A double celebration

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By Luci Lizares

www.winners

Thursday, May 29, 2014


IT WAS a double celebration for Inah Cano who was celebrating her birthday and also the opening of her new endeavor, The Activity and Play Lounge.

It was a very hot, punishing afternoon (as all afternoons have been these past weeks) but the heat added to the energy of the opening of Inah’s new project.

Asking Inah what prompted her to open this haven for kids, teachers and Moms, Inah’s reply was, she was inspired by the Multiple Intelligence Theory and the Reggio Emilia Approach.

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Her vision is that The Activity and Play Lounge believes that learning should not only be confined to children alone nor in the four walls of schools. Learning happens everywhere and anywhere and with anyone at any particular age and time. This process is especially at its peak when experienced with others.

Reggio educators describe their approach to learning and teaching as a ‘pedagogy of relationships’ as it is founded on the conviction that we learn through making connections between things, concepts and experiences, and that we do so by interacting with other people and with our surrounding environment.

Likewise, this learning is manifested in different ways through the Multiple Intelligences that each one imbibes. Learning happens differently for everyone. Thus, The Activity and Play Lounge aims to merge both philosophies to be able to contribute in molding relationships among parents, teachers and children. Most especially, it aims to bring about an environment that can build a community of learners through enjoyable educational experiences.

So what does Teacher Inah and The Activity and Play Lounge offer? There are workshops that evolve around the Multiple Intelligences of Howard Gardner. Thus, the topics will vary for each type of audience, be it parents, teachers or children.

It also offers the community of Bacolod a place to learn without the pressure of grades. So, learning is just for the fun of it.

Furthermore, what inspired Inah to come up with this is also her personal view that learning should be natural and intrinsic.

“I wanted a place where I can learn different things from other people who share the same interests as I do and a place where my child can have free flowing ideas and express them in various ways through art, storytelling, movement and other activities,” Inah says.

Congratulations, Teacher Inah! We are proud of you!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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