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The Sky is the Limit: Creative Writing Workshop:

Every kid can write, in a way or another.
Write an alphabet. Write a word. Write a sentence.
To write creatively is totally something else.

When I was still a teacher, I encountered students who did not want to write in their journal book or composition book because they were too afraid to express themselves. Some could write sentences, but they had difficulties making a story out of those sentences.

Some kids are generally reluctant to write because they do not feel they have anything worthwhile to say.

Encouraging children to write a story of their very own can give them an enormous confidence boost, this is true. And the most effective way to do encourage them is most often by doing it subtly – through play or the arts.

Yesterday, my girls had the opportunity to attend “The Sky is the Limit” Writing Workshop with Claudine.

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Claudine teaches literature full time and she also studied arts in education in Harvard! So she is definitely more than qualified, if that’s what you are asking! Hehe.

But most importantly, Claudine has the characteristics that a a teacher teaching Creative Writing should have!

She is:

1. Patient
2. Encouraging
3. Approachable
4. Attentive
5. Fluent
6. Friendly
7. Creative

My girls enjoyed the workshop because it was basically just fun throughout the 1.5 hours.

First, Claudine let them introduce themselves by writing on their name place card.

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Next, they watched a snippet of Monster Inc. before writing down the answers to questions related to what they watched.

 

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Then they had a sharing session and Claudine was always sure to give them praises like “Well done!” or “That’s really creative!”

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Praise the praiseworthy and keep criticism to a minimum indeed. But in Claudine’s case, there was not a single criticism coming from her.

Come on, if we want our kids to love writing then we cannot be quick to criticize them. Being overly critical is most often than not, the quickest way to kill that desire to write or to even try to write.

Claudine used a lot of oral communication to encourage written communication. She talked to the students before encouraging them to write down those ideas in a more organized fashion.

For one of the activities, the students were also asked to think of their most favourite character in the world and describe + draw that character. Anything that involves drawing will definitely get the thumbs up sign from my girls.

But I had to stress to my girls that they did not have to spend so much time on the drawing and just focus more on describing their favourite character.

This is Sharleez’s work.

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For the last activity, they were asked to create their own masked character by painting it.

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After they were done with the painting, they were asked to introduce their masked character by firstly writing about it before talking about it.

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That was the first lesson they had yesterday and it was all good!
For the next lesson, they will be doing even more fun and creative activities related to Creative Writing.

My girls enjoyed the class so much till they asked me,
“Mummy, you mean we can go for the writing class for three times only during the holidays?”

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Not really.

Claudine has her regular writing workshops or classes that she conducts on a weekly basis.

Next year onwards, Claudine will be conducting her writing classes on Saturdays!

For ages 7-9: 10-11.30am
For ages 10-12: 12.30-2pm

Her rates?
$45 per session or $180 per month

Want to find out more?

You can check out Claudine’s website by clicking HERE, HERE OR HERE for more details!

You can also email her at mail@artisticstrategies.com.sg

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Why so FREE?

Usually when you go shopping, you will try the product first before buying and make every purchase value for money, right?

Wouldn’t it be fun if the same thing applied to online shopping as well?

Well, maybe it is possible.

INTRODUCING TO YOU SAMPLE STORE 

 

Sample Store is the first & top tryvertising platform in Singapore that offers FREE samples and FREE membership!

 

WHO DOESN’T LIKE FREEBIES???!!

This is how Sample Store works.

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SEE? EVERYTHING IS FOR FREE ONE!

Registration? FREE

Select samples of your choice? FREE

Delivery? FREE (for the FREE samples only!)

And the best thing is, you get to choose whatever samples you would like to try once you sign up as a member!

 

So I received my samples few days back in this cute packaging!

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Say, I have redeemed all these samples already!

 

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SO MANY!

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LOL.

 

And I am so going to redeem more samples.

Say, I am intending to redeem this.

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And this.

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This one perhaps.


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And maybe this too.

 

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What am I saying?

I CAN REDEEM ALL FOUR AT THE SAME TIME!

 

Yes, that’s right. How Sample Store differentiates itself is the very fact that they allow their members to redeem whatever product they would like to try before delivering the samples to the customers, without any delivery charges! As mentioned earlier, the free delivery is only applicable for FREE samples!

