Kids love creating and telling stories, and by building narratives around the subjects their teachers are covering in class, students are deepening their learning and making the ideas their own.
What teachers are saying about Li’l Stories
“My students love creating stories, drawing and telling them. They are engaged and don’t even realize they are learning.”
—KELLY, 1st grade teacher, PS 3
“It helps students find their voice. They are working on how stories are put together. It helps them organize their thinking.”
—MAGNUS, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, PS 3
“Telling stories helps kids overcome their shyness. They can use the visuals on the storyboard as talking points.”
—CHARLY, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, PS 3
Benefits of storytelling
Expressing their own ideas puts students in the driver seat.
Engages different types of learners
Stories can be visual, written, spoken or even danced or performed, thus reaching students at different levels.
Fosters 21st century skills
Stories are easily created by students in pairs or groups, encouraging an environment where children must collaborate, articulate and communicate their ideas and think creatively.
Teaches Common Core learning standards
From English Language Arts (story structure, story elements, sequencing) to digital media and communication skills, the framework supports the learning goals of a variety of curricula.
Helps with structure
Artists, designers and filmmakers often use storyboarding as a framework that provides structure for linear storytelling. Similarly, the act of storyboarding helps children structure their narratives and organize their thinking.