Monday, July 04, 2016

Semester 2016B

Hi parents and friends,

Gift of Reading sessions will commence in late July for it's second semester of the year.

Here are the details of our sessions:

Friday sessions:

Date: 29th July 2016 - 30th September 2016 (10 sessions)
                                   Time: 7pm - 8pm
                                   Venue: Blk 184 Yung Sheng Road #01-79

Saturday sessions:

Date: 30th July 2016 - 1st October 2016 (10 sessions)
                                       Time: 2pm - 3pm
                                       Venue: Blk 184 Yung Sheng Road #01-79

Forms will not be given out to schools (LittleWings, Sunflower, Assyakirin Mosque & Myfirstskool) this semester, however, it will be available at Taman Jurong CC main office. Do return the reply slips back to Taman Jurong CC main office, or if not, you can head on down during our session to pass the forms directly back to us.

Alternatively, you can always sign up for our programme via the link below:


If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to email us at giftofreading123@gmail.com



We hope to see you at our sessions soon!


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Semester 2016A

Hi parents and friends,

Gift of Reading sessions will commence in mid February, the week after Chinese New Year.

Here are the details of our sessions:

Friday sessions:
Date: 19th February 2016 - 13th May 2016 (12 sessions)
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Blk 184 Yung Sheng Road #01-79


Saturday sessions:

Date: 20th February 2016 - 14th May 2016 (12 sessions)
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Venue: Blk 184 Yung Sheng Road #01-79

Forms will be given out to schools (LittleWings, Sunflower, Assyakirin Mosque & Myfirstskool) and Taman Jurong CC main office by the end of the week.

Alternatively, you can sign up for our programme via the link below:


If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to email us at giftofreading123@gmail.com


We hope to see you and your child at our sessions!
Have a great week ahead!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

New Semester

Hi parents and friends,

Gift of Reading sessions will commenced in early February.
The details of our sessions are as written below.

Friday sessions:
Date: 6th February 2015 - 15th May 2015 (12 sessions)
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Blk 184 Yung Sheng Road #01-179

Saturday sessions:
Date: 7th February 2015 - 16th May 2015 (12 sessions)
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Venue: Taman Jurong CC (Karaoke Room, Conference Room 2, Dance Studio 1)

Forms will be given out to schools (LittleWings, Sunflower, Assyakirin Mosque) by next week,

We will also place the registration forms at TJCC Main Office.

For more enquiries, please do not hesitate to email us at giftofreading123@gmail.com

We hope to see you and your child at our sessions!

Once again, thank you for all the support that you have given us!

Have a great day!


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Going back to Jurong


Yesterday, we, the ex-Jurong gifters (Natasha, Gregory, Amirin and me), together with Aini, went back to Jurong sec for a recruitment drive. 

So… I met Greg at Jurong Point at supposedly 9 but was late (as usual) so we ended up meeting only at 9:15. We managed to catch 246 and went to Taman Jurong CC to meet the rest and discuss what we were going to say at Jurong. 

At first we didn’t know what to expect or what to do, like we didn’t even know how it was going to be conducted so we assumed it was like "ok we’re going to be in the canteen and we’re just going to interact with people and see if they were interested". 

We then listed down possible questions they might ask and how we’re going to explain what we do to them and all. It was actually quite a challenge to come up with the possible questions as we had to put ourselves in the shoes of who we were going to talk to, as in people who have never stepped into gift before. 

In the midst of answering the possible questions, it made me remember like why I wanted to join gift in the first place and why I’m still here. I think I wasn’t the only one who felt that, like all of us remembered how we started off in gift and ended up who we are today in gift. It was a pretty amazing experience!

When we reached Jurong, the principal then told us she wanted us to cater only to the library students because they didn’t have a lot of programmes and wanted them to join us as one of the programmes (Something along the lines of that I think). She also told us to make ourselves at home, joking with us to get lunch just in case we faint during the talk. 

Sitting in the canteen eating the food we ate for the past 4 years of our lives brought back really fond memories making us wish we were students again. It felt awesome to see our teachers and juniors after so long. 

After lunch, we went up to the library to look for Mdm Yu, as told by the principal. We were like kind of disappointed at first, like we were expecting a bigger audience but we only got 7. Despite such small numbers, we made the best out of it. We went to talk to them like how we planned to, and the people were super super super quiet like omg I didn’t even hear them talk until the last part when  Mdm Yu made them ask us at least one question each. 

We told them how we each started off in gift, how we coped with it with our school life in Jurong, coming from various CCAs and all. It definitely brought back many awesome memories for me. 

