Becoming Brainy with Bedtime Stories! (CANCELLED)

Reading bedtime stories to young children is a traditional ritual passed down for generations.  Besides being useful for parent-child bonding, latest neurological research has shown that this activity is also critical to brain development, including critical and inventive thinking. The latter is one of the necessary skills identified by the Ministry of Education under their 21st Century Competencies Framework.  In today’s age of smart phones and tablets, how then can parents capture the creative imagination of their child and maximise their brain development through using traditional bedtime stories?  This interactive seminar will share playful ways, innovative ideas and useful tips for parents to unleash the brainy benefits of bedtime stories, while having loads of fun together with their children.

Event venue: Blue Room
Cancelled Flag: Yes
Event price: FREE
Event start date: 2015-04-03 03:00
Event end date: 2015-04-03 04:00
Custom Event Date(s): 3 ARP 2015, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 11AM - 12PM
Presenters(s):
  • ANGELINE TONG
Presenter information:

About HandsonLearning Strategies LLP

Ms Angeline Tong is the Head of Content and Evaluation at HandsonLearning, an established education consultancy specialising in content development that nurtures creative imagination, character and values.  A veteran in education, Angeline has vast experience working with educational institutions and parents both in Singapore and the United States to develop curriculum, create educational materials, consulting with parents and educational institutions, and conducting both teacher and student training.  Angeline holds a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she specialised in applying developmental psychology and cognitive sciences to maximise learning potential. She is currently consultant to many government agencies and a proud mother of a cheeky toddler. n. tives of short stories from an Ethos collection, followed by a sing-along to classical Cantonese opera tunes in English and Cantonese lyrics.

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Thistle Bindery Workshops 2017: Single Section Case Binding

Fancy making your very own hardbound covered notebook, as stationery or as a gift? Take this chance to pick up useful and traditional bookbinding skills in this single section case-binding workshop for beginners! 

In this series of workshops, learn to:

- Decorate a cover board with Japanese Chiyogami papers
- Sew papers together using a firm pamphlet stitch to create a text block
- Encase the text block with your unique cover

Event venue: Council Room
Buy Link: https://lessonsgowhere.com.sg/bookbinding-classes/single-section-case-binding#.WEFm1ZLe9nE
Event price: $40
Event duration:

2 hrs

Event start date: 2017-01-08 03:00
Event end date: 2017-01-08 05:00
Custom Event Date(s): 7 JAN 2017, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 11AM
Additional information:

Please note the following for all workshops:

- The fee includes journal paper, leather cover and other materials to bind one book and the usage of bookbinding tools during the workshop.
- The workshop will commence on time. Please arrive 10 minutes earlier to browse through our sample books and explore our collection of books related to bookbinding and book arts.
- A selection of bookbinding materials and tools are available. Only cash will be accepted. Bring a little more to purchase useful materials and tools for your own practice.

Presenter information:

ABOUT THE THISTLE BINDERY & CO.

The Thistle Bindery & Co. was established in 2016 as the first physical store for art practice, The Thistle Bindery. It brings together bookbinders, conservators and crafters who dabble in and enjoy sharing their passion for all things book-related.

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Storytelling through Found Objects

Recommended for:
  • professional and aspiring storytellers
  • teachers and educators
  • anyone who is looking for a platform for community dialogue

All arts are brothers, each is a light to the other.

We use stories when we recount our day, tell a joke or describe a new friend, but sometimes, professional or not, it can be daunting to tell to an audience.

A story tells the teller. You are part of the audience. Participation, letting children or adults enact bits of the story, breaks down the fourth wall so carefully erected in theatre, releasing humour and humanity. It is a chance for the unexpected, keeping each telling playful and unique. Preparing props can be a great panacea for nerves and also refreshes a story you have told a thousand times.

The workshop will explore participation in all types of story; call and response moments, rhythmic cumulative stories, dressing up in folktales and epics. There will be a chance to use found objects to meditate on a story you love, to see it from a new angle.

