“Can your child think independently without relying on template phrases from model essays? There is more to life than just passing the exams”

– Mubster Chief –

Monsters Under the Bed is where real creative writing takes place.

We train our students to find their inner voice and equip them with the techniques to articulate their thoughts through the written word. Forget about blindly copying off textbooks. That’s not how we do it here. Our students are immersed in a gamified learning environment where they get to broaden their perspective of life.

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The Monster’s Method

We have been ahead of the trend since 2006. This was way before the Education Minister started talking about the importance of knowledge over grades; way before creative thinking is valued over memory skills; way before society realised that we are churning out top graders who have little ability to think critically, and we have been cracking our heads for more than a decade to come up with a sure-win, short-cut method to thinking creatively and writing great stories.

We couldn’t come up with any.

However, we did come up with a very simple formula that guides how we train our students to be the best they can be. This may take some time (6 months to 2 years) to bear fruit, but once your child graduates from our course, they will be able to write independently and articulate their thoughts with conviction for the rest of their lives.

Step 1: Develop an Interest

Results are important, but what’s even more important is a sustained interest in acquiring knowledge. When children are motivated to learn, you won’t have to burst a blood vessel yelling: “Read!”

Very often the books that children enjoy reading and the stories that they are allowed to write are two differing topics. How can we expect our children to enjoy the process of learning if they feel that all the interesting knowledge they acquired is pointless? How do we tell our children that writing about dinosaurs will never amount to an ‘A’ or that all those hours spent pouring over Greek Mythology will never help them with the exams? And we wonder why our children become apathetic as they grow older.

Step 2: Refine the Ability to Imagine

Imagination is intangible and in a practical society like ours, that only means that such attributes are ranked lower on the priority list. Memorizing templates and filling in the blanks with bombastic words might get you quick results, but it isn’t doing anything to help your child exercise their creativity.

Remember a time when you thought the power of your child’s imagination was a cute thing? How all that quickly changed when they start attending school proper. In dire cases, kids stop thinking altogether and just wait to be told what to do. That won’t do for the Mubster child. Not on our watch! We have been trying to reverse the adverse effects of the get-results-quick method for the last decade.

Step 3: Master the Art of Writing

It’s easy to be envious of someone else’s achievements. The thing we hardly see is the amount of time and effort that went on behind the scenes for an individual to reach his goals. You hear people say that one should work smart, while we do agree with that adage, we can’t help but feel that there are still some things in life that cannot do without hard work; like mastering a new skill for instance.

Your child loves writing and has a powerful imagination. Only problem is…. Your child can’t express all those ideas down in words. The scrawling was endearing when they were in pre-school, but now you’re getting worried especially since PSLE isn’t all that far away. Learning the techniques of writing is relatively easy. Mastering the art, however, takes a lot of practice. Talent aside, the difference between a good writer and a mediocre one is the number of hours of practice that each had.

Programmes

StoryCraft is Monsters Under the Bed signature series. First developed by founder Eugene Tay in 2006, the programme has undergone constant upgrades and revisions by industry experts to make it the most relevant and effective creative writing programme in the market today.

StoryCraft Elementary is an MUTB course that focuses on the continuous writing component of the PSLE English Paper 1. This course Incorporates elements from StoryCraft Apprentice, giving it a creative edge over other programs in the market. Finally, StoryCraft Elementary serves as an introductory and bridging course to our other programs. It gives parents time to decide which path they’d prefer their child to take (storycraft vs tuition) and also allows instructors to properly assess students and make recommendations. .

StoryCraft Elementary aims to teach students to be original and creative, and eventually self-manage their writing processes

StoryCraft Elementary runs over four terms, each comprising ten lessons following the school calendar. Term one focuses on foundations and the writing process, while the other three terms incorporate StoryCraft elements to enhance teaching continuous writing.

INK WORKSHOP

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Major Majorie’s Marvelous Menagerie comprising the most interesting and intriguing collection of fantastic creatures will be visiting 11 Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore on the 5th and 6th of December! Only the rarest and most fantastic creatures will be displayed for your viewing pleasure. Major Majorie’s Marvelous Menagerie is the only Menagerie to feature creatures from all over the globe. From the Manticore to the Merlion, you’ll see creatures never before assembled under one tent. .

Our INK workshop is targeted at 7 to 13 year olds.  You can choose to attend either day, or both, but the materials and content is the same.  It will be a 6-hour (10am-4pm) writing camp filled with role-play and games that encourage kids to write..

