As a first-time mom, the concept of “learning through play” is one of the things that I was really pleased to learn about. It was refreshing to know that’s it’s not just all about memorizing letters and numbers, at least not at the baby and toddler stage. It’s also about things like sensory play, fine motor skills, and problem solving, not to mention empathy and other personal relationship skills.
Knowing about this has saved me from getting pressured by anecdotes of kids who can recite the alphabet or count to a hundred by age 2, or something like that. It’s great that they can, really, and should my twins show an aptitude for it, why not? Reading is something that I’d really love for them to enjoy. But in the meantime, because they are just 1 and a half years old, it’s all about learning through play.
Or, to be honest, when they’re with their yayas, it’s more of learning by hanging around outside with the other kids and yayas in our compound, and learning by playing with everyday household objects (see my Tipid Toys post). But they are growing up, and showing more interest in being playful and manipulating objects, so I am painfully aware that I have to step up my game.
So this opportunity to attend a free workshop on child development and learning through play could not have come at a better time. Thanks to Manila Workshops and Mommy Bloggers Philippines, I was able to register to one of the toddler sessions. So exciting, and I wish my fellow mommy friends can join too!
Dubbed the Ogalala System in Play Child Development Workshop, the event is being put up by Manila Workshops and IGMI, the company behind Crayola, Melissa & Doug, Baby Einstein, Haba, and other well-respected brands of children’s toys. According to the announcement, the Ogalala System in Play is supposed “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.” The workshop includes the children themselves, so Don and I are bringing the twins.
For those of you who are interested, details are shown below. More background information can also be viewed at the Manila Workshops post here. See you there!