Event venue: Living Room
Buy Link: http://storyfest2017-xanthegresham-workshop.peatix.com/
Event price: $20
Event CTA:
  • VIEW THE FESTIVAL BOOKLET, images/programmes/storyfest/2017/storyfest-2017.pdf, Y
Event duration:

1 hr 30 mins

Event start date: 2017-06-02 08:30
Event end date: 2017-06-02 10:00
Custom Event Date(s): 2 JUN 2017, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 4:30PM
Additional information:

*Suitable for adult participants 16 years and above

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Storytelling for Emotional Literacy

Recommended for:

  • Art therapists/social workers/counsellors/mental health professionals
  • Teachers and educators
  • Anyone who is looking for a platform for community dialogue
  • Those working with children and young people in diverse settings


This workshop will explore how stories and storytelling are a safe and playful way for children and young people to learn about the complex world of both positive and negative emotions. 

Clinical Psychologist and Storyteller, Steve Killick, draws upon ideas from attachment theory, emotional intelligence and positive psychology. The workshop will guide participants to gain confidence in telling stories and create a safe space to explore and reflect on feelings. Steve will explore the process of telling stories and how they can be powerful in engaging children and young people of all ages to develop trust and imagination. 

Stories, particularly traditional stories, offer multiple levels of meaning to be explored through metaphor and individual and cultural values. Storytelling is seen as an interactive process that allows for shared reflection and learning. 

This workshop is ideal for those new to storytelling or looking to improve their confidence. It offers the opportunity to think about how stories are able to communicate on multiple levels of meaning and are particularly rich for exploring emotions – not all stories have happy endings and stories help us to understand difficult emotions such as loss, fear and anger by creating a safe environment through the interpersonal relationship and narrative structure.

Steve Killick is a Clinical Psychologist and Storyteller who has been using stories in education and therapeutic settings for 20 years. He is currently storyteller-in-residence for the Storytelling in Health International Conference taking place in Swansea, UK in June 2017. He leads a series of workshops to help foster carers use storytelling to build relationships and aid emotional and cognitive skills development.

Event venue: Blue Room
Buy Link: http://storyfest2017-stevekillick-workshop.peatix.com/
Event price: $150
Event CTA:
  • VIEW THE FESTIVAL BOOKLET, images/programmes/storyfest/2017/storyfest-2017.pdf, Y
Event duration:

6 hr

Event start date: 2017-06-02 02:00
Event end date: 2017-06-02 08:00
Custom Event Date(s): 2 JUN 2017, FRI
Custom Event Time(s): 10AM
Additional information:

Suitable for adult participants 16 years and above
* 1 hour lunch intermission

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Playback Theatre

Recommended for:
  • Those working in community development or social service sector
  • Those interested in community theatre
  • Anyone who is looking for a platform for community dialogue
  • social workers/counsellors/mental health professionals who are looking for a therapeutic theatre form

This workshop is a chance for newcomers to dip those toes into the world of Playback Theatre! 

Participants can expect to enter a safe and welcoming (and fun!) space for every single one of us. We will affirm one another in our individuality, and find connection through our commonalities. 

Playback is an improvisational theatre. Using elements of physical movement, cloth, music, and spoken word, we spontaneously enact stories shared by the audience. It is practiced in 60 countries, and has been used for community bonding, community dialogue, rehabilitation, conflict resolution and reconciliation, education and more. 

Participants will play with basic forms used in Playback Theatre, and also experience the playback process where personal stories are shared and enacted spontaneously. Finally, they will explore how these stories reflect the current concerns of the community, and how the process is therapeutic, and can lead to personal and social change.

 “absolutely brilliant in his ability to convey knowledge and his lively spirit is great” 
– Katy Harris, Children’s Behaviour Therapist

“Michael has a strong sense of presence (when he speaks, others would listen) and experience in Playback Theatre. As an instructor, his facilitation style has clarity, depth and good impart of knowledge.”
– Elfarina Zaid, Professional Coach

“This workshop helped me to see theatre as beyond a medium of expression. I came here to find a creative voice for myself but I wasn’t prepared to see a new kind of theatre that can affect social change.”
– Anjali Vasudevan, Homeopath

Event venue: Living Room
Buy Link: http://storyfest2017-michaelcheng-workshop.peatix.com/
Event price: $25
Event CTA:
  • VIEW THE FESTIVAL BOOKLET, images/programmes/storyfest/2017/storyfest-2017.pdf, Y
Event duration:

2 hr 30 mins

Event start date: 2017-06-03 06:00
Event end date: 2017-06-03 08:30
Custom Event Date(s): 3 JUN 2017, SAT
Custom Event Time(s): 2PM
Additional information:

*Suitable for adult participants 16 years and above

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