Wednesday, November 8, 2017

PROMIL® Four Continues To Partner with Parents in Nurturing Every Child’s Gift

Shaping the Gift To Build tomorrow's Greats

I was happy to receive an invitation to attend Promil's special event. Since I have children of my own, I thought I could learn a thing or two from the program and apply my knowledge for my children's development. 

As part of this year’s celebration of the Gifted Awareness Month, PROMIL® Four, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE), conducted a Learning Workshop, that features expert speakers in the field of Developmental Pediatrics, Clinical Psychology, Obstetrics, Health & Wellness, Arts, and Nutrition, recently at the Sofitel Philippines Plaza Manila in Pasay City.

The said event is in line with the brand’s theme of “Shaping the Gift to Build Tomorrow’s Greats.” It gathered celebrity and blogger parents, who participated in a series of workshops and activities in a bid to educate them on the importance of building a strong foundation for their child’s learning abilities. 


Dr. Leticia Ho
Dr. Leticia Ho
According to Dra. Leticia Ho, Clinical Psychologist/Neurotherapist and President of Philippine Center for Gifted Education, the future will be different for children. In the face of an ever-changing world, they will need to learn a different set of skills. The best period to nurture these abilities lies in the crucial first 1,000 days of the child, starting with the mother’s pregnancy. It is during these days that the child responds and adapts to different interventions.

“A child’s development results from an ongoing and cumulative process of nurturing. This means that your child’s brain development can be affected by both environmental and intrinsic factors,” added Ho. “This event aims to educate the parents on the proper tools and approach to help shape their child’s gift. With the proper parenting, proper stimulation, and proper nutrition we believe that your child can reach his full potential.”

PROMIL® Four’s Learning Workshop highlights three different activities that show the advantage of multi-dimensional development in nurturing a child’s gift to its full potential. These activities are based on three learning zones focused on the physical, mental, and socio-emotional development.

The physical activity focused on the importance of growth and immunity to strengthen physical agility through a yoga class. As a productive meditation activity, it showed how yoga can stimulate body movement and sensory experiences for children. It also promotes multi-dimensional learning as it encourages balance and coordination, focus and concentration, mind and body connection, and self-awareness and mindfulness.


Yoga
We were taught some basic yoga movements to promote stimulation of body movement and sensory experiences. I have never done yoga in my life, but it was actually quite relaxing in the end. I also learned some simple stretches meant to relax our back muscles. I really needed it so I can apply it at home while I work and teach my kids to do the same stretching, too. 

Meanwhile, the mental activity featured an art workshop developed to encourage recognition and memory. This activity focused on bringing the experience on how art can develop a child’s memory through storytelling and painting while inculcating repetitive practices and rhythms.


Promil: Art Painting
Art
Among the three activities we did, painting was my favorite. I was never that good in art, but I still enjoy it especially painting. And when I imagined myself being a 5-year-old, I understood immediately why my kids love art. It was really enjoyable (and a stress-reliever) as long as there are no constraints or no rules made, you just go with the flow with how you feel. After the activity, I vowed to buy my kids some art materials right away so they could start painting at home. 

Lastly, the camp also has a social activity, through a giant block game, focused on the need of being socially adept for better learning. It underlined how an imaginative game can promote strong leadership qualities in children through imagination, communication, and collaboration.


Fun with a Challenge
Our goal in this activity is to build the best house we could using the available giant blocks. Sounds fun, right? There's only one condition: No one is allowed to talk to each other! It was a challenge indeed, but we still managed to create a house in the end. What I learned in this activity is there are other ways to communicate with one another aside from verbal communication. We could use sign languages or even body language to communicate with one another. It was difficult, but we pulled through. 
Meanwhile, PROMIL® Four’s Learning Camp also emphasized the importance nutrition plays in supporting a child’s advanced learning abilities.“Proper nutrition plays an essential role in your child’s brain development. With the right nutrients, it can further support a child’s advanced learning abilities,” added Ma. Neva Luna Batayola, Medical Director.

To end the event, Dra. Leticia Penano-Ho gave a key take away message and that is “Every child has the talent which can be a Gift if discovered and nurtured early. It is the parent’s role to make the child’s talent reach his full potential, or else that gift could just be there untapped and undiscovered.”

Aside from the Learning Workshop, this year, PROMIL® Four is also partnering with Atlantis Production. They will be showcasing awe-inspiring talents in the local production of Matilda the Musical, a theater play that features the story of a gifted child.

The three child actors, who will portray the lead role of the play are Esang De Torres of ABS-CBN’s “The Voice Kids” and “Les Miserables” Asian Tour; Uma Naomi Martin of “A Little Princess”; and GawadMusika’s Outstanding Child Performer, Felicity Kyle Napuli.This musical play will run from November 10 to December 10, 2017.Promil Four is raffling out free Matilda tickets, visit www.promilfour-matilda.com for more information.


PROMIL® Four has long been known for nurturing the young Filipino’s gift. It is specially formulated for children above three years old and is the only brand that contains NUTRISSENTIALS®—the combination of the unique and important nutrients that help support mental & physical development to help Nurture the Gift, together with balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.


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