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Went for the Tweedle Wink Parents Talk Saturday evening. Basically it explains the right brain and left brain education, and explain the important of love and relationship-first approach they have taken.

After digesting what I heard and reconnected to what I learnt and experience thus far (I am still learning), just would like to share some of my thought here.

This is how I want to group the right brain educations here ,

Shichida and Heguru – more on technically right brain training and practises; very good if the kids can cope and don’t feel stressed. Just my believe: some kids don’t feel the stress and enjoy the challenge of all these high speed activities. And sometimes, I think the parents are more stressed and worried.

Tweedle Wink – allow me to use the terms used in the presentation: they are more on  “planting seeds” with the aim to nurture the passion to learn, which is for the long run. They are generally more gentle in merging the left brain and right brain learning.

Another point which I strongly agree with Pamela (I believe this is mentioned in Prof Mahkoto Shichida as well) that the most important part of right brain education lies on parents.

The right brain learns when the child feels loved, trusted, and feels secured. They know the faith their parents have on them which back them up to explore, have passion and to learn new things.

The one hour weekly program won’t do any help if at home the parents are throwing all kind of negative messages, gesture and input to the child. It won’t help if the child don’t think that:  it’s ok to be wrong, it’s ok to be not getting the right answer every time, it’s ok to take time to think and understand, and make mistake many many times. It won’t help if all the child knows is: I am not good, I am stupid, I am useless, I am bad, I bring shame to my family.

Lastly, let me share this story I love the most from Shichida (I can’t remember I share this before, if yes, just treat it as a long winded aunty, trying to tell the same old story again and again :P ):

A boy went to meet Prof Mahkoto Shichida and he was showing Prof Mahkoto Shichida his school result which he scored below 10 marks out of 100. Well, after seeing his result, Prof Mahkoto Shichida said: that was good. He explained to the boy that that means he can do better and get higher mark next time VS if he already got 100.

(Sorry, not a good story teller). Morale of the story: always look at the good side, and don’t use a magnifying glass to see the shortcoming of a child, and always remember the child is changing, growing and learning every single minutes, this is just a phase that he/she is going through (一个过程).

Was chit chatting with my hubby while waiting for our girls who were still in their ballet class. We talked about all these right brain enrichment classes that we have attended and comparing the flash cards session from these classes.

Yes. The things taught in Tweedle Wink class are different every week, and the flash cards are slower, and the pace for the activities in the classroom are slower if you compare with Shichida where most of the activities are to be completed in few minutes time. Another difference is there are a lot more supplementary activities to help the children learnt the topics that are taught in class. One example, the Cultures flash cards where every week a different country is being introduced: after watching the flash cards, the country national anthem is played; each children are given a small card with the country map on it to have a closer look and feel; and the teacher will ask the children  to find the location of the country from the big world map on the wall; and the teacher will show the way starting from Malaysia to reach that location/country; and the teacher will show them where it is on the 3D globe as well. And from my girls feedback, they do talk a little more in class. All this additional activities help the children to understand and remember what is being taught.

For Heguru (and Shichida), the flash cards are normally repeated for certain amount of weeks before a new topic is introduced.  And what we notice, in Heguru, for example, the Road Sign or Elements flash cards, every week a new card is introduced together with the previous week set, and one old card is also taken out. So, when think about it, it’s a bit like Glen Doman way too. And it’s flashed in a fairly fast manner. Another thing that we think Heguru did quite well is that they use quite a number of background music/songs when presenting the flash cards/topic. My favourite examples are the sad Vincent Van Gogh song, and  the funny digestive system song and teaching material. We believe it helps to leave a very deep impression (image) in children mind. And my personal opinion, it’s much more closer to the Right Brain training/education by Prof Mahkoto Shichida.

Now the question, will the children learn all things taught in these once a week class (well, like other kiasu and calculative parents, trying to see the value returned from the $$$ spent).

This is just what I think: Tweedle Wink, the topics taught are different weekly. And it’s almost impossible to expect a child(even an adult) to pick up all things (every single one) taught in the class with only one time exposure to it. But then, with the additional activities and hands on, they learn if not all. They do. Another good point Tweedle Wink has is the DVD. So, you can revise what is taught in the class at home by playing the DVD. Well, through this repetitive input, the child learns more and the higher chances the knowledge stays in the child mind. And I personally find this is very close to our normal or natural way of learning.