Once you have received the samples, all you need to do is to rate and review the products you have redeemed before you can redeem more free samples in future! Fair enough? And by doing so, other members can study the ratings and reviews which will then give them a better idea on if they should purchase the product or not.

MUMMIES, THEY EVEN HAVE A NEW SAMPLING CATEGORY FOR KIDS!

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YOU CAN REDEEM MUSIC CLASES, KIDS GYM, MATH CLASSES, COOKING CLASSES FOR KIDS, AND MORE!

I was browsing through Sample Store the other day and I chanced upon the free trial baking lessons for kids offered by Genius R Us. Cupcake lesson and cookie lesson, to name a few. So I was thinking, why not redeem that for my girls since the March holidays are here anyway?

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Check this out.

The retail price of the workshop is actually $45, but if you redeem it, your kid will get to enjoy the trial class for free. Only $10 is needed for material fees!

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Here are some of the ratings from other members with regards to the baking classes conducted by Genius R Us.

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Decision making has never been this easy!

TEMPTED ALREADY?

SIGN UP NOW FOR FREE AND BE AMAZED YOURSELF HOW SAMPLE STORE WORKS!

 

Who knows, I might just read your reviews at Sample Store in future before I decide to purchase a particular product.

I will also be going to the Sample Store’s event on 5th April because there will be lots of activities and services provided for the family! And if you are celebrating Easter Day, this is an event you need to attend!

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D’EASTER WONDERLAND:

DATE: 5th April 2015
TIME: 10AM to 6PM
LOCATION: Downtown East D’Marquee

 

AIYOH SO NEAR TO MY PLACE! HOW CONVENIENT! WHY SO SWEET ONE, SAMPLE STORE? 😀

AND NEED YOU ASK?

OF COURSE ADMISSION IS FREE! DUH?

But just some insider info for you here. If you sign up as a Sample Store member now and RSVP to the event, you will get to enjoy more perks.

SIGN UP NOW!

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Little Bu.

Kids, as we know it, are natural imitators. They are so good at it, don’t you think? Whatever we do, they also want to do. Whatever we say, they also want to follow. Whatever we wear, they also want to wear. Can we call them kepochis or not, you think?

NO LA KIDDING ONLY. 

Children at this age become more aware of the fact that they will grow up to be a woman or man. So, they will attempt to follow their parents’ footsteps, and dressing style, for instance. So, as our children’s first teachers, we have to ensure they get the right message. It’s not about looking pretty now (although my girls want to look pretty all the time) but to educate that they do not use the products for the wrong reasons.

Like adults, kids too are exposed to the current trends and fashion icons.

Every girl LOVES putting on the nail polish.

My daughters love them!

But have you ever taken a moment to look at the ingredients of nail polish?

For years, I have turned a blind eye for myself, totally disregarding the ingredients. In fact, I am not even sure what those ingredients are, or what they do.

So when my girls started to want their nails painted every now and then, I had to pause and really study the ingredients.

*GASPS*

Along came Little BU® nail polish, a safe, odourless nail polish that provides a salon quality finish in fashionable colours.

SAY GOODBYE TO NAIL POLISH REMOVERS!

I am serious. With Little BU® nail polish, all your little girl needs to do to remove the nail polish is to wash it off with soap and peel the nail polish off. Yup yup.

THANK YOU BUBBLES OF PARADISE FOR INTRODUCING LITTLE BU® NAIL POLISH TO MY NADYAS! 

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PRETTY COLOURS RIGHT?!

Besides the Little BU® nail polish, Bubbles of Paradise also believes in organic products for your kids!

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And look at their pretty diapercakes full of organic skincare by Dr Robin!

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So anyway, the very friendly and sweet Suzy from Bubbles of Paradise initially challenged me to guess the three nail polish colours which each of my girls will like before revealing to me at a later stage whether or not my choices would match what my girls picked.

So I chose…

Charlotte  (hot pink) for Sharleez.

Riley (red) for Mysha.

Saskia (lilac) for Myreen.

I WAS SO CONFIDENT. 

