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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 songs and spiritual literacy offerings at New Thought Families. Read on for more about Laurie Story!

Laurie Story's newest creation is Leaping Literacy Library ETV, a thematic web show
brought to you from Laurie's Victorian Playhouse with content from Leaping Literacy Library!

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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 Library
for traditional reading FUNdamentals. Read more about Laurie's Stories 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 focussed on 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 hundreds of 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 8 CDs. Laurie Story has sung, performed & recorded with her son Jeremiah since he was 4, now age 20 and an accomplished musician studying at UCLA. Scroll down to hear and see them! 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. SoulPlay Camp produced hundreds of videos to 'let your soul come out to play'! And Creative Spirit Families has a developing 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, Ancestor Treasure, 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.


Laurie Story Sings!
Laurie Story Vela has been writing songs and singing her whole life.
She has performed for children and families for 3 decades and has worked
with youth writing and performing songs and musical theatre. She has worked
with Unity youth, always with songs at the heart of the ministry messages.
Over the years, peeps have had wonderful things to say:

Jeremiah, Laurie's son, has performed with her on stage and in the studio since age 4.
Below are some music videos with Laurie and Jeremiah singing.
Jeremiah is minoring in music at UCLA and is featured on Laurie's
latest CD, We Are Called!

Laurie Story & JeremiahLaurie Story & JeremiahLaurie Story & JeremiahWe Are Called CD
Listen to an 8 minute CD Sampler
as a special tribute to Freedom & Justice!


Our Songs!
Lyrics & song samples from our CDs:

Click on each CD for lyrics & mp3 samples on our New Thought Families website!
In Our HandsSmall After SmallSimply SingingTrust What You HearI Am A Seeker12 ThoughtsTimeless Spirit CDTimeless Spirit CD
Happy LEAPing Literacy Library Marvelous Members,
Access ALL our Songs!

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From our Leaping Literacy Library archives
Laurie Story Singing with Jeremiah:

Open Flow 2008
Passcode: LJOpen08
Open Flow 2019
Passcode: LJOpen19
Singing Live 2006
Passcode: LJSing06
Seed Of Love 2012
Passcode: LJSeed12
God's Spot 2010
Passcode: LJSingingSpot
God's Spot 2015
Passcode: GSJJLSV15


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