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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 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. 🙂
The kindest of kind greetings to you!
We are writing to our all of neighbors in Malaysia.
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.
We will begin public training very soon — beginning October, 2009.
For the next few months, training will be held in Malaysia
You have probably heard about this in a separate e-mail. If not,
then please click here to learn more:
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.
We are in the process of expanding our services. We’d love to
have you join us!
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.
All this while, my two princesses ain’t quite good at this in Shichida. At home also, they are a bit reluctant to try after 10 cards. The younger one worse still, don’t even know what is going on most of the time in the class.
In Tweedle Wink, for 3 year old, the teacher starts this exercise with actual toys, when telling the story, at the same time she will put the characters (toys) one by one following the sequence. Then the teacher will close the toys with some small buckets, then it’s show time for the children. They will need to find the character of the story by opening up the correct bucket.
I am not sure for others, but this works just fine for my little one. Now she can understand what’s the game is about. No more blank eyes 😛
Dear, mummy loves you 🙂