions 
and discovers she has a difficult decision to make. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2

Terrapene Ornata, Part 1 (19:30)

Haver Hawkings loves geography and maps but hates getting dirty. 
When his teacher introduces him to a global hobby called Geocaching, 
Haver learns there's a world of hidden objects for him to discover.
Free audio download: Terrapene Ornata, Part 1
Blog with activities: Terrapene Ornata, Part 1

VORACIOUS VOCABULARY
What did you say? A word of the day! 
In our story there are many juicy words 
that are fun to use and say.

chlorophyll: the green coloring matter of leaves and plants.

device: a thing made for a practical purpose

gnarly: (of trees) full of or covered with knotty protuberances or knots.


JUST ADD IMAGINATION!
Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.

1. Haver came upon a riddle that Babatoochee left as a hint. Work to solve even more riddles on this interactive riddle website.

2. Interested in Geocaching? Listen to The Oh Beep! Geocaching podcast to learn some tips and tricks of getting started!

3. Plan out a map of "practice" caches that you could place around your yard or home.

4. Haver likes to be clean. Help your parents clean the bathroom or kitchen using disinfectant wipes just like Haver!

5. At the end Haver discovers a QR (Quick Response) code. If you have a device, scan the code below to see what happens! Do your own treasure hunt trying to locate other QR codes placed on products around your house.


COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE
After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Who hid 21 caches that no one has been able to find?
2. When (what season) did Haver look for Babatoochee's 21 caches? 
3. Where was the eleventh cache located? 
4. Why did Haver need to get the silver key out of the blob of sap?
5. What words popped out at Haver that made him click "yes" at the end of the story?


Will D of Texas
Aunt Julie of New York
Drew from Colorado
Stephen from Colorado
Ms. Sally of Virginia

Did you know...our fully illustrated version of Dragonfly, Dragonfly
Show Us The Way is now available in English and Spanish as an in-app purchase from the Flying Books appIt is available for download 
on your iPhone or iPad. 

Illustration by Reg Silva

Monday, March 3, 2014

TEDx : Disability-Led Innovations for the Masses

This Fall, Mr. Chris was invited to speak at a Tedx Talk. He brainstormed ideas, wrote a script and practiced it in our living room over and over again in front of his biggest fans (me and the kids).The day of the talk came and I could not have been more proud. All of his hard work paid off as he took the stage. You can watch for yourself in the following clip. Oh! And don't forget to turn on the captions!

Disability-Led Innovations for the Masses
by Chris Bugaj

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BRING IT WITH ZAMZEE

Our family is currently working together to achieve a common goal. It actually started about a year and a half ago with a fantastic product called Zamzee.  Zamzee is a meter that measures activity and makes moving fun. The Zamzee website provides different challenges where you can "BRING IT." Each challenge is set by time, pointz and zams. Zams are the currency that allow you to earn prizes from their site for being active. It's as easy as that. There are a variety of different challenges that you can choose from to cater to your pace and level of activity for the day.  

In order to earn something we all want from the site, our family motivates each other to keep on moving. How are we doing it during these crazy, snowy, winter months? We've been having dance parties in the kitchen, playing soccer in our basement and jumping along to some workout videos. But, as you know from our stories below, we are counting down the minutes until we can go for our usual walks around the mountain, bike rides through the park and hikes along the Appalachian Trail. 

The Walk: (11:46)

A description from a little boy of all the sights he sees on 
a walk with his family.
Free audio download: The Walk
Blog with activities: The Walk


The Hike: (13:26)
The sequel to "The Walk" describes the boy's adventures 
he has on a hike with his family.

Free audio download: The Hike
Blog with activities: The Hike

Pedal Power (14:21)

While learning to ride a bike, a boy learns perseverance 
breeds confidence.
Free audio downloadPedal Power
Blog with activitiesPedal Power 


And you can be sure when the first warm day hits,  we'll be 
carrying along our Zamzee meters with us.  


BUT WAIT! ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO! 

ZAMZEE IS GIVING ME A METER 
TO GIVE AWAY! 

Simply enter in the Rafflecopter 
below for a chance to win. 



Deadline is February 7th, 2014.

Good luck, guys! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Terrapene Ornata, Part 1

Click here to listen to: Terrapene Ornata, Part 1 (19:30)

Haver Hawkings loves geography and maps, but hates getting dirty. When his teacher introduces him to a global hobby called Geocaching, Haver learns there's a world of hidden objects for him to discover.

Note: This story is the next part in the series started in Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1 and Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2. Although this story stands alone, some listeners might enjoy contemplating how the two stories might connect. 



Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1 (16:00)
Strange images seemingly appear out of nowhere when Vivien 
spends time with a special animal. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 1

Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2 (23:45)
Admist tradgedy, Vivien learns the secret behind her visions 
and discovers she has a difficult decision to make. 
Free audio download: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2
Blog with activities: Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2


We'd like to send out a special thanks to Ryobi for sponsoring this episode. Click on the image below to enter their January Project Challenge. "Anything is possible if you have the right tools!" 


VORACIOUS VOCABULARY
What did you say? A word of the day! 
In our story there are many juicy words 
that are fun to use and say.

amateura person inexperienced or unskilled in a particular activity.  
cache: a hiding place, especially one in the ground, for treasures. 
geocaching: the outdoor game or sport of searching for hidden objects by using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates posted on the Internet.
gossamer: a fine, filmy cobweb.

JUST ADD IMAGINATION!
Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.

1. Haver finds different geocaching names such as, HideyBone, Looking4TubsInAllTheWrongPlaces, SeekNFind79, and GeoGeorge. What would your Geocaching name be? Share with us in the comments.

2. Interested in Geocaching? This article, called "Geocaching with Kids" is a great place to start to learn the basics of the hunt. 