For Heguru (Shichida), the flash cards are used/shown for several weeks before it’s replaced with another topics of flash cards (though new cards are added each week for the same topic). To me, it seems like it’s doing the repetitive input weekly until it is absorbed into the children mind. Yes. The children also  learn this way. Just that I think we can do better, rip better result if this process is done daily (by right, it should be done daily, just like what is mentioned in Glen Doman method). But then, well, there is no DVD and what taught in class is not shared / provided to the parents to revise with the children at home.

In general, I think these classes shouldn’t be a once a week kind of class. It should be something like Bao Bei: repetitive exposure and very frequently, this will speed up the time to acquire the knowledge.

I feel sad every time when I think of how expensive all these education has become. It shouldn’t be.

This week the girls went through lesson 6 of Tweedle Wink class.

Ying came home and told me, “Mummy, ” with her hands on her chest, “our heart pump the blood. “

“Oh, is it?” I asked.

“Yes, pumping the blood to the whole body,” .. then she started skipping and singing along “pumping, pumping, pumping.”

“Who teach you one?”

“Teacher lo…”

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Ling came home, playing in front of the house, and noticed one of the leaves of my plants turned yellow. “Mummy, you see, that leave is orange.”

“Ya, I think not enough water, and the weather is too hot.”

Ling kept quiet for a while, “Ya, just like our body. Good thing goes to the brown part of our body, ” pointing to one part of her body, “and bad thing goes to the pink part.”

“Oh really? What is the brown part? What is the pink part?”

Ling smiled and said, “Oh, I kind of forget.  … ee.. it’s part of our body system.”

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“Ying, where did you go today?”

“I don’t know.”

“Is it Kenya?”

“Yes. There is a lot of animals there.”

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“Ling, where did you go today?”

“Kenya.”

Tweedle Wink @Bandar Puteri Puchong will be having an open day on 26th & 27th of December from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Address: No 30-2, Jalan Puteri 1/4, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor.

Tel: 012-3801223

Hello, Kathleen.

We have some very good news! We are so excited because it’s getting
close to opening of our three brand new schools in the Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia area!

Many of you have been eagerly awaiting this, and we thank you
so much for your patience while we have been busy getting our new
TweedleWink schools ready.

TWEEDLEWINK EXPANDS

We have redesigned a wonderful TweedleWink curriculum that is
going to be taught at our three new locations — one location in
Neo Damansara, another in Puchong and the third location in Klang.

Along with our carefully designed curriculum is a group of specially
trained, loving and gentle teachers personally trained and approved
by Pamela Hickein, the creator of TweedleWink Right Brain Education.

EARLY PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT

Since you have expressed your interest in Right Brain Education
and our programs, we want to give you the chance to pre-register
for our “Early bird” registration discount which we are giving
to the first 50 people who pre-register.

Sessions for Term 1 are scheduled to begin in January 2010.

OPEN HOUSE AT NEO DAMANSARA

To introduce you to our school we’re going to have an Open House
at our headquarters at Neo Damansara on Saturday and Sunday,
December 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

FORMS ATTACHED: SCHEDULES, PRE-REGISTRATION AND OPEN HOUSE

See the attached PDF file for our program schedules, registration
instructions, the dates and time of our Open House and for your
“Early bird” pre-registration form.

(Print both registration form pages on your printer, and fill out.)

Please feel free to stop by our Open House on Saturday, December 5,
or Sunday, December 6.

For more information, call us at 012-265 6018.

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House, or to hearing
from you very soon!

Sincerely,

Pamela and Wennie
TweedleWink Right Brain Education

…where learning begins with a hug!

http://www.rightbrainkids.com/


I received the following newsletter from Right Brain Kids.

SPECIAL WEEKEND PROMOTIONAL DISCOUNT

During this first weekend as we introduce TweedleWink Volume 7,
we’ll be offering it for USD $10 off its regular price.

We’ve made this promotional discount available online right NOW.
Then at the end of this weekend (Sunday night) the DVD price will
revert back to its regular price.