Designed for:
Students who wishes to have a fun filled learning workshop during holidays.

Recommended Age:
7 to 13

Workshop size:
40

Workshop Duration:
5th / 6th December from 10am to 4pm

Course Objective:
A 1-day creative writing workshop that teaches your child to craft a fascinating story using role play.

Investment:
INK Workshop: $248 per day including food and drinks. Option to attend the 2nd consecutive day at $200. Payment must be made in full for two days to qualify for the discount.

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full prior to the day of workshop and on first come first served basis. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Workshop details:
INKcredible Creatures And How to Catch them​​
A 1-day creative writing workshop that teaches your child to craft a fascinating story about incredible creatures and how to tame them.

Location: 11 Upper Wilkie Road / Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lesson Objectives: Understanding the beast
A merilion in a cave is a fish out of water
Dragons, Unicorns and Pegasi… we all have our favorite fantastic creatures. But if your Phoenix can survive underwater, it better have a good reason for doing so. And if your Phoenix has gills, scales, a fish’s tail and a lion’s head, isn’t that actually a Merlion?
A bigger “BOOM!” does not a story make.
So your dragon can fly, breathe fire, cast violent spells and is invulnerable. It’s also stronger and wiser than any other beast. But can it open a can of tuna without using a can opener? Or learn to love a sea sprite? Or find the can opener it accidentally dropped in the pacific ocean?
“I’m a person not just a “creature!”
Creatures have personalities too. Just because you’re a world devouring hydra, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to deal with everyday problems, like tooth aches, procrastination or tardiness. They have a past and, like you and me, have opinions about the present and dreams for the future. They can be happy or sad, nervous or mad, just like all the other animals on our planet.
​Workshop Highlights
Write, writer.
Students craft their own stories by exploring an immersive and engaging world.
Students practice descriptive writing and launching from character.
Students learn to come up with clever solutions to the conflicts in their stories and practice surprising and entertaining their readers.

Schools out!
An INK workshop is notoriously fun! Everyone is encouraged to dress up. We promise you that your two-days with us will not feel like school.
Students to be given Monster Wrangler’s kits, including wands and spellbooks!
Morals are meant to be understood and not memorized.
Lessons about friendship and caring for others through the use of storytelling.
By learning not to judge a creature by it’s looks, students will learn about getting along with other races/cultures.
Teamwork teamwork teamwork! At INKcredible Creatures, students will be exposed to dilemmas, puzzles and scavenger hunts which they must work as a team to solve..

Storycraft Elementary Restructured

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Your child looks at you and back at his blank piece of paper. He begins to write but stops after the second word. He looks back at you and whimpers, “I don’t know what to write”. Your child needs… StoryCraft Elementary.

StoryCraft Elementary will help your child scaffold a basic story structure and tell a tale with logical sequencing. Your child will begin to appreciate the books they read and be less reliant on templates.

Designed for:
Students struggling with fundamentals.

Recommended Age:
7 to 12

Class size:
Min 3, Max 8

Programme Duration:
SC Elementary 1 – 4 Terms: 10 Lessons per term x 90 minutes

Course Progression:
The first term is divided into three phases. Phase one (3 lessons) focuses on engaging students and getting them comfortable with exploring ideas and expressing themselves while introducing the basic story arc. Phase two (3 lessons) covers style, plotting and pacing, as well as descriptive techniques. In the final phase (4 lessons) , students write and redraft three graded compositions plus a creative writing piece. Terms 2, 3 and four sees the students write 15 essays, interspersed with modules from StoryCraft Apprentice. Students will learn to incorporate creative writing elements as the work on improving their structure, style, plots and creative ideas.

Investment:
SC Elementary : $500 per term

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 500 (1 term) or SGD 900 (2 terms) or SGD 1800 (4 terms)). No trial class available. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Student’s Assessment:
Trainers will provide a monthly student performance appraisal and an end of course detailed assessment.

Storycraft Apprentice Improved

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Your child may be an avid reader or perhaps he’s just naturally imaginative, but somehow these wonderful ideas don’t quite translate into his writing. You want to give him the support to explore his talent. Your child needs…. StoryCraft Apprentice.

StoryCraft Apprentice digs below the story surface and explores concepts and themes that add dimensions to your story. A reluctant hero with a dark past faced with a dilemma or a serial killer with a soft spot for animals.

