Read chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the ‘Being Truthful’ story with your child or listen to the MP3 recording together.
The stories in this COOL TO BE ME @ Home series are longer, with more complex plots and ambitious learning opportunities. We recommend you break the story up as suggested into chapters 1 to 3 and then chapters 4 and 5 over two consecutive days. Be sure to complete the discussion after listening to or reading chapters 1 to 3, before finishing chapters 4 and 5 with the final discussion.
For your convenience we have broken up the MP3 audio recordings accordingly into chapters 1 to 3 and then chapters 4 and 5. We have also provided you with a full audio version of the story so that once you have completed this module your child can listen to the story to their hearts content!
Listen to chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the story below.
Read chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the story with your child.Being-Truthful-Full-Story
Chat through these questions with your child to help them learn from the most important parts of chapters 1, 2 and 3 in the story.
- What happened to Thandi Tortoise when she told a lie about her leg being sore; and how did it make her feel?
- Have you or your child ever felt uncomfortable about being untruthful about something? Share your experiences.
- What happened when Thandi Tortoise was brave enough to tell the truth and how did she feel? Have you or your child ever started to tell a lie or be untruthful and then changed your minds like Thandi Tortoise? How did being truthful make you feel? Share your experiences.
- What happened in the story when someone was untruthful?
- What are some of the ways in which the characters in the story were untruthful? What are the different ways you see the children at your school being untruthful?
- In the story, Thandi Tortoise became very worried about the big black smoke cloud. What did she shout at the top of her voice so that the children would stop being untruthful?
Finish reading or listening to chapters 4 and 5 of the ‘Being Truthful’ story with your child.
Chat through these questions with your child to help them learn from the most important parts of the story.
- What did Jembo the giant ask the friends to do to stop the Fire of Truth from going out?
- When the boy who had cheated on his test told Teacher Softheart the truth, her reaction was not what he had expected. Why do you think that is?
- Why can telling the truth be hard and scary? Have you or your child ever felt like that? Share your experiences.
- Why is it always worth being truthful?
- The children who had listened to their hearts and chosen to be truthful started to encourage the other children to do the same. Together they made the smoke cloud disappear. It was replaced by a warm, happy glow in the playground. If your child decided to be truthful about everything and encouraged the rest of your family to do the same, do you think it would have the same effect on your home? How would everyone else in the family feel?
After the story look at the ’Being Truthful’ poster, say the motto together and find a place to display it.
The motto of the story is:
I smile inside and shout, I am King when I am truthful about everything.
Full Story to listen to at your leisure