The Ogalala Experience: Learning Through Play

 “If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.”

This is the adage that stuck to me when I attended the Ogalala Workshop last July 19 at Toy Kingdom Megamall. OI’ve heard many times that children learn through play. However, I never realized that every discovery of a child leads to something useful when as they grow up. And with each discovery, we, as parents, should be there to guide them.

Since I’ve learned that my son has Down syndrome, I’ve been searching for seminars and workshops about child development. This is because I wanted to learn how I could further help my son in his development to achieve his milestones.

I learned about the Ogalala seminar through Mommy Bloggers Philippines so I immediately signed up as I wanted to learn more about what they offer.

Here are a few facts about Ogalala:

Ogalala logo

  • The word Ogalala is “derived from the native American Indian term for an underwater irrigation system. Ogalala brings forth life for kids in the form of play, fashion, and exploration. It is a portfolio of global play and fashion brands. It is a brand, therefore, that lets kids be kids, while assuring parents that they are “investing” in a brand that lets their children become warm, light-hearted, curious, and global.”
  • The Ogalala System In Play “has been developed to help identify important milestones and tools that will help support your child’s development, while at the same time helping you bond with your child.”
  • Ogalala System In Play was developed by Maye Yao Co Say, COO of Internationale Globale Marques Inc. (IGM), an affiliate of Richwell Phils. Group of Companies, to help parents easily guide their children’s milestones in 4 key areas: Social and Emotional, Physical and Motor Skills, Intellectual and Cognitive, and Language Development.
Development milestones for 12 months old

We always monitor development milestones of kids but I have never thought of classifying them in 4 key areas. And that was what I like about Ogalala. Identifying the 4 areas for development makes it easier for me to come up with activities to support my son’s growth. And this is not only applicable to infants. They have come up with milestones for up until pre-school age. It is also important to know that each child has a different set of milestones. There’s no need to force the list of activities in the chart on a child as this only acts as guide.

I was amazed when they explained how toys help in developing a child’s ability to write. Take an infant for example. At first, a baby learns how to grab a rattle (a closed fist act). When a child starts holding a crayon or a pencil, they grab it the same way. Eventually they learn to properly hold the crayon or the pencil with the use of those jumbo crayons or the triangle-shaped crayons. ( I don’t have a photo of the one they’ve shown).  I have never thought of it that way, really. It is something that I could incorporate with my son’s play time.

They have explained a few more activities and how it can help in development during the session. I’ve thought of other ideas, too, that I could probably try at home with my son.

There are two more sessions coming up this October so you might want to check out their website and sign up for it. I guarantee that you can learn a lot from their two-hour sessions. I know I did. 🙂

Here are a few photos from the event:20140719_103357





the “graduates” 🙂


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  1. I need to refine my boy’s fine motor skills as he is not confident enough to write on his own. I hope that the toys like Lego and molding clay I give him could be of good help.

  2. I love the tidbit about the toys! I’ll be keener in observing my toddler next time. I hope someone brings Ogalala to Davao 🙂

  3. Have you had the chance to use Ogalala on your child yet? I’m interested to hear testimonies about it. I missed this event when I got invited a few months back, I got sick. I so wanted pa naman to observe my child on it.

    1. I haven’t tried using pa the worksheet because of my and my family’s erratic work schedules though we have come up with our own separate routine for now.. They have sessions this coming October. Baka they have slots pa. 🙂

  4. Hello 🙂 I went to the last one they had — well, actually we got there just in time for the free mamon and picture taking :p Hehe, so I missed the whole workshop! Thanks for this awesome recap 🙂

    1. I really love the idea of learning through play and that is what struck me when i saw this at first.. that’s the reason why I signed up for the workshop… 😀

  5. I am obsessed with educational toys like the ones they have above but they’re a little too expensive sometimes. I would have signed up for this Ogalala sessions, too, if only it was available here in Cebu! Anyway, we try to do make use of what we can but things like these provide inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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