Designed for:

Students whose story lack depth.

Apprentice is suitable for your child if you find yourself saying these things:

  1. “The story is boring.”
  2. “The writing sounds childish.”
  3. “There’s no build up or suspense.”
  4. “How can we write this story differently?”
  5. “My child loves writing and I would like him to explore this area of interest.”

Recommended Age:
9 to 11

Class size:
Min 2, Max 5

Programme Duration:
SC Apprentice Cycle 1: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes
SC Apprentice Cycle 2: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes
SC Apprentice Cycle 3: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes

Course Progression:
Students are assessed at the end of each cycle. Top performing students may opt to attempt the next StoryCraft level instead of attending the next Apprentice cycle. Trainers will make necessary recommendation.

Investment:
SGD 350 x 6 months

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 350 x 6 months). There will be a SGD 15 Administrative Fee per month for customers who opt for Monthly Payment mode. No trial class available. Fee fully refunded if you decide to withdraw from the programme within the first two sessions. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Student’s Assessment:
We recommend that customers send us a copy of their child’s writing for pre-enrollment assessment. Trainers will provide a monthly student performance appraisal and an end of course detailed assessment.

Storycraft Mastery (Mentorship Program)

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Your child is a budding writer. His has no problems knocking out a few thousand words in a matter of hours. He tells you he would like to get published someday. Your child needs… StoryCraft Mastery.

At this level, students will deconstruct tiered texts and explore different modalities and genres of writing. This is where it gets fun! Students are encouraged to break the rules of writing and experiment with styles to develop their writer’s voice.

Designed for:

Students who are proficient at writing and looking to build a portfolio.

Mastery is suitable for your child if you find your child saying these things:

  1. “I’m interested in writing. Where can I go to improve my writing?”
  2. “I’m thinking of publishing someday. But I don’t think I’m good enough.”
  3. “I would like to explore my talent and see how far I can go with this.”

Special Features:
Students may opt for lessons to be conducted remotely over Skype

Recommended Age:
10 to 17

Class size:
Min 1, Max 3

Programme Duration:
Cycles of 12 lessons (3 months) x 105 minutes

Course Progression:
StoryCraft Mastery has no defined course duration. Students graduate upon completion of their portfolio. Top performing students will be given the opportunity to get their works published. Trainers will make necessary recommendation.

Investment:
SGD 480 x 3 months

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 480 x 3 months). There will be a SGD 15 Administrative Fee per month for customers who opt for Monthly Payment mode. No trial class available. Fee fully refunded if you decide to withdraw from the programme within the first two sessions. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Student’s Assessment:
We recommend that customers send us a copy of their child’s writing for pre-enrollment assessment. Trainers will provide a monthly student performance appraisal.

MUTB Primary English Exam Prep Program (NEW*)

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Students will acquire ample practice at answering all components of the English Paper 2, both multiple choice and open-ended questions, synthesis/transformation, comprehension and grammar cloze passages. Text types will be varied, from narratives to non-fiction factual passages to give students more exposure in answering cloze and comprehension open-ended questions.

These practices will help them with tests and examinations they will encounter in school.

Designed for:
Students preparing for English exams.

Recommended Age:
7 to 12

Class size:
Min 3, Max 8

Programme Duration:
English Exams Prep 1 – 4 Terms: 10 Lessons per term x 90 minutes

Course Details:
This Program includes only Paper 2 (Comprehension, Cloze, Grammar, Synthesis, Visual Text) components. All classes are conducted by experienced ex-MOE teachers.

Investment:
English Exams Prep : $500 per term

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 500 (1 term) or SGD 900 (2 terms) or SGD 1800 (4 terms)). No trial class available. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Curriculum Designer:
Curriculum co-designed by Agnes Lam. She has been in the teaching industry for more than 3 decades, was the English HOD for several Primary schools, including Ang Mo Kio Primary and Anderson Primary. Currently she does curriculum development with MOE HQ. Curriculum is also designed by Leroy Lam. He has 15 years of experience teaching English in Primary schools, including the GEP (Gifted Education Program) specializing in the English curriculum. He has also extensive experience teaching upper primary English, and setting upper primary English exam papers.
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CONTACT INFO

Waterloo Centre
261 Waterloo Street,
Waterloo Centre #02-19
Singapore 180261
Contact:
+65 94880761 / leroy@mutb.com.sg
Opening Hours: 10am – 6.30pm daily. Closed on Public holidays.

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