OYDO is a play and project-based language education model developed for the language development of children ranging between the ages of 2 and 7, covering a two-year education and training period. All training materials prepared in Turkish also have Arabic and English integrations.
OYDO is a unique model which has been developed in accordance with the developmental characteristics of children and has been created by considering the needs those children may encounter in their teaching in language and all other fields. It aims for the education of values and culture as well as language. Education in the target language focuses on daily speaking language and families are encouraged to participate in the system.
OYDO’s unique education model progresses primarily over 22 themes including common themes like, “My Body”, “Colours and Shapes”, Vehicles”, and new themes that will be groundbreaking in the field like, “Meeting with People”, “My Family”, “Words of Kindness”, "Telephone Conversations”. In this meticulously structured model, there are activities and board games related to each theme that will attract the attention of children so they will willingly participate and enjoy; moreover, there are completely different subjects that will broaden children's horizons. For instance, we have introduced the following: “Scientist Stories,” “Introduction to Philosophy,” “Maps and Navigation,” and “New Generation Professions” which are also associated with the themes. Apart from that, there are also complete sets of materials as such student registration files, in-class theme graphics that educators and administrators might need.
Studies indicate that the most productive age range for children to be able to permanently speak fluently and to have flawless pronunciation is 0 to 7. When it comes to the education of children in this age group, it is a widely accepted fact that the best tool is "play". The fact that OYDO is situated at the very intersection of these two extremely important scientific data leads to "Why OYDO?" constitutes a very brief and concise answer to the question itself.
After examining the studies in the field of education, OYDO, an efficient language development system is designed in line with the needs of every group involved in the education sphere. It is very important to note that OYDO should be in children’s lives before they turn the critical age of 7 when language acquisition is achievable at the native level. Because at this age, a child’s brain is already cognitively ready for language acquisition. Without losing this innate ability to acquire language, with OYDO, this crucial period is used in the most active and efficient way. In OYDO, thanks to games/plays exclusively designed, all the children's language skills can develop simultaneously. Since plays are fun, the learning process occurs instantaneously. As the learning proceeds, the brain's reward mechanism is activated and this neurochemical affirmation increases the child's motivation. Thanks to the plays/games and other complementary elements in OYDO, children learn by listening, talking, being motivated, enjoy repeating and are enthusiastic during the learning process. This way of learning is the best learning method for children. In the OYDO method, children will be in an environment where they can move freely; therefore, they will not be afraid of learning a language and will be willing to learn through play for which is the most natural way of learning. OYDO’s unique system has been created after years of reviewing outstanding academic research and thus this system has been made accessible for both children and their families.
In addition to providing experience, play also has important functions such as attracting the child's attention to the subject, luring curiosity and facilitating to enhance the child's adaptation skills. OYDO includes activities, reinforces the information learned and lets children repeat them in a cosier environment. When it is aimed to teach language as a communication tool, one of the best techniques available in the field is educational games. In a sense, OYDO opens a path for children to gain life experiences. The child is encouraged to use communication skills and will become the individual who is capable of initiating communication in public. OYDO houses mutual playgrounds, where children can constantly speak and be exposed to the target language in a natural way.
As the foundations of OYDO were laid, we concluded that the term "play" may have different meanings or definitions for every individual. Taking into account this perspective, we created several different titles while defining the game.
Children are always eagerly ready to play simply because for children, playing is life itself. Hence, they try to persuade their teachers or parents to let them play longer. Here are a few familiar examples of expressions children normally say when trying to get more "play" time:
According to adults, a game/play is a set of activities that has an important role in children's development. The child is a part of the social environment and the game that she/he plays by herself/himself or with their friends. It is a tool or activity that helps to have fun time.
OYDO knows that children experience their social lives through games. Similarly, almost like any other earthlings do through play children simulate real life. What happens during play that children learn about life? They learn the rules, make rules, observe whether other children accept those rules or not that way they set their own limits. Exactly what happens in real life by taking risks they sometimes win sometimes loose. So, in these situations what goes on in our children's "brains"? As children learn information in the flow of specially designed games, the fear of not being able to learn disappears and a natural learning process starts to work exactly as it should. In other words, thanks to the innate characteristics of humans learning takes place within play itself.
To put it in a simple way, play consists of "Starting", "Continuity" and "Completing" stages thus the process contains a meaningful unity. For example, let's say we play Hide-and-Seek and choose participants from those who are willing to get involved in the game. The rules are explained, the ‘it’ player is chosen, the game starts, then the game continues until the last player has been tapped. Time somewhat disappears. Each child tries to defeat his/her opponent by choosing an appropriate behavior for his/her task in the play, strategizes, makes plans, and positions himself/herself in the most beneficial spatial space... At the end of this process, winners want to play more, the ones who have lost either want to end the game or start to play a different game. During this whole process, in a certain order, some processes take place in their growing brains. Now, let's take a closer look at what happens in children's brains during this given process which is also true for our adult brains. Interdisciplinary studies reveal that when children start to win a game or enjoy a task, the reward mechanism in their brains kicks in, thus create a desire to learn more. In this way, they become more engaged and want to play more. At the end of the day, their belief that they can do this job increases and they want to learn more.
There is no reward or punishment mechanism in the OYDO model. In other words, children motivate and reward themselves. The competition in the games is not about children’s own success or the failure of their friends. Every child starts to internalize that this is a part of their own development. Learning and improving are the most important rewards, and the child becomes aware of his/her own improvement within the team.