WOU holds workshop for parents

About 80 parents, babies and toddlers attended the Baby Love Music Fun/Toddler Music Magic free workshop organised by the School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS) together with Jammin Senzation, Conservatory of Performing Arts and Music at the main campus.

The kids having fun.

The kids having fun.

The Baby Love Music Fun session dealt with parents engaging actively with their babies by combining developmental milestone activities with music movement and live singing. Meanwhile the Toddler MusicMagic sessionwas to help toddlers (1-4 years) develop vocal exploration and rhythmic patterns, create and improve movements,  and enhance memory, listening and moves through singing, dancing and singing.

The three-hour workshop was conducted by Jasmin Khor, the Asian Region Trainer for this programme founded by Melanie Maslin, a qualified music, drama and early childhood development educator from Australia. Many parents participated in a hands-on session with their children.

Hands-on session on interacting with their child.

Hands-on session on interacting with their child.

A talk on baby development and health was also given by Dr Adele Tan, a paediatrician from Lam Wah Ee hospital. A child psychologist, Anna Pease, was in attendance to help explain the reasons behind the type of training activities that were provided and how these contributed to the psychological well-being and holistic development of children.

Interested learners are able to pursue courses on child development as part of the liberal studies or psychology degree programme offered by the SFLS.

Play time.

Play time.

This workshop is the second in the series of public lectures organised by the School this year – a public talk on ‘Understanding Depression and Suicide’ was held on July 27thwith the support of Befrienders Penang