3. Find out if there are Geocaches near your neck of the woods at the Official Geocaching website.

4. Summarize one of the scenes in the story by creating a comic strip at Bitstrips. Send us your finished product to nightlightstories@gmail.com.   

COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE
After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Who was running the Geocaching activity at school?
2. What does Haver do when he finds the first cache at school?
3. Where was the second cache at school hidden? 
4. Why did Haver decide to take pictures of the caches as documentation?
5. How did Haver manage to lose even though he was the first one to finish finding all of the caches?



Robert of Virginia
Lily of West Virginia
Taylor the Teenager of Georgia
Reagan of Kentucky
Heidi of South Dakota
Anna of Pennsylvania
Camden of Maryland
Papa of Massachusetts
Uncle Mark of Massachusetts
Maggie of the Night Light Stories Household
Mr. Chris of the Night Light Stories Household

Did you know...our fully illustrated version of Dragonfly, Dragonfly
Show Us The Way is now available in English and Spanish as an in-app purchase from the Flying Books appIt is available for download 
on your iPhone or iPad. 

Illustration by Reg Silva

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

PEOPLE'S CHOICE



Happy New Year! We look forward to watching the glow grow brighter in 2014 with all the new (and old) stories we can share together. Feel free to share them with your loved ones, friends, second cousins twice removed and anybody else you can think of at the moment. They can find us here on the blog, on our Facebook page, on Twitter, on our Pinterest board, and on iTunes.

Each member of the Night Light Stories household chose a 
favorite story for your listening pleasure. 

Enjoy!  


TUCKER'S CHOICE (age 8): 

Sled Ride: (6:06)
A little boy tells of his exciting sled ride down 
the hill while tryingto avoid a collision.
Free audio download: Sled Ride
Blog with activities: Sled Ride

MAGGIE'S CHOICE (age 6)

Lulu and Her Lavender Lion: (12:31)
A girl's journey through her memories with her imaginary friend.
Free audio download: Lulu and Her Lavender Lion
Blog with activities: Lulu and Her Lavender Lion

MR. CHRIS' CHOICE (age 39)

Agent Tissue Has an Issue: (14:21)
Agent Tissue is hot on the trail of a runaway nose that is hiding on the playground. Can his two new recruits help him catch the slippery culprit?
Free audio download: Agent Tissue Has an Issue
Blog with activities: Agent Tissue Has an Issue

MS. MEL'S CHOICE (age 36)

The Watermelon Seed: (10:18)
A little boy and his grandmother exchange letters describing the different changes he is seeing in his mom after she swallows a watermelon seed.
Free audio download: The Watermelon Seed
Blog with activities: The Watermelon Seed


If you had to choose a story, which one would it be? 
Share with us in the comments below or over at our Facebook page.

BRING ON 2014!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

LIGHTING THE WAY WITH WORDS

Click here to listen to: An Interview with a Zombie
A talk show host interviews a popular guest 
about his latest viral video.


It's that time of year when you often hear…"I'm not feeling very well." Viruses are spreading like wild fire. I know our house has been hit hard this winter break. All of us have had a turn dealing with the stomach bug. Many sleepless nights and sick bellies have left us wandering around the house feeling like zombiesHow do you keep your house healthy? Share with us in the comments below. 

As always, we look forward to watching the glow grow 
brighter with the many words we can share together.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Tree I Spy


Look at the Christmas tree behind us in the picture below. 


























See if you can find the following items hidden in the tree:


1. Hulk action figure
2. Wolverine action figure
3. Superman
4. Minion
5. Four Voodoo Dolls
6. Buffalo Bills brick
7. Ironman
8. A Queen
9. Wonder Woman
10. Furby
11. Cadbury Mini eggs
12. Sock Monkey
13. Storm Trooper
14. T Rex
15. Bearded Dragon

We hope you all have a magical holiday season!

Warm Wishes,

Mr. Chris and Ms. Mel

Sunday, December 15, 2013

SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER...AND STORIES


Hi All,

Grab the hot chocolate, marshmallows, paper, scissors and stapler! Join us in creating some 3D snowflakes to kick off the start of winter! Just follow the link below to the step-by-step video tutorial. Feel free to post your creations on our Facebook Page or send your very own flurry to us at nightlightstories@gmail.com

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How to Make a 3D Snowflake
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And while you're crafting a snowflake, enjoy listening to our collection of holiday stories! Below, you can find all the links to the audio as well as the blog posts with activities. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!


 Chilly's Christmas: (20:08)
An ornament is accidentally placed on the back of the Christmas
 tree and must learn to experience his favorite season using his 
other senses with a little help from his friends!
Free audio download: Chilly's Christmas 
Blog with activities: Chilly's Christmas


       Inky's Christmas: (21:24)
Inky, a nervous octopus, has to figure out a way to control his inking 
so he can attend all of his friends' holiday festivities.
Free audio download: Inky's Christmas
Blog with activities: Inky's Christmas


Red vs. Green: (22:21)
When a team of Christmas elves goes against a team of
St. Patrick's Day in the Holiday Hockey Winter Classic, who will win?
Free audio download: Red vs. Green
Blog with activities: Red vs. Green


Candy Cane Catastrophe (14:56)
Tragedy befalls a boy and his candy cane on a long car 
drive to Grandma's for the holidays.
Free audio download: Candy Cane Catastrophe
Blog with activities: Candy Cane Catastrophe


Sled Ride: (6:06)
A little boy tells of his exciting sled ride down the hill while 
trying to avoid a collision.
Free audio download: Sled Ride
Blog with activities: Sled Ride


Click here to listen to: Ohwhatfunitis (13:33)
Carol is way behind with her Christmas preparations when 
she starts to experience some strange symptoms. 
Can her family step up to help her out?