Story Spark Amarillo

Keep reading to learn about the Story Spark Christmas Project!

Latest News: We are so grateful to have re-opened in Summer 2021 with week-long mini-camps and a mini Summer Semester. After being closed for more than a year due to COVID, it was wonderful to fill the Story Spark space with the sound of children and parents bonding through books and play.

But, it is with very mixed feelings that I share some news about my own personal journey and how that affects Story Spark. A big opportunity fell in my lap to work in the school my children attend providing academic support to students, parents, and staff. I have been in this role for several weeks now, and it feels like a wonderful fit for our family and for me professionally.

I will therefore be unable to offer any Story Spark classes during the school year, at least for now as my family adjusts to me being in a school setting again and the schedule that entails. Due to this, I have since vacated the Story Spark space off of I-40 and Bell. This felt so very bittersweet after having just re-opened, but I am pleased that my need to downsize books and educational materials was able to benefit local learning centers that service families and children from low socio-economic homes.


Helping our Community:
We’re doing it again! Please support the Story Spark Christmas Project, benefitting and partnering with local Amarillo educational organizations that service low-income students ages 6 weeks to 11. Please visit our GoFundMe2021 page for this year’s giving. 

Though classes were closed for most of 2020 due to COVID-19, during the holiday season of 2020 we were able to fulfill our mission through a very special Christmas project, Story Spark: Turning the Page on 2020. Thanks to our GoFundMe2020 page and generous donations, we were able to provide books and book-based learning opportunities as holiday gifts to 65 Amarillo students in need. Read more about how it impacted our community here.

By partnering with local book fairs and families, we hope to provide carefully curated books and educational gift sets to even more children this year!

About Story Spark

Now in Amarillo/Canyon! Classes are for children ages 0-5 and caregivers. We welcome and support children and families from all backgrounds. We are proud of our strong foundation working in Special Education, Autism Intervention, and supporting multiculturalism and multilingualism!

 

General Info: We welcome you to see how Story Spark can benefit you and your little one. Please keep reading to learn about class descriptions and pricing. Read below about how we are building bonds and brains through books! We welcome you to drop in and preview Story Spark before deciding to enroll for the remainder of the semester. Please contact Story Spark before doing so, in case there are any unforeseen changes to our schedule.


The Story Spark Way

Each time you open a book with a little one, you can SPARK so much: a special bond, their creativity, a fierce imagination, a sense of wonder and inquiry, critical thinking skills, empathy, and a love for reading, art, music, drama, math, science, history, and so much more.

In each class, we will enjoy books through song, active participation, and movement. You can expect your child to be exposed to diverse books, different languages (predominantly Spanish and sign language), cultures, and concepts. We will go beyond read-aloud to explore a variety of age-appropriate activities that cover the range of developmental areas of growth and further spark a love of learning and books!

For more information about my educational background and teaching philosophy, please explore my teacher/mom blog, especially Who Is Maestra Momma and Profile of a Daycare and Teacher.

Happy reading,

Ms. Annika, M.Ed., Sp.Ed.

storysparkamarillo@gmail.com


* Testimonials *

Excellent program and wonderful teacher! Annika is amazing and you can tell she is very compassionate with kids!! I will definitely be enrolling [my son] back into the program in the Fall 2019. – Kendra S.

We loved your Story Spark class!!! The only reason we aren’t enrolling in the fall is because [my son] will be in preschool. Good luck! – Kristi D.


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