Learning is fun with ST's scrapbook

SINGAPORE - The latest learning resource from The Straits Times has received the thumbs up from educators who were given a sneak peak last week.

The scrapbook, called STep: My Year In The News 2014, is designed for children aged nine and above.

The Education Ministry's deputy director for character and citizenship education, Mr Puvan Ariaratnam, said the scrapbook could be a useful resource for both parents and educators.

He was among those who got a preview of the book at this year's AsiaEducationExpo, which ended last Friday.

The scrapbook, put together by the newspaper's schools team, has about 40 pages of learning activities based on news reports to give pupils a fun and hands-on way to develop their sense of current affairs.

There are also stickers, cardboard embellishments and other accessories that the pupils can use and work on with their parents.

Each month, digital freebies or additional activities will be e-mailed to readers.

The Straits Times schools team editor Serene Goh said the scrapbook is a great way for pupils to keep track of all the things they have learnt.

"In relation to the news, you get a sense of context - you see your life against the backdrop of a bigger picture," she said.

"Besides, who doesn't like stickers?"

STep: My Year In The News 2014 follows on the heels of 48 Values From The News: The Straits Times Guide To Building Character, which won the top award for Learning With The News, a core category in the World Young Reader Prize; and an Asian Media Gold Award for Community Service in September.

It costs $49.90, but subscribers to The Straits Times or Little Red Dot - the paper's publication for primary schools - receive a discount of up to $20. It is now available for pre-order.

Those interested in finding out more about the scrapbook or Little Red Dot can contact David Tan at davtan@sph.com.sg or Carmen Choy at ccarmen@sph.com.sg

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