Suzy then arranged for a meet up with the Nadyas for a complimentary nail care session, and to also find out whether I guessed correctly!

DANG IT. I DID NOT GUESS CORRECTLY LAH. 

(I think I only guessed correctly for Myreen.)

But my girls certainly had fun during the nail care session! Thanks Suzy!

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Want your girls to have their nails painted with Little Bu® NailPolish too?

BubblyGirls Nail Spa by Bubbles of Paradise will be organizing their first workshop for kids! Bond with your little fashionistas in this first ever unique workshop combining fun, learn & play!

YUP, YOUR GIRL GETS TO ENJOY FREE PLAY @ EXPLORERKID INDOOR PLAYGROUND TOO!

Details are as follows!

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HOW TO SIGN UP?

Register via PM for the workshop at the Bubbles of Paradise’s FB Page HERE.

And if you mention ETRANGLE when registering, you will get to enjoy 20% off Little BU® range at the workshop!

Oh, there will be a lucky draw too for all participants and their mummies!

WOW. SO FUN! DEFINITELY A GREAT WAY TO SPEND THE WEEKEND WITH YOUR KIDDOS!

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Drama Queens & Kings.

Speech & Drama is something that all kids should be exposed to.

I repeat, ALL KIDS.

One reason would be because kids are naturally shy, especially when they have to step their feet in new situations or environment. That being said, there are of course kids who are naturally bold and brave too. But being bold and brave is not necessarily good because it can also mean that your child actually suffers from a low self esteem, which you tend to overlook. See, by being loud and bold, it actually helps them to hide what they actually are and end up spending most of their life pretending to be someone else.

THAT’S WHY KIDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO FOR SPEECH & DRAMA, REGARDLESS .

For the upcoming June holidays, why not sign up for….

DRAMA HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES WITH TEACHER YASMEEN COLE?

 

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FOR THE 3 DAYS DRAMA PROGRAMME, KIDS WILL LEARN TO: 

– Think out of the box 

– Improve their social skills 

– Widen their vocabulary 

– Work in groups 

– Think positively. 

– Express themselves freely

Now, Teacher Yas has obtained The College of Teachers Diploma in Educational Enterprise with 3 disciplines- Music & Movement, Phonics & Speech, and Creative Drama. That’s right, she is very experienced in the areas of Speech & Drama. Besides that, she is also an art trainer, script writer, and dance trainer! Wow! We need more teachers like this, everything also she can do!

And the most important thing is, Teach Yas loves working with kids! Just look at how happy the kids who attended her classes were! And how happy Teacher Yas sounded too to be teaching them! Go on, click on the following two videos and just smile!

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I can so imagine my Nadyas enjoying themselves because there will be music, arts & craft, drama and creative writing involved! Teacher Yas, yes my Nadyas will be attending the FUN FANTASY DRAMATIC PROGRAMME FROM 12 TO 14 JUNE 2013! You can never go wrong with princesses and knights. I was told by Teacher Yas that they will create costumes which they will be able to bring home after the session! This, my Nadyas will so love.

AND TEACHER YAS, THEY WILL LOVE TOO. SHE IS SUPER FRIENDLY AND SUPER GORGEOUS TOO! I BET ALL THE KIDS WILL INSTANTLY FALL IN LOVE WITH HER.

 

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(Ya, I forced her to include a picture of herself because well…I said so? #LOL)

Look at her little darling Helena! Super duper gorgeous, just like the mummy!

I am so not going to let the Nadyas just sit at home and do nothing during the holidays. Must occupy their time and keep them so busy with fun activities like Teacher Yas’ Speech & Drama classes.

Yale psychologist Joseph Mahoney once looked at 2,100 5 to 18-year-old kids and concluded that the more time kids spent in organized activities, the better their grades, the higher their self-esteem and the richer their relationships with their parents.

So yeah.

I mean, it’s only $250 a child for 3 days worth of never-ending fun. That’s equivalent to paying only $83 per day! And each daily session is four hours long!

  

 SO WORTH YOUR MONEY, I TELL YOU. 

