About Story Cove
Story Cove was founded in 2004 by Steve Floyd, Graham Anthony, and Rob Cleveland. The founders were committed to providing innovative ways for young children to enjoy timeless stories while nurturing their love of reading. Over the years, they developed the program through pilot projects in schools and by incorporating proven learning principles throughout the design process.
One of the secrets to Story Cove’s ongoing success is the focus on folktales that have been passed down through generations. If these stories weren’t such great tales, they wouldn’t have survived countless retellings as they were passed along and shared.
Our award-winning program has been recognized with awards from:
Mom's Choice Awards
Interactive Media Council
Today this award-winning program offers a variety of ways for kids to experience these timeless folktales, including:
- Animated version of each story
- Read-to-me version (audio with highlighted text and illustrations)
- Read-along version (child controls the pace of audio and turns each page)
- Leveled with Fountas & Pinnell (Guided Reading) and the Lexile Scale
- Differentiated lesson plans aligned with the Common Core Standards
- Learning activities for children to reinforce the themes of the stories
- 8x8 paperback picture books
- Audio downloads
When children are learning to read, it is important to incorporate multiple teaching methods to help stimulate and sustain their interest. Unfortunately, when young children read stories without meaningful engagement, they frequently retain very little information.
Combining multiple readings of a story with highly engaging exercises and structured learning assignments deepens a child's relationship with a story. When kids have a more personal connection with the characters and the plot line, they not only remember and comprehend more, they begin to see the subtle life lessons that are incorporated into each story.
Not surprisingly, having a deeper relationship with a story makes it easier for students to become more proficient in the fundamental reading skills they need to develop in order to meet the requirements defined by the Common Core Standards.
Folktales have been passed down for hundreds of years through the oral tradition. When stories are shared orally, they're honed for listening and are easier to remember. These unique characteristics make it easier for children to decode, internalize, comprehend, and recall. As a result, many teachers find that folktales are ideal to use with emerging readers to help them strengthen their phonics and fluency skills.
In addition to entertaining kids, folktales also pass along universal values and cultural traditions. As a result, each story subtly incorporates character traits and core values into the dramatic elements of the plot. Decision-making and reasoning skills are modeled throughout the structure of each story with good decisions leading to positive outcomes and poor decisions leading to negative consequences. These supplemental activities also promote vocabulary and comprehension for emerging readers.
The multicultural origin of these classic folktales also makes them relevant for all children since these stories help kids build valuable connections to other cultures. As kids learn about other ways of seeing the world, they can gain valuable insights about their own family's heritage and traditions.
Teachers, librarians, and parents use Story Cove to help kids:
- Strengthen their core reading skills
- Nurture a love of learning
- Expand their world view
- Learn about other cultural traditions
- Reinforce character traits and values
- Understand that decisions have consequences
While Story Cove can be used to support a wide range of applications, the best reason to choose Story Cove is that kids simply love these stories.