Sunday, July 17, 2011

Episode 36: The Farm Girl and the Feather

Click here to listen to: The Farm Girl and the Feather

Hi All,

We have been noticing lately how our children have been figuring out ways to solve their own problems instead of immediately coming to one of us. We always remind the kids when they are trying to figure out how something works to stop and think about it. We tell them to take a breath and take their time. We tell them to think about the things they have tried in the past that may work to solve this situation. If those ideas don't work then try something new!

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

ballista: an ancient military engine for throwing stones or other missiles.
chamber: a room, usually private.
dissipate: to become scattered or dispersed.
mock: to mimic or imitate.
triumph: a significant success or noteworthy achievement.

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story.

1. The young farm girl's name is Millicent. It means "amiable", "calm"," strong work" and "wise". What does your name mean? You can look it up at Behind the Name

2. Make up your own story about how the prince's father got the peacock feather. Include in his adventure why the feather is so important to the prince.

3. Draw us a picture of the mean, nasty troll! Send it to us at

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

1. Why was the queen calling for people to choose a weapon? 
2. What is the farm girl's name?
3. Where do they find the troll?
4. With whom does the farm girl travel?
5. How does the girl defeat the troll with her weapon of choice?

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

Ciara O of Massachusetts
Sean of Massachusetts
Olivia M
Emily B of New York
Kelly P of West Virginia
Hollyn G
Olivia G
MJ of Massachusetts
Mike U of Philadelphia
Uncle Brian of New York
Brooke P
Luci P
Brayden of New York
Tucker of West Virginia

We hope your day SPARKLED!

Summer is when families get to spend the most time together.  It’s an opportunity to laugh together, learn together, and make some lasting memories.  That’s why we here at the Night Light Stories household are sharing an activity a day that you can do together as a family.  We’ve already shared activities such as building a rain gauge, creating a birds’ nest, and using patterns to make yummy fruit kabobs.  You can find details to all of these activities over at the facebook page.  If you do one of these activities, share with others by leaving a comment or picture.  We’d love to see your summer creations! 

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the National Down Syndrome Society will kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month and Buddy Walk® season in the heart of Times Square in NYC with a video presentation featuring more than 200 individuals with Down syndrome from across the country and around the world. For more information or to find a Buddy Walk in your area, visit

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