When the kids are on break from school, there's an opportunity to learn beyond academics. Summer gives parents a chance to discover their kids' interests and potentials, which they can hone through summer camps and workshops.
Dr. Tippy Tanchanco, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, says that children often show signs of their natural inclinations at an early age, whether they have to do with music, movement, or language.
Dr. Leticia Peñano-Ho, president and founder of Philippine Center for Gifted Education, adds that it's important to expose children to proper stimulation. Sign them up for a workshop or a camp that can help them nurture their talents.
One good example is the PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp, which offers classes in dance, music, art, and engineering. Students are mentored by experts and luminaries such as renowned composer Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the camp master for Music (along with the mentors from The Music School of Ryan Cayabyab), and choreographer to the stars, TeacherGeorcelle Dapat-Sy (together with the G-Force Dance School), for Dance Camp, just to name a few.
Teacher Georcelle says that children ages three to 12 are like sponges who absorb everything they learn. "We were raised differently, but as parents of this generation, we must embrace parenting in the digital age and be open-minded so we can understand our children better."
Also a mom, she advises parents, "Give them time, understand [them], and talk to them."
"Discovering what your child likes early on and providing them with opportunities to learn in the proper environment will bring out the best in them," adds Yvette Villegas, the brand manager of Promil® Four.
Villegas also points out that the PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 culminating activity last May 11 is their biggest camp celebration to date, with over 200 participants. "The kids were happy and excited about their performances, and we take pride in knowing that parents continue to trust PROMIL® Four in partnering with them to nurture their child," she says.
Participants of Camp 6 showcased what they learned in a recital held at the Kia Theater last May 11, Performances included a dance number from the kids of Dance Camp and a musical performance from the kids of Music Camp.
Award-winning graphic artist, painter, and the "ro" in Papemelroti, Teacher Robert Alejandro (for Art Camp), and advocate of STEM and STEAM education and Engineering for Kids head of faculty, Teacher Lei Sta. Maria (for Engineering Camp), also prepared performances showcasing their students' artistic and engineering skills.
Finally, PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 paid tribute to the parents of the participants, especially the moms who played a big role in helping their children discover and nurture their talents. To know more about the PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp, visit their Facebook page.