Learning through play workshop
My wife and I attended a parenting workshop last weekend presented by Manila Workshops and Insular Life. The topic was “Learning through play” which is a part of the Parenting Pals workshop series. It was our first time attending a seminar from Manila Workshops so we didn’t know what to expect but since the topic really interested us, I signed us up online. It only cost us 600Php to register for the couple rate so I thought that it was an affordable price to check out the workshops presented by Manila Workshop.
The speaker for the Learning through Play workshop was Teresa Lilia B. Ayaso Cabusora, Ph.D. or Teacher Leclec, who is an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Consultant and Trainer. She also owns a progressive school in Quezon City. While the material she presented was easy to follow, what I really liked in the workshop was the wealth of experience and expertise that she shared.
Play, Development, and Learning in the Early Childhood Years
The workshop is aimed for parents of pre-school aged children from 0-6 years. The main topics covered by the workshop are:
- Importance of Play
- How Play relates to development and learning
- Stages of Play
- Categories of Play
- Helping Babies Play
- Playing games
The entire presentation was given in the handout but many important points were from the speaker herself. Here are some excerpts from the workshop:
– In play, learning is fun and worry-free
– Play reduces tension that often comes with having to achieve
– Children have short attention span to things of no interest to them
– Drawing is the first stage of writing
– Focus on the process, not the product
Of course it wouldn’t be a workshop without some activities! We had the chance to play with the toys/learning materials that Teacher Leclec brought and share what we thought about them. My main take away during this activity is that you don’t have to buy many expensive toys because there are lots of toys you can actually do yourself! I’ll share in future posts, the toys I made for my son’s occupational therapy at home.
If you would like to attend seminars like this, I suggest you ask a lot of questions in order to learn from the speaker’s expertise. You can check out Manila Workshop’s website for upcoming workshops or I can share my son’s developmental pedestrian’s number who also conducts a parenting seminar.
The workshop was co-presented by Insular Life and they only took about 30 minutes to present one of their products. It was not really intrusive nor were they hard selling, I think it was well-received by the participants actually.
The snacks were from Mama Chows, I think they were cheese cupcakes. The organizer reassured me that they were not lactation pastries because I was already halfway through my cupcake when she was introducing Mama Chows. I must have looked really worried but don’t worry dads, I ate some of wife’s lactation cookies before and nothing came out.
Although the workshop started later than scheduled, it was a good experience overall. The venue, Insular Life building at Ayala in Makati, was easy to find. The content was very informative and the speaker very knowledgeable. The snacks also tasted good. I have just one tip if you plan to attend this workshop in the future, participate to get the most out of your registration fee.
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