LiteracyPlus celebrated Teachers’ Day 2011 with a Japanese themed party of sumptuous Japanese food, the crowd-pleasing Miss Japan contest and catwalk and fabulous dancing! Everyone participated heartily in learning the Tanko Bushi (Coal Miner’s Dance) and we had a treat with a fantastic number by our new curriculum writers Chris and Fred. It was an unforgettable day!
Check out the event highlights below:
More event photos here.
As we put in our vote for the upcoming Presidential elections, kindly note that all LiteracyPlus classes on 27 August will be held as normal. If you are not able to send your children for classes, kindly call us at 6777 2468 to arrange a make-up class.
On 27 August, LiteracyPlus held a workshop for parents whose children are in K2 in 2011. Parents learnt about the STELLAR programme and how they could support their child as he/she made the transition into Primary One.
The Q&A session was popular, with many parents raising questions ranging from what was expected of children in Primary One, to reading/writing abilities and if “giftedness” could be trained.
Check out the photos from our event:
Find out more about our Head Start to Primary One Programme here.
On 16 July, LiteracyPlus conducted its annual PSLE preparation workshop for parents whose children are in Primary Five and Six in 2012.
Mrs Sylvia Soh, a current teacher at a top secondary school who teaches in our Primary Five and Six classes, was the main speaker at the event. She shared important skills and strategies used to help students score in the Reading Comprehension, Cloze and Writing components of the English paper. She also talked about her personal experiences in helping her own children prepare for the PSLE, reminding parents to create incidental learning experiences for children.
|Sylvia sharing strategies with parents||Parents hard at work on a
Reading Comprehension paper
|Sylvia sharing a light-hearted moment with parents|
Check out the following ideas to have a fun and educational time with your family this holidays!
|1. Visit a museum.
The National Museum of Singapore has put together a new creative platform for children this June holidays called the PlayDome. Enjoy fun play activities including rhythm song workshops, free open-air evening movies, hands-on artwork, discovery trails and much more! Alternatively, check out the new ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Current exhibitions include Dali: Mind of a Genius and Van Gogh Alive. Creative workshops include baking, ceramics, painting and much more!To get in the mood for a visit to a museum, your child could read one of the following books: The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue by Jan Wahl, or From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.
|2. Read aloud tales from around the world.
The holidays are a good opportunity for reading aloud together as a family. If you have younger children, then you’ll be doing most of the actual reading. If you have older children, then everyone in the family can take turns. What better way to experience new places than to choose a selection of folktales from around the world?Read from your family’s favourite folktale collection or try one of these suggestions: Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories by Mingmei Yip ; and One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi.
|3. Enjoy the great outdoors.
We’re sure many parents would agree that too many Singaporean children spend their leisure time watching television and playing computer games. The holidays are a good opportunity to go on a treetop canopy walk at MacRitchie Reservoir, go bird watching (or art sessions) at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve or doing something more adventurous like exploring Sentosa or Pulau Ubin. Pack a picnic lunch, make sure to bring lots of hydrating cold drinks, and don’t forget your mat to sit on!Some books to help get your family in the mood for an outdoor adventure are: Pet Bugs: A Kid’s Guide to Catching and Keeping Touchable Insects by Sally Kneidel; TarBeach by Faith Ringgold, and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
|4. Do something different – make a time capsule.
Leave your day-to-day routines behind by reading about time travel and then making a time capsule. Suggest your child read or listen to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Magic School Bus, Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, or another book about time and space travel.To make the time capsule:
1. Select the container for the capsule.
2. Have your child pick the items to put in the time capsule (e.g., drawings; a newspaper; a toy; a list of favourite music, movies, or books; some photographs).
3. Talk about whom the time capsule is for. (It could be for your child to open in five years, or for a sibling or for an unknown person in the distant future.)
4. Your child could write a letter to his or her future self or to someone else in the future to include in the future. You could even write a letter for your child to be opened in the future (if the capsule is for your child).
5. Make a label for the outside of the capsule: “Not to be opened until 2016”.
6. When finished, put the time capsule someplace no one goes, like in a safe deposit box, or an out-of-the-way closet, or in the basement of a house (but don’t forget where it is, you will need to open it when the future arrives).
All books mentioned above are available at our public libraries.
The P2 Readers’ Theatre Programme at Pei Chun Public School developed pupils’ confidence in oral communication. Pupils practised reading aloud with expression to develop clear and accurate articulation of words. Group interactive activities encouraged an interest in reading and dramatic storytelling, and you can see the kids enjoyed it!
During the June holidays, LiteracyPlus conducted holiday programmes for Kindergarten and Lower Primary students:
1. Ice Cream Delight
Sounds of laughter filled the corridor as children and adults mixed the ice cream ingredients, added their toppings and ate their delicious ice cream, right at the LiteracyPlus Enrichment Centre.
The Ice Cream Delight Holiday Programme was held over 2 Saturdays in June and saw 18 children and their parents learning about the history of ice cream and participating in making, designing and colouring their very own ice cream. Programme highlights below:
2. Dinosaurs & Volcanoes
The holiday programme introduced pupils to the world of dinosaurs and discusses why dinosaurs have become extinct. Children got to make models of dinosaurs and saw a ‘volcanic eruption’ right before their eyes! Check out the photos below:
This programme features the children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web by E B White.
Pupils were introduced to this endearing story of true friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a very special spider called Charlotte through a variety of media. Characters and scenes from the novel came alive as pupils engaged in story mapping, choral reading, craft activities (check out the lovely work in the video!), games and dramatisation.
Check out more photos from the programme here.