Read Together Manuals
“These Teaching-Stories can be experienced on many levels. A child may simply enjoy hearing them, an adult may analyze them in a more sophisticated way. Both may eventually benefit from the lessons within.”
—Lynn Neary All Things Considered, NPR News, Washington
HOOPOE TEACHING-STORIES all come from a rich tradition of storytelling in Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East. For more than a thousand years, by campfire and candlelight, people have told these stories to their children, not only to entertain them, but also to help young people understand their world. Schools for young children were rare, but storytelling was not. Education came from stories.
In presenting these stories to children, you can help them understand what we share and what we can learn from each other. The stories can help children understand human nature. They encourage qualities such as self-reliance, the ability to overcome irrational fears caused by things children do not as yet understand, peaceful negotiation rather than violent confrontation, and much else.
To help you get the most out of these Teaching-Stories, we have developed an introductory leaflet Learning that Lasts: Teaching-Stories for Early Childhood Education (PDF) and a set of free materials for teachers and parents.
In this ancient tradition, stories are told to young and old alike. A story can help children deal with difficult situations and give them something to hold onto. It can, at the same time, stimulate a deeper understanding as they become adults. These downloadable/printable manuals provide the stories’ background and tips on reading and sharing them with your children. They also suggest one or two activities associated with each tale that can help children improve their literacy skills while they make each story their own.