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Kahani Se Kitab Tak Program and Its Aims

Kahani Se Kitab Tak is a program for teaching children Urdu language through stories. It is the program's aim to replace the current, failed method of teaching Urdu, and introduce children to Urdu language, its classical literature, and our folklore through engaging, age-appropriate books. This program has been developed by Musharraf Ali Farooqi who is an author, translator, editor of Urdu Thesaurus, and a Harvard University fellow where he developed the Kahani Se Kitab Tak program.

Stories for Kahani Se Kitab Tak Program

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. Kahani Se Kitab Tak program has 60 (sixty) books. Children will read them in three stages during their Primary, Middle and Secondary School years.

Primary School Program

Children will read a new picture book every month. These picture books will help children develop basic understanding of plot and characters.

Plan

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.

Advantages

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 help them employ their vocabulary more effectively.

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

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

Middle School Program

In Middle School, children will monthly 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.

Plan

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

Their knowledge of idioms will be checked through tests.

Advantages

Through idioms children will learn new aspects of language.

Studying idioms will help children learn proper usage.

Matric/Cambridge O- & A-Levels Program

Students enrolled in grades 9 and 10, and Cambridge O- and A-levels will read the annotated original text of a story they had already read in simpler versions during the primary and middle school years. While reading these texts, their characters and stories will already be familiar to the students.

Plan

Students will learn the proverbs used in the text.

Their knowledge of proverbs will be checked through tests.

Advantages

Reading the texts in annotated editions will help students understand the idiom and expression of classical Urdu literature.

Students will learn the background stories for proverbs.

Through the study of proverbs, students will be able to use the language effectively.

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The Kahani Se Kitab Tak program will introduce children to the masterworks of Urdu literature, even as they learn the finer points of language. The time spent listening to and reading these stories will forever keep alive their interest in literature.