During my Wednesday story class with 3 year olds, I told Androcles and the Lion, the storyabout the run away slave who helps a lion by removing a thorn from its paw. This timeless tale is told around the world to teach kindness, compassion and reciprocity. 

After stating that stories often teach us important lessons, I asked the children what they thought we could learn from this story.  A little girl said, “I think we can learn how important it is to remove a thorn from your hand and to always put a bandage on it.”

All of her classmates heartedly agreed.

I was reminded of how important first aid is to this group.  Three year olds love showing off their bandaged fingers, skinned knees and bruised shins.

Good stories often contain more than one lesson.  From now on, I’ll remember the triage lesson that is modelled in Androcles and the Lion.

Here’s a link to an article from the British Council about the benefits of storytelling.