Teacher Yas assures that the kids will enjoy themselves because she is going make it as fun as possible for all the kids attending! An example of a fun activity will be making sound boxes to make music using home materials, and the learning of basic music beats and rhythm. Teacher Yas will also encourage kids to use lots of their imagination and use anything they see as drama props. Their imagination does not stop the moment the programme ends because they will get to bring home the props and extend their creativity at home!

For example, these cute finger puppets were made for finger playing.
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Teepent tents which Teacher Yas and her students created for Peter Pan role playing.
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Halloween Theme Drama, anyone?
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Dog’s Tale, perhaps?

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Every child is special and every child will think differently. Teacher Yas aims to encourage children to express themselves, and to tell them that it is perfectly okay to be special and different from the rest.

FOR ALL MY BLOG READERS,

ENJOY 10 % DISCOUNT IF YOU SIGN UP FOR 2 CHILDREN OR MORE.

ENJOY 10% DISCOUNT ALSO IF YOU SIGN UP FOR BOTH PROGRAMMES!

 

TO SIGN UP NOW, EMAIL TEACHER YAS AT

YASMEEN.COLE@GMAIL.COM NOW!

 

Light snacks and drinks will be provided too so do not worry okay, your little kiddos will not starve! HEHEHE.

Hope to see you drama mamas (and kids) there! <3

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You’re On Trial.

Hi.

I am sure you must have read all my WowART blog posts this far. I am sure you must have also noticed me WOW-ing about them 24/7.

But what to do? They are really that good, and my Nadyas super enjoy their WowART art classes.

So why not share the goodness with my blog readers?

After all, most of you are just like me too; parents/mummies with small kids. We are forever thinking of enrolling our kids in this class or that class, but sometimes, we do not even know whether this class or that class is worth it, beneficial to the kids, or most importantly, is something that the kids will look forward to attending every single week without a single whine or complain. (Wah. Such a long sentence there.)

And that is why we need trial lessons sometimes, just to reassure ourselves.  

Well, you will be pleased to know that WowART will be offering trial art lessons for only my blog readers at a special price of…

$20 ONLY! 

The original trial lesson is $38, so yup, you SAVE $18 just by being my blog reader! How awesome can life be if you read the right blog at the right timing, right? 😀

So what do you need to do now?

SIMPLE. 

Just tell me in 1000 words why you love my blog that much.

You need to call or email WowART for advanced booking and quote the promo code WOW&ETRANGLE.

HURRY BECAUSE THE OFFER IS ONLY FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2012! 

The fun and cool people at WowART will then share the studio schedules for you to enquire about availability. The trial lessons will take place during their actual weekly lessons. Don’t worry, they have lessons from Wednesdays to Sundays at several timings!

You can choose from these following programs:

1. Art Play – 2.5 to 4 yrs old, (max 8 students per class)

2. Art Alive – 5 to 6 years old, (max 12 students per class)

3. Art Kidz – 7 and above, (max 12 students per class)

Each class is about 1 hr 15 mins long, just for your information. Totally worth the $20 that you will be paying. In fact, even if it’s at the original price of $38, it is still worth it. If your little one has that strong passion for art, don’t let his/her talent remain undiscovered.

Look at Mysha and Myreen, for instance. You may think that they were just drawing or doodling.

But look at the end products which they came up with!

You can’t help but to go “WOW!” right? 😀

Okay let’s go! Don’t waste time. Call WowART now at 63522221 or email them at wowstudio@wow.com.sg to book a trial art lesson for your kid!

Honestly, if you ask me, you do not need the trial lesson in order to find out how awesome WowART is for your kid(s) or how much they will actually enjoy it. Why, you can just sign them up immediately for the weekly art class! I confirm plus chop that it will be worth your money. You can click on THIS WOW POST or THAT WOW POST to read about the Nadyas’ experiences so far with WowART.

But then again, since the trial lesson is now going only at $20 especially for all my blog readers, why not right? And the best thing is, should you decide to sign your child up for the weekly art class after attending the trial lesson, WowART will not even charge you for that trial lesson! Want to know why? The trial lesson will be considered as the first of 12 lessons (terms and condition applies)!

WOW!

So visit WowART at their FB page HERE & give them a good LIKE now for being so generous to my blog readers!

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