Currently, there are three right brain training schools in Malaysia – Shichida, Heguru, and TweedleWink. Up until recently, the only one I’ve had first hand knowledge of is Heguru. Gavin has been attending classes at Heguru for nearly three months now. Although I have heard the opinions of other mothers regarding Shichida versus Heguru, I have never really seen Shichida to form my own opinion. I did try to get Gareth registered for Shichida but the waiting list was really long and since the school locations aren’t particularly convenient for me, I didn’t think it was worth the trouble.
This is what I learned…
The Functions of the Left and Right Brains
The left brain:
- is responsible for conscious awareness
- processes logical thought
- provides short-term memory
- takes in information slowly
- likes detailed analysis
- works in a linear, sequential fashion
- requires reason – why?
- favours learning through the physical senses – touch, feel, sight, taste, hear
- learns through repetition
- uses words, lists, and numbers
- processes data one at a time
- is practical and works well under stress
On the other hand, the right brain:
- is responsible for subconscious awareness
- processes abstract thought
- provides long-term memory
- takes in information rapidly
- is photographic – whole-picture comprehension
- works in creative, imaginative ways
- favours intuition
- soaks up information like a sponge
- uses rhythm, shapes and picture images
- processes data all at once
- is emotional, works best when fully relaxed
Right Brain Education has its roots from the philosophies of Maria Montessori, Glenn Doman, Makodo Shichida, and Tony Buzan – to name a few. Like Shichida and Heguru, TweedleWink is a right brain development program for children from birth to 6 years. The philosophy of all three programs is the same in that they believe children are born right brain oriented and gradually transition towards left brain dominance as they grow older. Usually by about 6 years is when the left brain completely takes over.
Early right brain dominance is the reason why children from birth to age six have the exponential capacity to learn new things at a phenomenal rate. This is because the right brain has no learning limits – it absorbs everything indiscriminately. It is only when the left brain becomes active that children begin to filter out things. Early left brain transition can limit a child’s utilisation of this potential, that is why TweedleWink believe it is important to preserve right brain activity for as long as possible. In so doing, you can:
- Activate both hemispheres of the brain
- Accelerate learning
- Enhance memory
- Acquire multiple languages easily, and with little accent
- Stimulate the visual centers
- Activate photographic memory
- Develop speed reading
- Promote spatial visualization
While this is also the thinking of Shichida and Heguru, there are differences between how TweedleWink encourages right brain activity compared to Shichida and Heguru. TweedleWink believes that feeling loved forms a strong foundation upon which children are able to learn. This is why their program focuses heavily on relationship as the first building block to tapping a child’s right brain potential. This also ties into why babies need love to learn because the right brain thrives on emotions such as love.
Because TweedleWink believe it is important to keep the right brain active for as long as possible, their style of teaching presents information that is more right-brain friendly. Heguru presentation of information is geared more towards the left brain which TweedleWink believes will promote a faster transition to the left brain. Although this allows Heguru parents to observe results more quickly, it is believed to decrease right brain activity.
The right brain learns through unstructured play. Left brain learns through a structured and logical manner. TweedleWink promotes the right brain’s method of learning by purposefully avoiding a classroom structure. If a child is upset or disconnected from his parents, TweedleWink believe it is more important for the parent to reconnect with the child before continuing the lesson, because a disconnected child cannot learn effectively. The right brain is emotional and this disconnect prevents its ability to function properly.
The TweedleWink program is typically laid back and friendly which follows the right brain’s need for relaxation to learn. It also includes more physical activity which is another important part of the developmental process for the right brain.
Glenn Doman stresses that if you want to help your child develop a love for learning, don’t test him! TweedleWink follows this philosophy. They don’t test. They believe it is important to avoid testing in order to keep the right brain engaged. Tests are for the left brain. The TweedleWink program focuses on providing a rich, playful environment for children to learn.
The TweedleWink program aims to keep right brain learning open for longer and is focused on delaying the child’s transition to the left brain. That children will automatically transition to the left brain is a given. The purpose of delaying the transition is to maximise a child’s early learning potential which is infinitely greater than the learning capacity of the left brain. The learning capacity of a child’s first six years is greater than the sum of his learning capacity in the next twelve years (7 to 18 years old).
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