Program Overview

Start with a Story I Am Peace Overview

Start with a Story: I Am Peace

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: I Am Peace

In a world that can be overwhelming, intense, and confusing, I Am Peace, by Peter H. Reynolds
starts a dialogue about how we manage big, difficult feelings. Because self-management is a core competency of social-emotional learning, we know how important it is for students to find strategies that help them find peace and calm in the midst of turmoil.

Through the 5+ lessons of Start with a Story: I Am Peace students are introduced to different tool for emotional self-management. We also introduce the creativity concept of divergent thinking in this set, so students can recognize
they have the power to come up with many different possibilities for finding their own peace.

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