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  Kids Can Write Newsletter brought to you by Janus Education and Experiences & Experiments  
 
Catherine says Hello


Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education
,


In a blink of an eye, the first month of the year has passed us by. With the long weekend just around the corner, it is a welcome breather from January’s hustle and bustle.

We’ve been busy this month with developing our holiday programmes, beefing up our regular Creative Writing programmes and coordinating the 2nd YAA social responsibility project for our young authors. Read on to find out what we’ve accomplished in January.

From everyone at Janus Education and Experiences & Experiments, enjoy the festive season and Gong Xi Fa Cai!

~ Catherine Khoo

Young Authors write for the I Care & Share (ICAS) Journal

Bright and early on 22 January, 20 young authors made their way to the ICAS writing workshop held at Singapore Council of Women Organisations’ Training Room. On a mission to create a journal to inspire other youths, the young authors focused on topics close to their hearts: Family, Friends, School, Community and Gaming.

Mr. Ellison from Project Dignity teach YAA finalists how to sign.Through this “by students for students” project, they hope to raise awareness of social issues including addiction to video games and the internet. As part of their outreach to the community through their writing talents, the proceeds of the journal (less production costs) will be donated to the underprivileged, needy and socially disadvantaged in our society through the Lend a Helping Hand Fund administered by Central CDC.

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Young Author Club (January) Session

The YAC Session had them at the edges of their seats.
During January’s session of YAC, we looked at Vocabulary! Not only did we discuss descriptive vocabulary (words to make you see) and emotive vocabulary (words to make you feel), we also had a chance to play some games to help us describe objects and even shared stories written by our young authors! Special mention goes out to Abigail for her hilarious story about lazy Rosy learning to work hard; also to Izzah, Zakirah and Min Jing for sharing their stories with the rest of the club!



Next month, we’ll be looking at the beginnings of Character Construction, so come armed with a paragraph or two describing characters you want in your own stories and we’ll see you on the 25th of February! The session will be held from 4 -5.30pm at the Everest Room (Level 4), Woodlands Regional Library. RSVP to
books@catherinekhoo.sg!


Facts about the ICAS Journal
Sofia, from Janus Education and Mr. Norjumanese, from Project Dignity, teach YAA finalists how to read Braille.


The ICAS Journal will be launched in the first week of March during MDA’s Media Fiesta Week.  With mentor notes, writing tips and inspirational quotes, advice and pictures, the journal encourages students to write and will be available for purchase at $6 each.


Over a period of 6 months, the journal will present students with a new topic every week. Once the journals are completed in October, the best entries submitted to Janus Education will be selected and compiled into a book; tentatively entitled “The Best of the Best – I Care & Share Journal”.





Programmes For 2011

“Programmes such as the Young Digital Storyteller Scheme (YoDS) and the Young Author Scheme (YAS) seek to accomplish these goals by giving students an avenue for expression and a platform to showcase their capability. They start off with confidence-building before moving on to an affirmation of the student’s talents and finally, to the application of skills learnt to make a story. These are things which MOE strongly supports.” -- Mr. Jimmy Tan, Deputy Director (School Appraisal), Ministry of Education at the Young Creatives! Forum 2010

Janus Education’s motto of Breaking Boundaries in Education is about empowering the learner. Combining the best of traditional methods with recent approaches, Janus Education concentrates on a need-basis module for effective education. Every activity is designed to involve the student, making learning fun and above all, to stay with the student long after the course is finished.

Aspiring Writers & Illustrators Scheme (AWIS)

AWIS

Perfect for the writer who loves to doodle, AWIS gives seven- and eight-year-olds the opportunity to marry the two mediums into a specially-designed compilation of stories. Research in early childhood development has indicated that visual senses are acute at this age. Engage your child in a journey to discover the creative writer in him. This highly interactive programme also serves as an intensive introduction to composition writing.

Fees: $680 for 2 hrs x 8 sessions
Dates: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 March from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Young Prodigy, 500 HDB Hub, Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #04-40/41, Singapore 310500


Young Author Scheme (Primary 3 – Sec 3)

YAS

It was sheer coincidence that I chanced upon a copy of the Young Authors' Club story book at the bookstore and found it interesting. It then dawned on me that I could be just like one of those budding young authors. I was truly inspired.”
-- Caleb Tay, 12 years old


Do your child’s eyes brim in delight when given a chance to tell a story? Let veteran author, Catherine Khoo, guide your child in crafting an original story of 3,000 words and more. Students learn about story modelling, characterisation and plot development in this journey to your child’s very first masterpiece! For Primary 3 – 6 students.

Fees: $880 for 8 sessions (Former Young Author Scheme graduates: pay only $350.)
Dates: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 March from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Young Prodigy, 500 HDB Hub, Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #04-40/41, Singapore 310500




To register for the workshop, please fill in this registration form and contact Nanette at 6336 8985/6336 0832 today!
 
 
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