Sunday, June 5, 2016

HERE COMES SUMMER


Summer is coming! Are you traveling by plane, train, automobile, duckboat...or horse?  If you are, we have just the thing to keep you entertained. Below, find links to some of our favorite audio stories. If you like what you hear, be sure to share! And don't forget! You can download all 60+ of our stories at iTunes

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

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

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

Alien Pursuit (11:12)
A family has to figure out how to lose the alien ships hot on their tail on their ride home from the grocery store.
Free audio download: Alien Pursuit
Blog with activities: Alien Pursuit

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

PODCAST UPDATE


The Night Light Stories Household has been busy. This Spring and Summer we packed up and moved to a new house. Before we knew it, the Summer was gone and the school bell was ringing. 

Due to all of this excitement, we're going to be on hiatus. We will be back as soon as possible with new content for your listening pleasure. 

Welcome back to school to all of our listeners! 






Sunday, April 20, 2014

Terrapene Ornata Part 3

Click here to listen to: Terrapene Ornata, Part 3 (35:23)
During the summer before his fifth grade school year, Haver Hawkings sets out to find all 21 geocaches hidden by an expert named Babatoochee. Having found 20 of the 21 caches, Haver searches for the final one hoping it will be the secret that unlocks the entire mystery. 

Hi All,

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Check out the magic she worked on Mr. Chris' old Buffalo Bill's jersey. 

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

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.
Free audio download: Terrapene Ornata, Part 2
Blog with activities: Terrapene Ornata, Part 2 

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.

acquisition: the act of gaining possession 
hoist: to raise or lift.
obstacle: something that obstructs or hinders progress.
silt earthly matter, fine sand.
squelch: to make a splashing sound.


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

1. Locate scientific names for different animals. Make a matching game with a picture of the animal on one card and their scientific name on the other using the collage option at http://picmonkey.com. In your family see who can match them all correctly!




2. Name the world that Haver sees through the back of the metal turtle (Hint: You need to listen to Pogona Vitticeps, Part 2 to know the name). 

3. Step out of your comfort zone and get messy by making this Paper Mache Patchwork Turtle. 



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

1. Who asked the question that gave Haver the idea about how to organize the messages within the caches?
2. When did Haver begin his search for Babatoochee's caches? 
3. Where did Haver have to reach his hand to retrieve the last cache? 
4. Why didn't Haver quit after realizing what he was looking for?
5. What did Haver see when he looked into the open back of the metal turtle?


Bella K of Maine
Morgan of Virginia
Hayden of Virginia
Landon of Virginia
Liv of Ohio
Kai of New Hampshire

* * * * * * * * * *

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, 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!