Educator Support

To purchase the curriculum, click here.
To book an event or inquire: or 860.763.0330
Frieda B. The Whole Child is a PK-5 curriculum Toolkit that provides tools to schools for delving into and communicating with students, staff and families the importance of supporting everyone’s STORY in order to work toward meaningful, relevant academic and social success…
…All the while complementing and enhancing the school’s existing English Language Arts (ELA) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) standards and initiatives.
Built with the Frieda B. series of picture books as its foundation, FBTWC is designed to help students and staff explore core SEL competencies in a highly personal and collaborative way, while also meeting ELA standards in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Comprehensive lesson plans, instructional videos, interactive classroom lessons, hands-on projects… all of these can be creatively orchestrated as the school and its educators choose:
  • to complement and enhance the good story-building already taking place;
  • to complement and enhance a school’s existing ELA/SEL standards and initiatives;
  • to identify each student’s gifts and interests and encourage him/her to apply them in a way that holds meaning for him/her, academically and socially;
  • to build a thriving culture among students and staff, built on the truth that everyone’s story matters and has an important place in this world;
  • to communicate that culture of story to families, and find engaging ways to invite them to participate. 
FBTWC ELA/SEL Program Objective:
"Encourage and validate the whole child within each person. Foster belief and belonging via story, while developing a rich emotional vocabulary. Compare and contrast the unique stories of the author, characters, self (autonomy) and others (community).”

Curriculum: What is included?

We call it a Toolkit, because it offers to educators the beautiful flexibility of choosing the specific tools (lesson plans, projects, videos, interactive lessons) that best reinforce the ELA and/or SEL objectives they are addressing on any given day. Here's a listing of what you'll find in the FBTWC Toolkit, available for purchase in our online store:  
  • An Educator Handbook outlining the What, Why and How-to of FBTWC.
  • A step-by-step PK-5 ELA/SEL Lesson Plan for each book.
  • A Letter from Renata to Educators for each book
  • An Educator Discussion Video for each book.
  • An Author Readaloud Video for each book.
  • An Interactive Lesson Video for each book.
  • A “Building an Emotional Vocabulary with Zilla” Chart.
  • Three Printable Hands-on Projects that reinforce FBTWC messaging.
  • Electronic Files for all Toolkit elements; these can be shared with all school staff.
  • A set of 20 Gifts: Frieda B. Pencils, Buttons, and “Free to B.” Stickers.
  • A Signed Set of Frieda B. Books for the school’s library.
  • Discounts on Frieda B. Books for the school, staff and families.

Author Visits, Family Events, Field Trips to The Story Barn

Whether we come to you or you come to us, Renata is adept at personalizing the Frieda B. The Whole Child message of STORY for any age, group, size, setting.

* Author Visits consist of three 50-minute sessions to use as the school chooses. Renata works with the school to determine which book(s) are best for each session, and she tailors the message accordingly for every age group. For the 2019-20 school year, the cost for an Author Visit is $990, and includes a signed set of Frieda B. books for the school library. Learn more at

* Renata often is asked to lead Family Events, sharing with families the same books and messages she's shared with students and staff during the school day, to create a strong sense of community and belonging for all.  These provide two hours of Renata's time to use as the school determines is best (speaking, mingling, signing books). The cost for the 2019-20 school year is $660. 

*Interested in Field Trips to The Story Barn? We can accommodate up to 32 people at a time in our Story Barn Workshop.  Guests each have their own seat at a table covered in kraft paper and laden with crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, scissors and hands-on activities.  An hour with Renata is $330 and includes 30 minutes of additional time playing and exploring the seven acres of land surrounding the barn. 

* Interested in an Artist-in-Residence or other customized school event? We'd be happy to create something exclusively for you. Just reach out and inquire: or 860.763.0330. 

Professional Development: Three Options

1. Leading your own FBTWC PD
You’ll find everything you need to lead your own in-house FBTWC professional development, right in our Toolkit, including a step-by-step guide to conducting a 3-hour session.
2. Individual PD Sessions, at The Story Barn

We offer 2-hour Professional Development sessions at The Story Barn on an ongoing basis; teachers, counselors, librarians can attend on their own and learn the comprehensive ELA/SEL lesson for one of the Frieda B. books. Find these sessions in our current events calendar at  

3. Group PD Sessions/Team-Building/Retreats

Want Renata to lead any of these for your staff? She'd be happy to! You can book this directly through us; the cost is $990 for 3 hours of educator support tailored to your specific needs. We can come to you, or we can accommodate groups of up to 40 at The Story Barn in Somers.  

Also, we offer a $1600 Foundational Base Package that bundles the FBTWC Toolkit with three hours of time with Renata - with students, staff and/or families. Also included in this Base Package is a discount on any additional add-on sessions. Contact us for full details, or to explore other options.

Administrator Retreats at The Story Barn: Come to Learn More

Every month or two we host a two-hour Administrator Retreat at The Story Barn for PK-5 administrators... a chance to visit The Story Barn in Somers, and to learn more about all we offer through our Frieda B. The Whole Child curriculum and services. Find the dates and times for these retreats on our current calendar of events at  To register, simply send an email to us at  You're welcomed to invite other administrators you believe might be interested.


To purchase the curriculum, click here.
To book an event or inquire: or 860.763.0330