As I have mentioned in my previous post – Two Kids in School, my little boy, Caleb, is a very playful one. It just dawned on me that that’s how he learns, through playing. That is why I look forward to attending because I wish to learn about more ways to teach Caleb concepts while playing. I was also excited to gather tips on using his existing toys as educational tools.
Having three children strongly affirms the fact that each child is unique and learns at his or her own pace. Ogalala System in Play recognizes this, according to them:
While there are general ways that kids learn, one method may not always apply to another child. And as O. Ivar Lovaas, a child development expert, said: “If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.”
I attended the short workshop with Caleb and I’m happy that he participated in the activities with the other children. He also answered questions from Teacher Maia, who talked about some simple tips on how to use my children’s toys to teach. For example:
- Animal toys can be used to compare sizes.
- Toys with letters can be used to teach sound of the alphabet.
- Group activities with kids teach them how to take turns.
What is Ogalala?
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 brand that lets kids be kids, helps parents connect and bond with their children, and encourages physical, intellectual, language, social & emotional development by introducing brands that cater to age-appropriate milestones.
Brands under Ogalala include:
- Melissa & Doug
- Animal Planet & Discovery Kids
- Baby Einstein
If one is new to the mommying scene, investing in these toys and products that grow with the child is a good idea.
I attended the workshop for preschoolers since my boy is 4 years old. Here is the development milestones guide that I can look at as reference.
It started with a video introduction welcoming us to the world of Ogalala.
Here’s Teacher Maia talking about how children learn and Ogalala.
Caleb did one of the activities where he matches the letter to the picture of an object that begins with that same letter.
At the store with toys and art materials, he’s drawn to the animals on the shelves.
There’s an art room where kids can try out samples from Crayola and draw to their heart’s content.
It was an informative and helpful workshop that I’m sure other moms like me would want to attend. Here’s the schedule of the last two workshops in September.
I enjoyed learning and browsing the toys, but I especially enjoyed the company of my playful Caleb.
So moms, what do you think about the Ogalala System in Play? Do you already do something like this with your little ones?