- School Staff
STEPS Special School proudly brings you its first ever annual day camp, and for this year, it highlights love of and in the family in its theme Ohana.
In the Hawaiian culture, “Ohana” means family, and its “concept emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another.” (wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohana) This term is also mentioned and best defined in one of the most beautiful quotes from the movie Lilo and Stitch. The quote goes, Ohana means family and family means nobody is left behind or forgotten.” (goodreads.com) So, why choose Ohana? It is because STEPS family truly embraces and continually displays and promotes love and care like that of a family. In STEPS, everyone is bound together with love and compassion, joy and acceptance, and humility and cooperation.
Furthermore, STEPS gladly invites an extended member of its family – the Wonderkids Montessori School students to join them in this fun adventure of the Ohana Day Camp. What are these fun adventures?
Ohana Day Camp Adventures
The obstacle course gives the children, whether or not with special needs, the opportunity to develop and master up cognitive, social and gross motor skills. How so? First and foremost, they have to listen to the instructions before they could perform all the different obstacles. To note, it was not only simple instructions that they have to follow but also series of instructions that they must remember. Secondly, each student has the chance to perform while the rest should wait for their turns. Learning to patiently wait and to take turn is a social skill each child has to develop. It was also a chance to display good values such as cooperation and teamwork and sportsmanship. Lastly, the obstacle course helps the kids develop muscular strength and coordination by performing these obstacles.
Moreover, film viewing has numerous benefits and can be therapeutic. Film therapy, as it is commonly known as, helps one to channel different kinds of emotion and to draw out strength and think of solution whenever faced with fear and problem. Aside from that, it helps one to formulate learning, develop creativity, promotes self-identity and activates concentration, focus and attention. Thus, film viewing is not merely a form of kids’ entertainment and/or leisure activity. It is a therapeutic way to develop emotional intelligence and cognitive skills.
The Ohana Day Camp activities was not limited to these three activities. There were also a bracelet-making booth which allows everyone to take away a souvenir and the Ohana Photobooth to take away memories of the event with them. Other highlights at the culmination of the event were the singing of the Moana’s How Far I’ll Go and the giving of presents of the Wonderkids Montessori students to STEPS students and teachers. The Ohana Day Camp was indeed an event filled with fun, love and learning.
For inquiries, visit STEPS Special School at No. 10 Street 12, Thao Dien, District 2.