Allison Nasser at Syraj.Com mentioned to me a week back that Syraj is on the lookout for new, (fun!) Arabic-language educational materials.
So it was with that not-so-subliminal suggestion that I trolled through the booths at the 2010 Doha International Book Fair.
One of the most exciting new educational discoveries was at the Kalimat booth, where I found—or perhaps Fatima Sharafeddine found, and showed me—ادم و الأصدقاء.
This is a boxed set of six stories to teach reading (٦ قصص لتعليم القراءة ); six colored pencils, full-color cards that draw from the stories, and a coloring book.
The stories “to teach reading” would never seem so to a child. They are delightful, simple, and charmingly illustrated by لورا سكارون. Even though they’re very “easy” stories, I caught the seven-year-old reading them to himself with pleasure. (It is such a pleasure to be able to read to yourself!)
The two-and-a-half-year-old was happy to look and listen. And he always loves cards. He loves stacking them, looking at them, trading them, and he particularly loves using them to quiz his mother.
Indeed, if Kalimat sells these (as they should, because you should buy them), then I would love to see a graduated series by the same author/illustrator/editor team: perhaps this could be another box or two at Level 1, and then a slightly more complex Level 2, and so on.
Who should get this? If your child is learning to read Arabic, and is eight years old or younger (this is best targeted at the emerging Arabic reader, 4-7), I strongly suggest this wonderful resource.
Thanks to Kalimat Sales Exec Razouk Rezk, who put up with me for what I’m sure seemed like hours.