We spent the beginning of the school holidays dancing, singing, leaping and crafting at a new learning centre – BlueTree Education. This is the brainchild of a fellow SMB Mommy – Elizabeth. Though we barely met in person, she kindly extended an invite for Xi En to attend the “5 Days of Christmas” Special Speech & Drama + Craft & Tell Christmas Programme.
All I can say is – I am thankful for her invite and the 2 other lovely teachers (Mabel and Diana) for their patience, creativity and generosity towards the little ones.
This isn’t your usual run-of-the-mill enrichment programmes but one which aim to bring out creativity in young children with a focus on speech/drama and craft. The theme is nicely tied in with the upcoming Christmas Holiday and we met many characters over the 5-day programme. There is Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer, The Little Christmas Elf, The Littlest Christmas Tree and of course Santa Claus!
Here’s what happened at the newly opened Balmoral Plaza centre:
Teacher Mabel and Elizabeth start with animated story telling about the character of the day coupled with encouraging the children to imagine and imitate the characters/scenes/actions.
We had them freezing, rolling (Roly-poly), hammering, sewing, pretending to grow from littlest to tallest trees and lots more!
I liked it that the “dramatic” part is enhanced by little 3D simple crafts. From just 2 pieces of cut-paper, you can assemble a 3D Christmas tree and/or a snowman!
After a quick snack time, the children joined Teacher Diana in her Craft and Tell segment. Here she taught them lovely crafts which reinforced the theme for the day. For a non-crafting Mommy, this is simply amazing! I am lousy with making intricate handicraft and mostly at a loss of how to plan crafting. So this is just so great that someone else planned all that! 🙂
Diana is really nifty with her hands and prepared well ahead of the lessons. She is also an excellent face painter!
My favourite has got to be the making of the snow globes! There is just something mesmerizing about the “falling snow” .
Besides crafting, Diana also planned a short segment about “telling”. Sharing with the children stories behind the craft-of-the-day and even enacting a short act with them!
Last but not least, the children had a BIG treat on the last day with a special visit from Santa – the “old man” himself!! Ho Ho Ho!!!
Thank you BlueTree Education for an entertaining and enriching program! You had Xi En in a withdrawal mode when it all ended! He kept asking what happened to his Bluetree “lessons”! Well done teachers! 🙂
BlueTree has a variety of regular and special programmes tailored for pre-primary and primary schoolers. Established by ex-MOE teachers, they are passionate about educating, teaching and learning. Their curriculum endeavours to bring out creative and critical thinking in children above academic excellence.
For more details on BlueTree Education Learning Centre, do visit their website here. The above special Christmas program had ended but do check out another creative Primary 1 Prep Workshop which is happening next week!
For the regular programmes, do let BlueTree know where you heard about them to enjoy a special discount off the usual price. 🙂
N.B: We were kindly invited for a media preview of BlueTree Education Learning Centre’s special Christmas program. No further compensation was received. All opinions and photos are writer’s own. Oh – we did take home the craft works and they are proudly displayed if you come by my place. 🙂