Kahani Se Kitab Tak Program | اردو

The Kahani Se Kitab Tak (From Story to Book) program teaches children Urdu language through stories. Stories are information packages put together with events and lives of characters. It is easy for children to remember the details of events and characters' lives in the form of stories. Reading stories also helps develop their cognitive abilities. The program has been developed by Musharraf Ali Farooqi who is an author, editor of Urdu Thesaurus, and a Harvard University fellow .

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Teaching Methodology

The Kahani Se Kitab Tak program introduces children to Urdu language, its classical literature, and the local folklore through engaging, age-appropriate books. Children read them during the Primary, Middle and High School years. The program builds children's engagement with books through interactive storytelling and games. It leads to children becoming interested in reading the stories. Becoming a reader is the first step on the path to becoming a self-learner. Once the children get hooked to reading through stories, there is no stopping them on the path of learning; they will educate themselves and the world. The time spent listening to and reading these stories forever keeps alive their interest in literature.

Primary School Program

Children will monthly read a new picture book suited to their age group.

Children will develop basic understanding of plot and characters through these picture books.

Children enrolled in grades 1 to 3 will learn synonyms of the words used in the stories. Children enrolled in grades 4 and 5 will learn antonyms of the words used in the stories. Their knowledge of synonyms and antonyms will be checked through two separate tests.

  • Benefits

Reading the synonyms and antonyms of the words within the context of the story will clarify their meanings in children’s minds.

Children’s ability to distinguish between synonyms and antonyms will develop their vocabulary.

Having learned the synonyms of words used in stories, children will be able to narrate stories in their own words.

The practice and ability to narrate a story will make children confident and able communicators.

Middle School Program (Launching in 2021)

In Middle School children will read a classical text in the form of chapter book, which they had earlier read as a picture book. Upon reading the texts a second time in greater detail, the plots and characters of stories will be reinforced.

Children's knowledge of idioms will be checked through tests.

  • Benefits

Children will learn the idioms associated with the words of the story.

Ability to understand the idioms will help children understand the shades of meaning in a text.

Acquaintance with the idioms will help children develop high level ability to use the language.

High School Program (Launching in 2021)

Students enrolled in grades 9 and 10, and Cambridge O- and A-level will monthly read the annotated original text of a story they had already read in simpler versions during the primary and middle school years. The story and the characters of these texts will have become quite familiar to the students from two earlier readings, and reading the texts in annotated editions will help them understand the idiom and expression of classical Urdu literature.

  • Benefits

Students will learn the proverbs used in the text and related to the words of the stories.

Students' knowledge of proverbs will be checked through tests.

The proverbs will introduce students to the back stories associated with proverbs.

Children will acquire high level language skills once they are able to use proverbs in written and spoken language.