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Friday, July 25, 2014

EVENT: The Wonderful World of Why not with Ogalala System in Play

As a mom and teacher, I believe that children are unique learners. Being in the academe for eight years have taught me that students learn differently. I have students who learns well with visual aids and movies, while others learn from books and reading. Consequently, I have to adjust my teaching methods to cater to their learning styles. But, speaking as a mom, I also want my baby son to learn as much as he can as early as now. Though, I know how to teach college students, I know its a whole different world in teaching infants and soon-to-be toddlers. Luckily, I had the opportunity to attend the Ogalala System in Play Workshop session last Sunday in Toy Kingdom, SM Megamall.

I was ecstatic to be in the workshop and to bring my baby as well. It was a learning opportunity for me to learn how to teach my baby through play. So we arrived early in the venue so we had the chance to take some photos.

Video documentaries were shown before the event started. It was about breastfeeding and its benefits to babies. 

The session started with the introduction of Ogalala System and its benefits to children and parents as well.

What is Ogalala?
Derived from the native American Indian terms for an underwater irrigation system, Ogalala brings forth life for kids in form of play, fashion, and exploration. It is a portfolio of global play and fashion brands. 

But with the numerous brands in the market, it is somehow challenging for parents to purchase toys or developmental books that would address the stages of children's development. 

So, Why Ogalala?
The company recognizes that parents, like us, would like our children to be happy and fulfilled. In line with this, the company also believes that play and creativity enables kids to enjoy learning and love life. 

According to Maye Yao Co Say, COO of Internationale Globale Marques Inc (IGM):
"We know that dads and moms today have very busy schedules and would not have time to read all the good developmental books in the market. Being a mom of 2, I also know that although kids have a multimedia world now, our kids always look forward to their times of bonding and connection with their parents. My husband and I try our best to maximize our bonding time with Meagan and Marcus with meaningful play time since they were babies."

The workshop, however, was about the Ogalala System in Play: 
It is an advocacy for fun and learning that addresses each child's development areas. 

Teacher Maia explained the development stages of children starting from infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and grade schoolers. Being a preschool and special education teacher for eight years, she already is an expert in the development stages of children. 

There are four development areas for children which are: Social and emotional development, Physical Development, Language Development, and Intellectual Development.The Ogalala System in Play exactly addresses this need. It has been developed to help identify important milestones and tools that will help support our child's development, while at the same time helping us bond with them.  

There is also an Ogalala System in Play schedule that parents can use as a guide to teach their children. You can print it for free in just make sure to indicate the age level of your children. There are morning and afternoon tasks that parents can do everyday which will address skills necessary for that age. 

Teacher Maia taught us how to teach the morning session task to our babies: 
Morning: Story Time. Read a 5 minute story and vary your tones. 

Morning: Card Game. Choose 3 flash cards to show baby. 

Afternoon: Stacking. Introduce concept of stacking blocks.

Look, how happy he is with the Melissa and Doug Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks!:)

After the activities, participants were allowed to ask questions. Then certificates were given with food and freebies. 


Toys for infants:

Toys for preschoolers

Toys for gradeschoolers

As a parent and a teacher, it's nice to have someone or a company that cares not only for my children but also to me as a parent. I also loved that there are products that I can go to whatever age my child is and that I also can guide them through it. So if you want to be an ogalala advocate like us, sign up now and open your own and child's eyes to the wonderful world of why not!

Ogalala sign up form

For more information on Ogalala System and Play, and their products, visit:
Instagram: @ogalalaworld

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