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Bump into this website Everyday Mandala for Children™ and YES! this is what is done in Heguru. So thrilled as I am not able to send the girls for Heguru, will check out their product and see it will help in doing home practise with them.

Below are videos extracted from the site http://www.homeeducation.sg/videos. The Mandala card is flashed to the child for 2 seconds.

I like the comments as well:

“Remember that regular practice and the need to stay positive is of utmost importance. Hence, do not be too eager to ensure your child gets it right everytime.  When children feel pressure coming from their parents, they start losing interest along with their willingness to cooperate.”  ~ I believe this apply to all learning be it right brain activities or academic studies.

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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.

I created the following math worksheets for the girls. Ying was still too young to put her on too much writing exercise. So I used the ‘dot-dot’ stickers which I bought from Becon stationery shop.

I created the following worksheets for them. They LOVE it.

Important rule: I don’t give them all at one time, just one worksheet a day. (Similar to Shichida home exercise rule: you stop before they want to).

So everyday, the worksheet helps to occupy their time for a while and I can squeeze some for myself. 🙂 And the writing part, I let them choose their favourite ‘magic pen’ to trace, with different colors they like.

dot-practise1-1&5

dot-practise2-3&7

dot-practise3-8&2

dot-practise4-10&4

dot-practise5-6&9

dot-practise6-5

If you have attended Heguru, you will find the 四方格 quite familiar, right? I like the way Heguru uses the different size of 四方格 to teach the math; like 3×3, 5×5. (they also have the other random dots like other right brain training schools) Some brilliant kids can even catch the idea of counting by these grouping themselves.

“Mummy, mummy, it’s 50km per hour.” Ling pointed to the road sign we just passed by.

“Mummy, I remember No Left Turn, People No Entry, 小猫咪….” said Ying.

The two girls continued competing to see who remember more ……………

“Mummy, I like Heguru better than Tweedle Wink. ” Ying said suddenly.

“Ya, mummy, I can remember Angkor Wat…. But I like Tweedle Wink better.” Ling commented.

ai ya ya… mummy is going to be really broke.

I think both are wonderful programmes, at least when my daughters come back from the class, they can tell me what they’ve learnt. The children are learning.

Sad isn’t it when think of how expensive the education costs us now. Everything is money.  … sigh…  I pray hard for more good and dedicated teachers, and more good education being shared freely if not more economically. Just hope my sharing here will help those who’ve never attended the class.

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One of the Bao Bei’s teacher shared with me that during flash card session, they mainly focusing on flashing the cards and pronouncing the word accurately; no explanation of the word, where it’s used. The explanation comes later, and definitely not during the flash card session. Based on their experience, example given, if they show the card ‘书’ and teach by saying ‘书’, ‘书包的书’, the children tends to link(remember) the word to ‘书包’ instead of just the character ‘书’. When they are shown the word card, they tend to answer it’s  ‘书包’ instead of the single word ‘书’.

This is the same technique taught in my reading center last time. The franchiser also shared with me, when teaching new words, just flash, repeat, and say it loud and clear only. Explanation session should come separately later when going through the textbook, reading the paragraph made of the words.

So, after all, they are the same findings from two different reading schools 🙂

p.s. In Heguru, they arrange the Chinese flash card in another way. E.g. the flash in the following sequence:

开门

开心

明天

明白

One thing I’m quite impressed during the parents talk @Heguru is that they talk about discipline. It was mentioned that nowadays the major problem faced in Japan schools are children not able to concentrate in class. According to Mr Henmi, it’s mainly due to the free style kindergarten education that the children are not trained to be focus. We did a very simple exercise, when he said some word sounded like ‘lei’, we have to bow, and stay bow almost 90 degree (no other movement), until he uttered another word in Japanese. He said such a simple exercise trains the students to be self controlled, focus and discipline. And this is common practise in Japanese martial art classes as well. And without this ability to be focus, the children is not able to absorb and learn what is taught. I somehow agree to it.

My own experience, my girls do go through the stage (in different degree) where they are restless in the Shichida/Tweedle Wink class. However, at one point, I had a very serious session with the two of them, individually, analysed to them the important of paying attention and following instruction in the class; giving example of what happen if they are moving around and not listening to teachers/senseis, and also even told them why I enrolled them to the class – to learn. Also I asked them, do they want to learn new thing from teacher/sensei? If not, then I have to stop paying and they do not need to attend any classes that they don’t have interest in. Now, we do see the girls do make an effort to stay focus in class. I always stress to them “listen”, “pay attention”, “look at how the teacher/sensei do it”, then you can do it.

According to Mr Henmi, Heguru students (primary school level) at their center can spend 2-3 hours in the class with continuous activities without break and still have a very active and fresh mind where they can pick up what is taught.

Reason I am writing this is because my hubby seems to be a bit disturbed watching some children in my daughters class crawling and hopping around during lesson. And I don’t remember this discipline topics being brought up in Shichida/Tweedle Wink.

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In the class, when the Sensei took out the Vincent Van Gogh flash cards, Ling was so excited and told me, “I like this one, mum.” Both of them listened quietly to the song, looking at the flash cards.

At home after waking up from their nap, Ling suddenly asked me, “Mum, why the Sensei likes to show the flash cards of the boy with 6 kids (there is one flash cards showing Vincent Van Gogh is the eldest of  six siblings) ? ”

“Why dear? I thought you like the song.”

“Yes, but the song is kind of sad. Why Sensei needs to show so many times (she saw this same flashcards for weeks) ?”

“He was a famous artist. He drew a lot of beautiful paintings. Sensei wants to tell a story about him. Do you like his paintings?”

“Yes !”

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