Aug 18, 2015
Geylang East Public Library
On Tuesday, we met again with the children from Eunos Primary School! This time, they got a chance to further their understanding and skills in poetry and prose.
The Poetry Reading session certainly had their attention, as Dr Myra Garces-Bacsal, blogger and Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, read the book Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts about Peace. The children piped, “Ohhhh” and “That’s so sweet!” throughout the session (which in turn, triggered a series of chuckles from the adults around!).
At the Learning with Poems station, Dr Myra grouped the children into pairs. Th children read poems from Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, and made the words come alive with rhyme and rhythm (person who reads the poem with the most expression wins a prize!).
Glitter, glue and gold marked the Prose Exercises station, as Dr Yeo Wei, an independent researcher, writer and translator, led the children in a craft exercise based on a reading of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. With those colourful self-made pictures, the children are bound to remember the adventures of The Little Prince.
The children also had the opportunity to make a book of their own at the Book Making station. With papers, thread and a needle (and with the supervision of helpful volunteers), the children bound their DIY notebooks with the guidance of Pooja Makhijani, one of the contributors for the blog Sassy Mama.
After a day filled with stories and food, the children headed home with their handmade notebook, beautifully-crafted pictures, and goodie bags.
“Will there be another workshop like this one?” asked one of the children. We sure hope so, little one!