(Lijah, Nuovo and Szeying joined us too)

As we were sharing our personal experiences with them, although they don’t talk much, but we could see them going like wow, and that some of them were pretty interested to join us. Oh oh! And we also came up with an impromptu demonstration of a big book dramatization and Aini did us the honour of reading us a small book. 

We really hope to see them in sessions in the future. 

To summarize, it was altogether a really good day, definitely worth waking up at 7 in the morning for!

-Sheryl-

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Taman Jurong School Assistance Scheme


On 9th March 2014, we gifters were invited down to the Taman Jurong Assistance Scheme held in Yuan Ching Secondary School! So what were we doing there? Well we were there to conduct a 45-minute session for the award recipients there. It was a great experience for me! Honestly it was a little intimidating thinking that we had to conduct a session for a bunch of children we weren’t familiar with, but we were all ready for the challenge!

So on that Sunday where the sun shone and the birds chirped, I ran down the steps of the auditorium all jumpy and full of sparkle to greet the children! I was really really really nervous actually. Not only were we conducting a session with a bunch of unfamiliar faces, their parents were also there and we had a big age gap of 4-12. Actually I was pretty stressed out seeing all the parents looking at us. I’m pretty sure that when I looked up to all the families I got a little stunned. But with the other volunteers in my group standing beside me and supporting one another, I didn’t feel so nervous anymore. I also got courage as I saw a few of our very own children smiling to us!!! In fact, during the sessions itself, I think we got a little carried away and Aini said we were crazily loud haha!!


 We had to conduct 2 sessions in total, and I really had fun for both of them, and I thought the all of us did really well. We did experience some slight problems like last minute changes to our time plan and activities, but we were able to think on the spot, out of the box and I liked how we were able to cooperate and work together to make the sessions fun and engaging for the children. We were also able to accommodate to the large age gap rather well!! We had so much fun jumping around, singing songs and doing craft activities like making windmills!! By the end of the 2 sessions, I was drenched in sweat even though I was in an air-conditioned room the whole time. You don’t need to do sports to get exercise; being in a room with a bunch of enthusiastic children is good enough, and its actually more fun for me at least heh!


 

 One of the highlights was actually after the sessions itself. Since we had a bunch of pretty windmills left, Hayati and I got a little inspiration and we decided to spread some joy by giving a whole bunch of windmills out to children we saw around the school! We really had fun giving them out and dancing to music at the same time before heading back to the auditorium to join the rest of the volunteers before heading for lunch.

The most memorable part of this event was definitely when I saw a few familiar faces coming up to me and excitedly telling me how they recognize me and see me during our gift sessions at TJCC. Although its just a simple acknowledgment from them, it really touched me when our children come up to us volunteers and say they know who we are, it makes me feel that we have made an impact on them through our sessions, and its great to know they’re having fun every Friday and Saturday with us!!

As a whole, I didn’t regret waking up on an early Sunday morning for this. It was a great morning with the children and of course the gift family! I’m so glad I came for this and it was a great way to spend time with the people you love and such a joy to watch the children have fun!!
Xoxo Nat

Sunday, January 06, 2013

2013 Semester 1 Plans

Hi everyone,

I hope that all of you are well and healthy, enjoying the start of another brand new year ahead. As discussed and confirmed by you guys, our new semester will be starting very soon. The details to the new semester session is as followed:

Friday Sessions:
Start: 25th January 2013
End: 26th April 2013
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday Sessions:
Start: 26th January 2013
End: 27th April 2013
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

We will be having 12 sessions this semester, with a total of 6 groups in total (3 on Friday, 3 on Saturday). We have decided to have 2 themes only this time round: Plants and Superheroes. The Plants lesson plans have already been discussed and finalized, but do take note that this is just a brief one. You don't have to exacly follow the lesson plan by the book. Impromptus are always most definitely welcome. The pedagogy has been made as according to the 6 individual groups. So do take note of the activity before heading for sessions.

