Program Overview

Start with a Story Be You Overview

Start with a Story: Be You!

Designed for all learning environments, the Start with a Story program ties the works of New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds to hands-on SEL, literacy and STEAM activities. Each lesson pack focuses on one book and includes five or more lessons to inspire creative learning and story activation for students in grades k-5. While teachers can begin with any lesson, we encourage instructors to start with a book reading and an SEL activity and/or the team-building activity before moving onto animation, engineering, and/or journaling.

About Start with a Story: Be You!

Be You!, by Peter H. Reynolds, is the perfect introduction to self-awareness, a key component of social-emotional learning.

This book reminds us that we can all be many things. The 7 lessons in Start with a Story: Be You! highlight the concepts of knowing ourselves and our strengths, appreciating differences, and being original. As a bonus, this set of activities results in some fun visual representations of the uniqueness of each student in a classroom, and the beauty of all those amazing human beings belonging to the same community.

Note: Licenses to Animation-ish and FabMaker Studio are recommended for two of the lessons. If you would like to purchase autographed books by Peter H. Reynolds visit his online bookshop, The Dot Central.

Annual Access to Curriculum = $50