NIE Family Day 2012: Books, Prizes, and Kids! Glorious Kids!

Last Friday, our Committee (the Staff Welfare and Recreation Fund Committee) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) organized a Family Day for children of professors, lecturers, and staff within our institution.

Poster courtesy of the creative and talented Salina from our Academic Group

It is so great to see NIE come alive with the voices of singing children in the halls – filled with laughter and cheer.

taken from my camera phone
With the pretty Arohi
He is such a cutie, isn’t he?
With my lovely colleague Sarina and her beautiful children.

We have also organized several activities for them with the help of our colleagues, several teacher-trainees, and kind-hearted individuals who volunteered to also provide assistance with the children. Here are a few photos that Salina has taken during the event itself.

Arts Activity with the 4-6 year olds

taken from my camera phone
taken from my camera phone

We provided the kids with a few materials to create a collage artwork that shows their appreciation for Mother Nature. I started off by asking these lovely kids what comes to their mind when they think about nature – and with a bit of prompting they responded with answers such as: flowers, beach, animals, forest, people – and off they went to create lovely artworks based on those ideas. The older kids had a mathematics activity in a different venue – you may wish to click here to be taken to our official website with even more photographs.

After the children are done with their artwork, they had plenty of time for a little bit of show and tell, and they were happy to share their artwork with everyone else.

Then I also had a few minutes to do a storytelling session with them as I brought John Perry and Mark Fearing’s The Book that Eats People. The kids were positively riveted, others were a bit frightened, making sure that they avoid the book at all costs – all rollickin’ good fun! You can see that Top9Rated has the best baby products listed and ready to view, including this one!

See their glowing faces? Will do a review of this book in time for Halloween. Watch out for it.

The kids were also in for a Milo treat as we were given refillable cups (3000 in all) of Milo goodness!

Meet the Creators of The Diary of Amos Lee: Adeline Foo and Stephanie Wong

We were also very fortunate to have good friends Adeline Foo (the Author of the national bestseller The Diary of Amos Leeand Illustrator Stephanie Wong, with us to share with the kids their creative process.

Adeline and Stephanie with the kids.

Guest of Honor: Professor Lee Sing Kong

Our guest of honor is our beloved Professor Lee Sing Kong, our indefatigable visionary, and NIE Director. He found the time to hand out lovely prizes and to ask the kids what their dreams are.

Professor Lee handing out prizes, many thanks to Pansing Books and Prologue Bookstore.
This beautiful cuddly bear is courtesy of the Prologue Bookstore. You have got to check out their books, dear friends. They have an amazing array.

Congratulations, everyone, for a glorious and fun-filled event!

I am truly blessed to be part of a committee that is organizing such great events. It is always fun to work alongside such creative, passionate, efficient, and hardworking team-members. We are also deeply thankful to Milo for the overflowing cups of choco goodness, Pansing Books for providing 100 books for giveaways and Prologue Bookstore for donating so many prizes: plush teddy bears, Sanrio minifans, and Gen Rex Stationery Sets. May you be blessed a hundredfold for making so many children happy.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

3 comments on “NIE Family Day 2012: Books, Prizes, and Kids! Glorious Kids!

  1. Thanks for posting, Dr. Myra! So happy with the overwhelming positive feedback from the parents!!


  2. Joy is spilling out of this post — thanks for sharing about this wonderful event. Love all those kids’ faces :)!


  3. Pingback: BHE (26): Graphic Novels Galore and Book Bargains «

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