Friday: Blueberry (3-4 yrs old)
Week:
Plan:
Remarks:
1 (Introduction)
1.       Attendance & Name Tags
2.       Games (Warm-up)
3.       Teaching of Hello Song
4.       Introduction to Gift
5.       Toilet break
6.       Big Book - Because of a sneeze
7.       Teaching of Goodbye Song
8.       Dismissal
·         Games (Eg: Magic Rock, London Bridge, Hokey Pokey)
·         Lyrics for Hello & Goodbye Song
2 (Plants: Week1)
1.       Introduction to Plants – Jigsaw of Plant parts (Watermelon Plant)
2.       Bean Stalk song
3.       Big Book – Enormous Watermelon
4.       Toilet Break
5.       Activity: Colouring
6.       Dismissal
·         Jigsaw puzzle of Plant parts
·         Lyrics for Bean
Stalk song
·         Activity: Colouring pages of leaves, flowers, watermelon
3 (Plants: Week2)
1.       Singing (Beanstalk Song) & decorating
2.       Games
3.       Toilet break
4.       Small book
5.       Seed Song
6.       Dismissal
·         Decorating materials: Tape, raffia string, coloured paper
·         Games: Hunter, fire, earthquake
·         Seed song lyrics
4 (Plants: Week3)
1.       Seed Song (Recap)
2.       Big Book – Jack and the Beanstalk
3.       Toilet break
4.       Activity: Beans Shaker
5.       Songs
6.       Dismissal
·         Jack and the Beanstalk storyline
·         Activity: Green bean ??
5 (Plants: Week4)
1.       Songs
2.       Games
3.       Activity: Scrapbook (leaves)
4.       Toilet Break
5.       Small Book
6.       Dismissal
·         Activity: Scrapbook, dried leaves ??
6 (Plants: Week5)
1.       Songs
2.       Games
3.       The giving tree
4.       Activity: Mosaic (paste colour paper)
·         Activity: Coloured paper

Friday: Apple (5 yrs old)

Week:
Plan:
Remarks:
1 (Introduction)
1.       Attendance (5mins)
2.       Introduction (10min)
3.       Teach Hello Song (10mins)
4.       Games (15mins)
5.       Toilet break (5mins)
6.    Teach Goodbye Song (10mins)

·       Introduction: To first session, to the theme of plants, to teachers
·      Games: Duck duck goose, magic rock
·        Logistic: Mahjong paper, Name tags, Markers

2 (Plants: Week1)
1.       Attendance (5mins)
2.       Hello Song & Recap of theme ‘Plants’(10mins)
3.       Teaching of Seed Song (10mins)
4.       Toilet break (5mins)
5.       Big Book – Seed Song (15mins)
6.    Activity: Seed in a cup & Goodbye song (10mins)

·       Recap of theme: Using plant pictures & decorations around the room
·        Logistics: Mahjong paper, Marker, Vanguard Sheet, Cups, Green beans, cotton wool, picture of plants and leaves
·       Activity: Remind parents to water seeds



3 (Plants: Week2)
1.       Attendance (5mins)
2.       Activity: Scrapbook & decorate (20mins)
3.       Toilet break (5mins)
4.       Games (10mins)
5.       Small Book (15mins)
Goodbye song (10mins)
·       Activity: Decorate front cover of scrapbook
·       Logistics: Colour pencil, markers, Scrapbook



Friday: Pear (6-7 yrs old)

Week:
Plan:
Remarks:
1 (Introduction)
1.       Introduce self
2.       Teach Hello Song
3.       Introduction to theme: (Plants)?
4.       Big Book Reading –Jack and the Beanstalk
5.       Dismissed
·         Logistics: Mahjong Paper, Markers, Tape
2 (Plants: Week1)
1.       Hello Song
2.       Recap Songs
3.       Rules
4.       Activity: Colouring
5.       Teach Seed Song
6.       Dismissed
·         Logistics: Lyrics sheet, Colour pencil, A4 paper with plants/flowers template, Mahjong papers, Markers
3 (Plants: Week2)
1.       Hello Song
2.       Recap Seed Song
3.       Small Book Reading
4.       Toilet Break
5.       Games
6.       Activity – Scrapbook
·         Games: Hunter, Fire, Squirrel
·         Activity: Decorate front cover to personalize
·         Logistics: Scrapbook, Colour pencils

 Saturday: Grapes (3-4 yrs old)

Week:
Plan:
Remarks:
1 (Introduction)
1.       Hello Song & Settle Down
2.       Introduction
3.       Toilet Break
4.       Big Book reading – Enormous Watermelon
5.       Goodbye Song
6.       Snacks
7.       Dismissed
·         Introduction: Teachers, Games(Duck-Duck-Goose), Sit-down Talking (Favorite food)
·         Logistics: Lyrics sheet, Snacks
2 (Plants: Week1)
1.       Hello Song & Fishes Song
2.       Activity: Introduction to Plant theme
3.       Toilet Break
4.       Big Book Reading – Enormous Watermelon
5.       Goodbye Song
6.       Snacks
7.       Dismissed
·         Activity: Plant showing activity (Ask about different parts of plants through picture/template), Plant song
·         Big Book Reading: Get the children to act part of the book
·         Logistics: 10 different plant pictures, Beanstalk song lyrics, Snacks
3 (Plants: Week2)
1.       Hello Song & Beanstalk Song recap
2.       Games
3.       Toilet break
4.       Small Book reading
5.       Teach Seed Song
6.       Snacks
7.       Dismissed
·         Games: Hunter-Fire-Earthquake
·         Logistics: Beanstalk song & Seed song lyrics, Snacks
4 (Plants: Week3)
1.       Songs recap
2.       Activity: Bean Shaker making
3.       Games
4.       Toilet break
5.       Big Book Reading – Jack and the beanstalk
6.       Goodbye Songs
7.        Snacks
8.       Dismissed
·         Activity: Bean Shaker Making & Sing-along with shaker
·         Games: Simon Says
·         Big Book Reading – Dramatization
·         Logistics: ?
 
