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BASIC Student Care Centre (Cheng San) goes on a fairytale excursion

“Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman,” the 33 kids from BASIC Student Care Centre (Cheng San) under AMKFSC chorused. They joined professional storyteller Jack, from London, in the retelling of the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk at the Singapore Philatelic Museum on August 8, 2017 (Tuesday).

When they first entered the museum, the enthusiastic children thought they were going on a museum tour and learning about stamps. They were in for a big surprise, when Laura, a staff at the museum, rounded them up in the main activity area, where Jack was waiting.

Initially, the children were shy as they listened to Jack’s instructions carefully. The storyteller then got them to warm up through various exercises, such as getting the children to stop, move and clap when he told them to, and answered questions related to Jack and the Beanstalk.

The children also had the opportunity to act out several scenes from the story. For example, they were broken up in pairs to play Jack and his mother. Jack encouraged the children to be creative and imaginative, instructing the children to come up with their own dialogues. The children also got to imagine and describe what the Giant in each of their stories looked like.

When the story-retelling ended an hour later, the children trudged into an activity room, where they got to write postcards to their family and friends. These postcards would then be mailed to BASIC Student Care Centre (Cheng San), where they would be distributed back to the children.

Thank you very much to the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Philatelic Museum for such an enriching afternoon!

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Tags: 2017