School Programs

Seeing Stories Pre-K — Grade 2

Karolina Manko

This early childhood education program, created in collaboration with acclaimed literacy specialist Bill Gordh, teaches students how visual and aural elements tell a story and acquaints them with the tools filmmakers use to bring a story out of their imagination and into the world. With a focus on movement, sound, and storytelling, this multisensory program integrates all the building blocks of early childhood literacy. It also includes opportunities for students to create short multimedia projects and view short films.

Each grade level encompasses a theme: Animal Adventures (Pre-K), Three’s Stories (K), Scary Stories (1), and Quest Tales (2).

Educational Objectives

• Practice and strengthen active listening skills.
• Engage emerging readers and writers in the craft of storytelling.
• Understand that stories come from many cultures and countries.
• Enhance comprehension, expression, and prediction skills.
• Learn basic vocabulary of visual literacy.


Elementary schools from the Ossining and Yonkers school districts participate in the Seeing Stories program, and the program will not expand to any new sites during the 2018—2019 school year. If you are interested in our existing professional development initiatives, please request information and sign up for our Schools & Teachers e-bulletin HERE.