Only 6, but already film-makers

Ms Indranee Rajah with six-year-olds Kaelyn (left) and Kanishka from PCF Teck Ghee, which guided 17 of its K2 pupils to make stop-motion animation videos.

FOR the past eight months, children at the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) Teck Ghee kindergarten at Block 466 have played film-makers.

Since March, 17 six- year-olds in its Kindergarten 2 (K2) cohort have had a hand in creating nine stop-motion animation videos lasting about 45 seconds to a minute each.

The project, Little Movie Makers, involved groups of four or five children who created their own narratives and props - using Lego blocks, arts and crafts.

Pupils were also taught to handle digital cameras to take frame-by-frame still shots of their creations, which were ultimately made into the stop-motion animation movies.

This was made possible through funding by the Innovation Grant, set up in 2008 by the Ministry of Education to encourage kindergartens to come up with new, better ways of teaching.

The grant subsidises up to 95 per cent of each project's cost, up to a cap of $4,000.

The grant received 88 applications in 2008.

Of the 187 applications received this year, 145 kindergartens were awarded the grant.

Ms Valery Toh, principal of PCF Teck Ghee kindergarten, said the children have "gained confidence" through teamwork as a result of the project.

She added that the project helped them not only in their socialising skills, but also in their literacy development.

During her visit to PCF Teck Ghee yesterday, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah urged kindergartens to take advantage of the grant. She hopes that these educational institutions will use it to "stimulate creativity" among children.

PCF Teck Ghee is among 23 kindergartens which will receive awards for kindergarten excellence at the Kindergarten Learning Forum 2012 to be held at Republic Polytechnic on Tuesday. Nine outstanding kindergarten teachers will also receive accolades for their efforts.

The awards are handed out annually by the Ministry of Education and the Association of Early Childhood Educators (Singapore).

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