And the topics covered in the DVD are:

Art: Edouard Manet, wood carvings, Sandro Botticelli, knitting stitches
Science: Animal cells, the carbon-oxygen cycle, elements from the periodic table, vertebrates
Cultures: Portugal, Russia, Columbia, Singapore
Perfect pitch: The tones E and F#, F and G, F# and G#, G and A
Speed reading: Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
Vocabulary: Insects, leaves, uniforms, conifer trees, seasons, shells, rescue vehicles, kitchen herbs and spices, street signs, carpentry hardware
Math: Skip counting: By five, by six, by seven, by eight
Word building: Words that begin with “R, “S,” “T” and “V”
Whole words: Simple sentences
Poetry: Selections of works from Eleanor Farjeon, Emily Dickinson, The Bible: Old Testament, Witter Bynner

If you are interested to purchase the DVD, check out their website: http://www.rightbrainkids.com/

I have the set of Tweedle Wink DVDs. What do I think after using it?

Well, it covers quite a lot, from culture, art, science, speed reading, math, phonics, perfect pitch, poetry, vocabulary, visual enhancement, and more.

My girls like it, but because there are 4 lessons in one DVD, a lot of times they loose focus after the second one. So, like other products, I believe parents need to control and plan the lesson.

The girls like the perfect pitch a lot. May be because they attended the class, so they will stand up when this chapter starts. Will raise up one leg when it’s playing whole note. When half note and quarter note, they will change leg following the note played.

And I find the phonics and vocabulary booster parts quite good.

For art, especially when showing the gallery of the famous artists, I think the quality of the pictures need a lot of improvement, quite blur.  I expect to see something clearer and bigger in size which is easier for the children to see and appreciate the art.

I quite like the science and geography part, like they introduce the solar system, parts of atoms, the oceans and continents, etc.

Generally quite good, may be for the vocabulary and phonics parts, the slide needs to be faster a bit. Also, need to have a good sound system at home. May be I am not from an English speaking background, sometimes, especially the culture and photo eye play with poem, I can’t catch the word spoken clearly. Just my two cents.

What is my preference, manual flashcards or video flashcards? I still prefer manual flashcards.

Below is a sample flashcard lesson on the DVD.

Last night I was reading through the picture dictionary with the two princesses, and when come to the picture of sea urchin, Ling shouted out and said, “Ya, ya, I see this before in Twindle Wink. Twindle Wink one got shining shining one. There also got submarine and we can drive under the sea .. ” .. and Ying said, “Ya, it got the sharp sharp thing and can poke you one.”

They really can remember what they see during the “Field Trip” in Tweedle Wink. Sometimes Ling will murmur before sleep, and she did mention that she miss Tweedle Wink.

Dear, mummy miss it too. :)

I received the latest newsletter about Tweedle Wink. Good news for us all here. :)

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The kindest of kind greetings to you!

We are writing to our all of neighbors in Malaysia.

TERIMA KASIH

We would like to thank you so much for welcoming us into your
beautiful country — full of rich culture and unique history.
Some of you may know that we are in the process of making Malaysia
our second home. Our Asia outreach needs a center of operation
and Malaysia is ideal in many ways.

TRAINING

We will begin public training very soon — beginning October, 2009.
For the next few months, training will be held in Malaysia
almost exclusively.

You have probably heard about this in a separate e-mail. If not,
then please click here to learn more:

http://www.rightbrainkids.com/level2training/

TWEEDLEWINK PRICES IN MALAYSIA

Our products are priced for the international market. We know this
is challenging for families in Malaysia. The cost of living here
is much lower, on average, than other places in the world.
Because of this, we have done our best to offer special prices
at local bookfair events. We will continue to do so, or run
specials through our local centers.

For higher level training for teachers, the price will remain
the same to be fair to students around the world. However, we will
make exceptions for local Malaysian teachers who are interested
in working for us or with the licensed centers that teach our
methods through a win-win contract.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We are in the process of expanding our services. We’d love to
have you join us!

Read the rest of this entry »

About 3 weeks ago, during the session in Twindle Wink, there was one part where the children were told they were going to a forest. Then the teacher led them to a room, light was off, and the children were given a small torch light. What a surprise. They decorated the room with leaves, small plants, toys(animals), boxes (caves). Just like a forest. Then the teacher  show the way and asked the children to look for different different animals and plants. :) .. I better don’t disclose too much, then no surprise already.

Then the following week, they explored the forest again, but this time, the teacher wanted them to look for seeds of a plant, like coconut, rubber seed, etc.

And last week, they took the trip again, but this time, they smell the different different plants like pandan leaves, that was taught in the previous sessions (forgot to mention, every session, they will introduce some plants with flash cards, story/info about the plants, what is it used for, etc, and always ended with the real plant for the kids to touch and smell).

Keep up the good work Tweedle Wink.


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