5 (Plants: Week4)
1.       Hello Song & Mr. Sun Song
2.       Small Book Reading
3.       Toilet Break
4.       Activity
5.       Snacks
6.       Dismissed
·         Activity: Mosaic Art
·         Logictics:

Saturday: Orange (5 yrs old)
Week:
Plan:
Remarks:
1 (Introduction)
1.       Gather children
2.       Introduction
3.       Songs
4.       Toilet break
5.       Games
6.       Big Book Reading (Games)
7.       Dismissal
·         Logistics: Song lyrics, Big book, Rules, Mahjong paper, Snacks
2 (Plants: Week1)
1.       Hello songs & Games
2.       Introduction to Plants
3.       Activity: Plants Jigsaw
4.       Toilet Break
5.       Big Book Reading – Enormous Watermelon
6.       Games
7.       Dismissal
·         Logistics: Mahjong paper, Enormous Watermelon book, Plants parts drawing, Snacks
3 (Plants: Week2)
1.       Hello songs & Games
2.       Small Book Reading
3.       Toilet Break
4.       Activity: Mask Making (Flower)
5.       Snacks
6.       Dismissal
·         Logistics: Small Books, Mask, Printed template of Flower, Colour pencils, Glue, Strings
4 (Plants: Week3)
1.       Hello song & Games
2.       Big Book Reading – Enormous Watermelon
3.       Toilet Break
4.       Activity: Shading over leaves
5.       Snacks & Songs
6.       Dismissal
·         Logistics: ?

Saturday: Banana (6-7 yrs old)
Week:
Plan:
Remarks:
1 (Introduction)
1.       Ice Breakers
2.       Introduction to songs
3.       Toilet break
4.       Big Book Reading
5.       Activity: Related to Big Book
6.       Goodbye Song
7.       Dismissed
·         Songs: Hello Song, Fish Song, Wheels on the bus, Hokey Pokey
·         Logistics: Song Lyrics, Big Books, Snacks
2 (Plants: Week1)
1.       Hello Song
2.       Introduction to Plants
3.       Activity: Drawing in scrapbook
4.       Toilet Break
5.       Big Book Reading – Jack and the Beanstalk
6.       Goodbye Song
7.       Dismissed
·         Introduction to Plants: Bring the children on a “journey” to the decorations on the walls
·         Logistics: Pictures of plants, Scrapbook, Jack and the bean stalk book, snacks
 
3 (Plants: Week2)
1.       Hello Song
2.       Recap on Jack and the Beanstalk
3.       Introduction to Beanstalk song
4.       Life cycle of real beans & story
5.       Toilet break
6.       Activity: Growing of beans
7.       Goodbye song
8.       Dismissed
·         Activity: To decorate cup before placing in beans
·         Logistics: Beanstalk song lyrics, Grown beans (Day 0,2,4,6,8,10), Green beans, Styrofoam cups, Cotton pads, life cycle of beans story, Snacks, colouring materials
4 (Plants: Week3)
1.       Hello song
2.       Seed Song & Story
3.       Toilet break
4.       Life cycle mix & match
5.       Games
6.       Goodbye song
7.       Dismissed
·         Logistics: Song lyrics, Mix and match (printed papers), Snacks
5 (Plants: Week4)
1.       Hello Song
2.       Small Book reading
3.       Toilet break
4.       Activity: Colouring
5.       Goodbye song
6.       Dismissed
·         Logistics: Small books, Colouring papers, colouring materials, Snacks
6 (Plants: Week5)
1.       Hello Song
2.       Small Book Reading
3.       Toilet Break
4.       Activity: Scrapbook
5.       Goodbye song
6.       Dismissed
·         Activity: Decorate Scrapbook with leaves and beans
·         Logistics: Small books, Colouring materials, Dried leaves, Beans, Snacks

Volunteers groupings have already been settled. It will be released soon. Hope to see you guys during the next callback, which fall on the coming Saturday, 12th January at 10am. 
 
Have a great weekend and enjoy school, Gifters!
 
Lots of love,
Aini