#BPPSaturdaySeries of Learning is a great opportunity for families to learn and manage social isolation
So you’re trying to stay productive during quarantine, but you also have kids at home. If you’re like the rest of the parents out there, coming up with engaging ways to keep your children sane and entertained can be somehow difficult.
Fortunately, Best Buddies Philippines, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing inclusive opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is currently offering alternatives to in-person events with virtual activities that are ideal for young learners.
“We came up with this project of weekly classes because of the unusual circumstances we are all living through,” BPP executive director Michelle Aventajado tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “It’s a pandemic and if our activities provide some sort of joy at the end of a week, perhaps even give a parent a short break, or give our adults a reason to see each other, then we are excited to see everyone come together.”
Kids, adults of all ages, and even young adults on their own, are welcome to join the #BBPSaturdaySeries of Learning. Sessions take place on Saturdays, 4:00 p.m., on the organization’s Facebook page, featuring a different activity that everyone can join each week. One may opt to send a personal message to join the Zoom session or tune in to their Facebook page to participate.
Activities include creative journaling, cookie decorating, bento making, laughter yoga, and bath bomb making, to name a few. Participants can also look forward to yoga and workout sessions, which will get your heart pumping and give you a full-body workout without a trip to the gym.
Aventajado says the series is made possible through the kindness of volunteers and donors.
“All of our teachers have volunteered their time. Our network is only as big as our volunteer pool,” she says. “If a parent can offer their services by sharing their talent, we welcome that! Or maybe if they know someone who has taught their kids in a class or an activity and that teacher is willing to take time out on a Saturday afternoon for a couple of hours, then they can contact us.”
BPP has partnered with student organizations like Santugon from De La Salle University, and they are forging partnerships with other companies to sponsor activities that will be enjoyed by individuals of all ages and abilities. Before signing up, one should come prepared and be ready to have a good time. “Willingness to learn something new is enough to keep you going. A stable internet connection to join in the activity is important, too. Everyone is welcome, and you can join through tablets, phones, and laptops.”