This is a great way to learn Arabic online for kids between kindergarten and fifth grade. It is based on short stories. Young learners begin by learning the alphabet, and then learn to speak Arabic through situations that relate to their age. This is done by giving them stories and interesting puzzles that revolve around important topics such as: jobs, colors, numbers, food, outings, members, etc.
Below is a list of our Graded Stories courses:
- Toutou: This course is designed for young children who do not know the Arabic script or sound system. Letters are introduced in sequential order. Each lesson presents 3 or 4 new letters (or is a review of previous letters). Words are introduced that are composed ONLY of the letters that students have learned. Children are able to learn the letters, words, and basic sentence structures simultaneously.
- Sameh: This course is designed for young children who have already learned the Arabic alphabet. It helps students review the Arabic alphabet while enriching their vocabulary with additional vocabulary that is relevant to their age. Students get to see Loulou (the main character) at home, school, at the farm, in the garden, etc. Children learn to read and write words related to the world around them.
- Let’s Play: This course is designed for young children who can read and write but need more reinforcement. It presents scenes with children playing, drawing, writing, reading, walking, visiting the zoo, at a restaurant, and at home. The course further develops students’ vocabulary, adding words related to situations they may encounter.
- Guess-Fruits and Vegetables: This is the first in a series of courses that are based on guesswork. This active involvement of students in the lesson greatly increases their retention. The texts in the main lessons describe different fruits or vegetables, and students have to guess what they are. Students learn the names and characteristics of the different types of fruits and vegetables, as well as how to ask questions about and describe them.
- Stories-Fruits and Vegetables: This course can be completed in connection with, or after Guess-Fruits and Vegetables. Because students have learned how to describe a fruit or vegetable, they are ready to hear a story about them. The stories re-enforce vocabulary as well as introduce new words.
- Guess-Animals: This is the second in a series of three courses that are based upon guesswork. This course centers on birds and animals. Children will be asked to guess the animal that each lesson is describes. They learn to describe birds and animals in terms of: color, size, where they live, body parts, as well as whether it is tame or wild.
- Stories-Animals: This course can be completed in connection with, or after, Guess-Animals. Because students have learned how to describe different animals, they are ready to hear a story about them. The stories re-enforce vocabulary as well as introduce new words.
- Guess-Jobs: This is a third in a series of courses that are based on guesswork. In this course, children learn about the different professions. They learn what different people do, wear, the tools they use, and the place where they work.
- Characteristics of Young People: This course teaches children how to control and express their different feelings. This course accomplishes this through funny stories and interactive exercises. This course presents 8 engaging stories covering the following emotions: fear, boredom, aggression, pretending to know when you don’t, anxiety, being too quiet, liking to do the opposite of what people tell you, and being active versus being lazy. The children learn many useful vocabulary words related to expressing feelings.
- Manners: This course is designed to teach children about the cause and effect of different actions. It presents 10 different stories, 5 of which show how negative actions lead to unwanted situations, and 5 of which show how positive action brings about happiness. It contains many entertaining characters, and the children get to see what happens to the characters based upon their actions. The positive characteristics addressed in this course are: being helpful, clever, intelligent, loyal, and truthful. The negative characteristics addressed in this course are: being foolish, obstinate, liking to showing off, being greedy and lazy.
- Adventures: This course is composed of 8 short stories. Children are not only learning Arabic, but are also learning important life lessons (appropriate to their age level). They learn to be cautious while talking to strangers, to treat animals with kindness, to care about friends when they are sick, to take medicine when it is prescribed for them, to avoid eating dirty food, to use their brains to get out of a problem rather than their muscles, and to respect all creatures, even weak ones, to name a few.
- Unpleasant Characteristics: This course is composed of 12 funny stories. The stories are about a duck and a rabbit. The duck always does the right things and the rabbit always does the wrong things. The contrast between the two is what makes the stories engaging and fun. Children learn through the stories to distinguish between “good” actions and behavior and “bad” ones. They learn that doing good things brings happiness and success to all.
- Animals in the Forest: This course is composed of ten stories. The stories promote values, for example: one should not be greedy; the work of everybody is important; one should not show off; honesty and fairness are important, etc. The stories take place in the forest, and each story has a different animal as a hero.
- Village of Peace: This is a short story that shows how people can live happily when they cooperate. It also indicates how difficult life can be when people live alone and don’t get help from neighbors or offer to help them.
- Animals’ World: This course is based on ten short stories. Children view the world through the eyes of the animals and learn important concepts. For example: if you help people, people will help you; it is important to respect people and what they do; honesty makes people respect you; we should all do what we are responsible for; nobody will do your work but you; and we should not be greedy.
- Juha: This is a group of simplified short stories based on famous Arab folk tales. It is based on Juha, a funny personality that commits a number of funny and stupid actions. Somehow, through his stupid actions messages of wisdom are conveyed. The stories of Juha are very popular among children and adults in the Arab world. They form part of Arab culture, and reference to them is frequent. Children learn the language and culture, and benefit from the wisdom in the stories.