“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:
- 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.
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: