EARLY READ EXPERT SERIES
NLB, in collaboration with ECDA, has rolled out an Expert Series of workshops for parents with children aged 6 and below! The workshops focus on a range of topics intended to support the learning and development of pre-schoolers!
Programmes are free but registration is required. Registration for the workshops can be done at the library eKiosks or www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary.
Check back again after the workshops have ended to download presentation materials and recommended reading lists.
Workshops for January to March 2016
9 January 2016, Saturday
3pm - 4pm
Bishan Public Library, Programme Zone
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Helping Parents Promote Better Behaviours in Young Children
13 February 2016, Saturday
Woodlands Regional Library, Programme Zone
One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behaviour in their children. Whether they're refusing to put on their shoes, refusing to eat their vegetables or throwing full-blown tantrums, you can find yourself at a loss for an effective and appropriate way to respond. This workshop will help you understand the factors contributing to your child's behaviours. From the sharing and discussions on case studies, you can equip yourself with practical tips and techniques to prevent and better manage your child's challenging behaviours.
The speaker, Ms N. Kannigadevi, has over 25 years of experience working with children, including those with special needs, and their families. She holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from Wheelock College, Boston, USA. She is a Signpost Facilitator, and conducts a parenting support course, called "Signposts for Building Better Behaviour". in collaboration with KK Women's and Children's Hospital's Department of Child Development.
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What Makes a Good Picture Book
12 March 2016, Saturday
It is never too early to introduce books into a child's life. Reading promotes early literacy development and supports the relationship between child and parent. But how do we select good picture books for our child? In this workshop, parents will learn to recognise the qualities of a good picture book through the study of illustrations, plot, characters and other elements. They will also be introduced to distinguished picture book authors and award winning picture books. Picture books that help a child connect to new experiences or emotions will also be shared.
The speakers, Raneetha Rajaratnam and Lynn Chua, have over 15 years of experience working with children in the libraries. Raneetha currently leads the overall strategic directions, content development and implementation of nationwide reading initiatives targeted at children and teenagers. Lynn Chua leads in the services targeted at children aged 0-6 years old.
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Raring to Go - Preparing your Child for P1
10 October 2015, Saturday
STELLAR, PAL, FTGP - What's all that? Understand the purpose of schools, common acronyms used and learn how you can support your children as they begin this exciting new phase in their lives! This workshop will help you better understand the programmes primary schools offer and what they intend to achieve. You will also pick up useful tips to support your children as they enter primary school. Before you know it, your children will be looking forward and raring to go!
The speaker, Miss Chiam Lee Meng, Principal of Woodlands Ring Primary School (WRPS), started her journey as a teacher at Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Primary) in 1991. She later became the Head of Department (HOD) for Mathematics and subsequently the HOD for English. She joined the Ministry of Education's Training and Development Branch as a training officer for 3 years and was also the Vice-Principal of Woodlands Primary School before she joined WRPS.
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Raising Media-Wise Children in the Digital Age
14 November 2015, Saturday
Jurong Regional Library, Programme Zone
In this workshop, parents will learn about the ABCs of raising media-wise children: A - Avoid Addiction, B - Build Boundaries, C - Connect to Communicate.
We will discuss practical issues and strategies such as:
What are some of the guidelines and healthy habits that you can develop in your child concerning media usage?
How can you keep your child safe online & help him or her to make wise choices?
How do you assess the kind of online games that your child can play?
Pick up skills to be a media-wise parent in this digital age!
The speaker, Ms Carol Loi, is the Deputy Director of Outreach in Media Development Authority (MDA). The MDA is secretariat to the Media Literacy Council (MLC), which aims to promote an astute and responsible participatory culture through developing public awareness and education programmes relating to media literacy and cyber wellness. Find out more about the MLC at http://www.medialiteracycouncil.sg/
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Supporting Children with Learning Difficulties
5 December 2015, Saturday
All children have the ability to learn. They learn at their own pace and in different ways. When children are not learning in the typical way at pre-school, parents may find it a challenge to teach them. These children are also at risk of social and emotional difficulties due to their learning differences. This workshop helps parents to identify children who are at risk of learning difficulties, apply strategies to support their children in their learning, and provide a supportive environment for their children to become confident learners.
The speaker, Ms Lim Chun Yi, is a senior occupational therapist at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), Department of Child Development. She works with children with developmental needs and their families at the clinic, homes and schools. She is pursuing her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and is the Vice-President of the Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists (SAOT).
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Building Blocks for Successful Mathematical Thinking from the Early Years
11 July 2015, Saturday
Woodlands Regional Library, Level 1, Programme Zone
Has your child developed a firm foundation in number knowledge and basis mathematics skills? Join us and learn how to equip your child with multiple mathematics strategies. You will discover new ways to help your child be more efficient and flexible when dealing with numbers.
The speaker, Ms Peggy Zee, has lectured at many institutions including the National Institute of Education, the Singapore Institute of Management and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Early Mathematics and Language Developement. As a specialist in Early Mathematics, she has trained numerous primary and pre-school teachers.
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Nurturing Early Literacy
15 August 2015, Saturday
Bishan Public Library, Level 2, Programme Zone
"Natasha and I read a story together. She listens to the sounds of the language and turns the pages at the end of each sentence. She loves looking at the pictures."
Early Literacy is closing linked to a child's early experiences with books. Learn how you can help your child explore language through stories, rhymes, and games. This hands-on workshop will explore ways to create a print-rich environment, employ interactive games, and foster positive language experiences for your child's early literacy success!
The speaker, Ms Patricia Koh, started Pat's Schoolhouse Pte Ltd. She is currently Director of Education at Schoolhouse by the Bay, the Regional Vice-President of FasTracKids International in Denver, Colorado, and the Chief Executive and Education Director for MapleBear International Schoolhouse in Singapore. She was previously a Lecturer and Head of the Early Childhood Education Department at the then Institute of Education (now known as NIE).
Optimising Your Infant and Toddler's Brain and Holistic Development
12 September 2015, Saturday
Jurong Regional Library, Level 1, Programme Zone
Research has shown that the first three years are critical for baby's brain development. Early Nurturing experiences and relationships play an important role for both the intellectual and social-emotional growth of a child. Learn how specific social-emotional experiences can affect development, foster well-being and resilience, and build the cognitive abilities that are essential for effective learning. Pick up strategies that you can use to support and optimise your child's early brain development and learning.
The speaker, Ms Puspa Sivan, is a Consultant and Training Specialist (Early Childhood & Special Education). She holds a BSc in Child Development and Early Childhood Education and Masters of Education in Special Education. In her last 23 years of work in Singapore, she has developed and taught teacher training programmes in Early Childhood Education.
How Does Your Child Learn to Hear and Talk
19 September 2015, Saturday
The development of communication skills begins in infancy, long before the emergence of a child's first word. Speech and language problems are likely to have significant impact on a child's emotional, social and academic development. The earlier a child's speech and language difficulty is identified, the more likely that these problems will be resolved.
This talk aims to share with parents the typical speech and language developmental milestones, possible red flags, and methods on interacting with pre-schoolers to develop their speech and language skills.
The speaker, Ms Naomi Wong, is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist at the ENT - Head & Neck Surgery Centre in National University Hospital. Her areas of speciality include Speech & Language therapy services, Intervention for Auditory Processing Disorder as well as Aural rehabilitation across the lifespan. Herr areas of passion also include advocating for the hearing impaired and school-aged children with language impairments.