The AFCC Teachers & Parents Forum provides teachers, educators and parents with the skills and knowledge to impart early literacy, and a love for books, writing and reading.

It also offers parents, teachers, and other related professionals the opportunity to get support, information and advice on nurturing early learning and bilingualism at home.

The full programme details and schedule for the Teachers & Parents Forum will be available by mid-June.

Some of the highlights include:

Books for the Feet

Derin Övgü Ögün, Ilgim Veryeri Alaca

Bring the book from the heads to shoulders, knees and toes! In this session, Derin Övgü Öğün and Ilgim Veryeri Alaca show participants how they can gain a greater appreciation of the surrounding space by incorporating their own senses into the reading experience.

Embracing Reader’s Theatre for Holistic Education

Kiren Kaur d/o RATAN SINGH, Donna Lim

A language teaching strategy particularly effective with child learners, Reader's Theatre adds dramatic flair to written texts while doing away with the formal constraints of traditional theatre. Kiren and Donna will walk you through Reader's Theatre, and its usefulness in developing the reading and speaking skills of young learners as well as attaining communicative competence.

Emotionally Empowering Your Kids! The Rainbow Dragon 

Andrew Martin

Andy invites you into the world of his debut children's book The Rainbow Dragon, where Rainbow is a young dragon who finds it hard to control her fire. Rainbow must learn how to express her feelings, before she unleashes a multi-coloured trail of destruction. Andy will also share the important lessons he conceived for his novel, and how the messages of empowerment remain relevant for children of all ages. 

Empowering Learners Through Stories: Mirrors and Windows into Culture

Tonia Whyte Potter-Mäl

How can concepts like respect, equality and action be introduced to our children in a way that will resonate? By seeing stories as mirrors into one's cultural experiences and as windows into others', Tonia speaks about empowering learners to become self-aware, resilient and deep thinkers.

Engaging and Supporting Children’s Language Development and Creativity with Technology

Clairine Chan

Do digital natives have different life experiences? If so, it may be time to consider different methods of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to this new generation. This experience sharing session introduces some low-cost tools and discusses how ESL teachers may make easy use of them in their lessons.

Enhancing the Home Literacy Environment through Dialogic Reading

Beth Ann O’Brien, Ng Siew Chin, Nur Artika Arshad

Learn about activities contributing to the Home Literacy Environment, and how it plays a part in language development outcomes in children. This session will get you up to date with the latest research findings in this field, as well as the practical techniques to conduct dialogic reading effectively with children.

Expanding the Minds of Students: The MISC Approach

Sumathi D/O Krishna Kumar, Tarsheeni Tania Rajoo

Child and caregiver behavior take centrestage in this session, which introduces the MISC (Mediational Intervention for Sensitising Caregivers) Approach as a strategy for caregivers to positively influence learning environments. Hear from educators at the Dyslexic Association of Singapore, as they also share how they have adapted the MISC Approach into five principles for DAS' specialized learners.

How to Build A Reading Culture Through the School Library

Loh Chin Ee

Those with a stake in young literacy would recognize that school libraries are crucial spaces for cultivating lasting reading habits. Join Chin Ee as she shares her research and study visits, and examines the significance of our school libraries.

Introducing Cultural Diversity through Literature on Traditional Rituals and Ceremonies

Yovita Siswati

Writing on customs and traditions is never an easy task, with new questions of representation and authenticity challenging writers. This presentation takes the first step towards answering these questions, from picking up the right theme to adjusting your stories for young readers.

Pandora’s Story: Reinterpreting Mythology for Modern Times

Rixou Low

Mythology matters, but how should we refashion and reinterpret old stories for young sensibilities? Rixou, whose works deal with the fantastical and the modern, discusses how the areas of reader engagement, character creation, world building and book design can learn from both the old and the new.

Rhyming Round Reading! Making Reading Fun for Children

Linda Gan, Kathleen Chia

This session features the popular alphabet poetry book Rhyming Around Singapore, published in 2014, and illustrates how rhyme, repetition can be useful tools to facilitate reading and memory in young children.

Royal Potty

A.P. Jayaraman

Enter Dr. Jayaraman's world of sci-stories, where facts meet fiction. These stories retain the characters children are familiar with, but have also weaved in concepts like observation, hypothesis, and inference. Hear from him how sci-stories can innovatively develop scientific literacy and curiosity, along with the techniques and processes of writing them.

Stamping: The Fun Way to Know Singapore

Ruth Wong, Mariann How, Mabel Wee

Participants will be introduced to Dr Tan Wee Kiat's picture books, which use stamps to depict unique scenes of Singapore life. In particular, one such book, Singapore: Many Races, One People, will be highlighted for its usefulness in National Education and in engaging both parents and children. By unearthing delightful connections between the visual and the verbal, this approach has found particular success with shy readers in strengthening their English language fluency.

The Brain and Language Development

Mary George

Take a dive into the mysteries of the infant brain! Recent discoveries about the brain and language development take centre-stage in this session with Dr. Mary George, who will also be sharing on how such findings can be applied to the classroom.

The Storyteller as Artist-Educator: Theory and Praxis

Rosemarie Somaiah

While a storyteller is an artist honouring the artform, he or she is also an educator managing the classroom and its challenges. In this session, take a look at what two storytelling projects with preschool and secondary students have suggested about the role storytellers play in education.

Unang Aklat: How to Teach Parents to Teach Their Young Ones Early Literacy

Ruth Martin de Guzman

Most would agree that parents are indispensable in teaching early literacy, but how should they go about giving their young ones a head start? Join Ruth in tackling this question, as she tells us more about Unang Aklat, a grassroots initiative in the Philippines with a similar mission.

Understanding Dyslexia

Nur Ashikin bte Kamaruddin

Dyslexia comes with new challenges, but it also presents opportunities. In this session, discover more about the everyday experiences of dyslexic learners as Nur Ashikin brings an educator's perspective to the discussion by sharing some strategies from the Dyslexia Association of Singapore's (DAS) Main Literacy Programme (MLP), and how it provides intervention for these learners.

Using Music and Movement In Teaching Language and Literacy

Aileen Hoe

From parents to educators and curriculum developers, anyone working with pre-school children is welcome to attend this workshop, where Aileen will be sharing her experiences in incorporating music and movement to enhance early education.

Using Picture Books To Facilitate Classroom-based Writing Projects

Kathleen Ahrens 

Professor Ahrens will share how teachers can draw inspiration from children's literature to design learning outcomes in writing assignments. Two picture book texts will be discussed, followed by a hands-on segment where teachers will write creative responses to engage personally with the student experience.

The full schedule and details to come in June.