The Pehla Taleemi Basta (PTB) is an educational resource kit for young learners, developed by TRC. The PTB, designed after extensive research and usability testing, has proven to be an effective resource, which makes it possible for teachers to make the shift from teacher directed instruction to active learning.
The set of activities and materials in the PTB engage the children in tasks that lead to the development of social, cognitive, language and motor skills. The PTB provides a certain amount of freedom for the children where they can think, plan and review their own actions and also talk about the process with the teacher. As a result, children’s levels of self-confidence rise significantly along with the desire to learn and actively apply concepts and skills.
The use of the PTB has resulted in an amazing transformation in children across Pakistan in both public and private schools in rural and urban settings in terms of their skills, concepts, confidence and creativity.
The kit also provides a teacher’s guide, which contains useful suggestions for the teachers on using the material in an effective manner to promote initial literacy, numeracy and science concepts and skills.
List of Materials in the PTB
|Language & Literacy|
|1||Urdu: Letters of the Alphabet||37 flash cards|
|2||English: Letters of the Alphabet||26 flash cards|
|3||English and Urdu Word Cards||10 + 10 flash cards|
|4||Story sequencing Cards||4 sets: 2 English & 2 Urdu|
|5||Nomenclature Cards: Transport||10 flash cards|
|6||Nomenclature Cards: Home Appliances||10 flash cards|
|7||Punched cards and laces for the development of pincer grip/pencil hold||15 cards|
|8||Picture Puzzles||5 jigsaw puzzles|
|9||Number cards: 1 – 10||10 flash cards|
|10||Buttons for Counting & Number Value||75 (3 colours)|
|11||Beads for Counting & Number Value||75 (3 colours)|
|12||Number cards with laces: 1 – 10||20|
|13||Shape cards||6 sets|
|14||Nomenclature Cards: Vegetables||10 flash cards|
|15||Nomenclature Cards: Fruits||10 flash cards|
|16||Nomenclature Cards: Animals (including extinct and endangered species)||36 flash cards|
|19||Primary & Secondary Colours||15 Cellophane cards (3 colours)|
|20||Shades/Hues of Blue||5 varying blue cards|
|21||Colour cards||10 cards|
|22||Detailed activity cards||30 laminated sheets (10 each for Language & Literacy, Numeracy and Science)|
|23||Instructions Booklet||1 booklet|