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Audiobooks of real-life stories for kids

Dec 16, 2020

I'd like to tell you about the series of audiobooks È la nonna che parla (It's grandma speaking) by Savina Sciacqua: she is my mom and created the True Tales Collection, stories based on reality and written in a documentary style, but narrated in a fun way to engage kids' attention.

The idea came to her when we left to travel the world: every week she wrote, recorded and sent a story to her grandkids… it was her way to stay close even when far, far away. Oliver and Emily liked it so much that my mother thought that maybe other children might like it too… and that's how these audiobooks were born.

Oliver and Emily love them, and I finally have a whole collection of stories that I can upload onto their iPods and that allow me to stay consistent with my decision to not expose my children to fantasy before the age of 6.

Today I'd like to dedicate this post to my mom's project, not because she is my mother, but because she really deserves it: she has worked so hard on her stories… and there are huge news!

You'll never believe it, but my grandma Bruna made this drawing (my mother's mother). My sister coloured it and now my mom is using it for her new business. An all-women story that  generations 💕

È la nonna che parla is now in three languages 🇮🇹🇬🇧🇪🇸

At first, the collection was just in Italian, but my mom's dream was to have her stories also in English and Spanish, and so she worked hard to find nice, native voices, and she created "It's grandma speaking" and "Es la abuela quién habla".

On top of the single audiobooks (which include two stories each), she also created collections in Spanish, English, and Italian that you can buy at a slightly discounted price or gift to friends.

Each collection has a child's name, and contains between 14 and 20 stories.

Collection Bella (20 stories, English)

Collezione Oliver (18 stories, Italian)

Collezione Emily (18 stories, Italian)

Collezione Lavinia (18 stories, Italian)

Collezione Samuele (14 stories, Italian)

Collezione Elia (14 stories, Italian)

Collezione Sean (14 stories, Italian)

Colección Gabriel (14 stories, Spanish)

Coleccíon Lucía (14 stories, Spanish)

Colección Aysha (10 stories, Spanish)

Learning Italian or Spanish?

And since my mom is a volcano of ideas (we call her Savina Jones), she also decided to create a collection for parents who'd like to expose their children to a different language: each of these collections has the same stories in two different languages.

You can't learn a language passively, but you can train the hearing for that language: for example, it's more likely that somebody who was exposed as a baby to, say, Japanese, will be able to reproduce the sounds when they decide to learn it as adults.

Approach to Spanish

Approach to Italian (coming soon)

Where can you find them?

The whole colleciton is available to download in mp3 format or as audiobooks (on many platforms).

We usually buy them as mp3 as I like the kids to have them on their devices. And yes, we buy them, because we like to support good projects. 🌸

The entire English collection (mp3)

La colección española entera (mp3)

L'intera collezione italiana (mp3)

Ps. The kids' devices you see in the photo are iPods with headphones, we use them a lot while travel as an alternative to screens. You can find below the related post.  

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I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

Montessori
One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
An example of how I practice empathy with my kids
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Montessori New Year's tradition
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The organs of the body: workshop for kids
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Living sustainably
Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
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A change of life always widens your horizons
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I’ve prepared collections on various topics that I’ve written over the years. Perhaps you’ll find one that interests you.

Travel

We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.

Books

In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.

Podcast

On my podcast, “Educare con calma”, I talk about various topics, from Montessori to sustainability. Only in Italian!

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Why La Tela di Carlotta?
I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
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