About Laurie Story:
Laurie Story Vela founded Creative Spirit Families in August, 2013 as the non-profit consolidation
of her long time work with the FUNdamentals of literacy at Laurie's Stories
& her spiritual literacy offerings at New Thought Families.
Laurie Story has been creating, producing & publishing family & children's books, music & curriculum since receiving her M.A. in Education & Curriculum Design from UC Davis, 1991. Her Leaping Literacy program for developing readers & English language learners is full of her innovative 'physical phonics', amazing alliteration, & rollicking rhyme in hundreds of Laurie StorEBooks & songs found in the original Leaping Literacy.
Her Laurie Story journey is here!
Laurie Story Vela grew up writing and performing ~ songs, poetry, books, plays. Her literacy work was formed at the University of CA, Davis where her undergraduate degree was in Communications and her Master's in Education in curriculum design. Laurie's thesis blended phonics & whole language addressing the fun & whole person connections to traditional literacy & early reading fluency.
Laurie Story is a singer and prolific songwriter. She has penned and produced hundreds of children's, folk and New Thought songs. She has hundreds of stories, songs & alliterative poems in her FUNdamental literacy offerings.You can read & hear samples from 175 Laurie StorEBooks in the Laurie's Stories' Leaping Literacy Library. She has created and developed ChildSing Song Circles for preschoolers & their caregivers with 3 ChildSing CDs & ChildSing section of the Leaping Literacy Membership Library. Laurie Story's current folk & New Thought songs are found on 6 CDs. Laurie Story has sung, performed & recorded with her son Jeremiah since he was 4, now age 15. Laurie Story created New Thought Families; an online ministry of merry music & mindful home spirituality practices in 2006 with the website going live on 2/7/2007. New Thought Families is infused & enhanced with Jeremiah's young voice as well as the 'KidSpeak'of other children & youth Laurie Story has worked with. Laurie Story has added more sections/branches in the Leaping Literacy Membership Library for expanded areas of family literacy. New Thought Families includes hundreds of videos and songs for mindful, intergenerational, interfaith celebrations and explorations. SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp also produced hundreds of videos to 'let your soul come out to play'! And Creative Spirit Families is a Forum branch where members can share and publish their own eBooks & co-creations. There are more planned branches/sections forthcoming for the Leaping Literacy Library that include 'Generational Gems and Vintage Voices' as well as expanded 'Nature Nook' celebrations and explorations. Creative Spirit Families seeks to integrate intergenerational voices in expressions of Love for family, community, and nature through the arts and heart based communications on and offline.