The Top 3 Right Brain Schools

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Keen on enrolling your child in right brain education but not sure where to start? Read on to find out more about the top three Right Brain Education schools:

  • Shichida
  • Heguru
  • TweedleWink

The Differences Between Shichida, Heguru and TweedleWink

  • Pace – TweedleWink believes in following the body’s natural rhythm.  Flashcards should be presented at the same pace as the heartbeat.  Both Shichida and Heguru flash cards very rapidly, approximately 3 cards per second.
  • Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) – There are no ESP activities in the TweedleWink program. Both Shichida and Heguru incorporate activities designed to develop a child’s ESP potential.
  • Repetitions – TweedleWink believes there should be fewer repetitions because repetition is the learning style of the left brain. The right brain, which is photographic, captures new material instantaneously and does not require repetition. Repetitions in Shichida and Heguru fall in between Glenn Doman’s three times per day for five consecutive days and TweedleWink’s once a day for three days.
  • Movement – TweedleWink believes in the importance of movement to enhance learning. Children, especially boys, need to move to absorb new material.  Shichida and Heguru are more structured.
  • Activities – TweedleWink believes that the focus of development in infants and toddlers should be purely right brain only. Activities believed to develop the left brain are slowly incorporated later as the left brain emerges and bridging between left and right hemispheres begin to take place. For example, they do not do linking memory, after-image practice, space memory, and other similar activities in their infant and toddler classes. These activities are only incorporated later once the left brain emerges. In Shichida and Heguru, these activities are done right from the start.
  • Testing – TweedleWink believes that there should be no testing of the children as this promotes left brain bridging and reduces the right brain potential. The philosophy is relationship first.  By virtue of the activities performed in Heguru and Shichida, there is some testing occurring although it is very low-key.

What Happens During the Lesson?

Shichida

  • Good morning song in Japanese
  • Reinforcement of parent’s love
  • Breathing exercise
  • Image play
  • Extra sensory perception (ESP) training
  • Vowel training via song
  • Flash card
  • Eye exercise
  • Photographic memory training
  • Linking memory – memory technique for remembering a long sequence of images
  • Speed reading and listening
  • Puzzles matching game
  • Alphabets training via song
  • Finger play
  • Math with abacus, flash cards, songs and activities
  • Goodbye song in Japanese

Heguru

  • Introductions
  • Flash cards – slow with additional information; stories; songs in other languages; and rapid flashing.
  • Reinforcement of parent love.
  • Eye training.
  • ESP (extra sensory perception) training.
  • Linking Memory – memory technique for remembering a long sequence of images.
  • Mandala Activity – photographic memory training.
  • Mental Imaging – visualising scenarios in the mind.
  • Image Training – reproducing images in the mind.
  • Speed Listening.
  • Puzzles – Tangrams, Iroita.
  • Math with abacus, flash cards, songs, and activities and games.
  • Peg Memory – memory training technique.
  • Music Movement and singing songs.
  • Physical Activity.
  • Space Memory – memory puzzle.
  • Activities – hand writing, puzzles, number memory.
  • Story time.
  • Goodbye.

TweedleWink

Hello and parent-child relationship reinforcement. Throughout the class, children are given opportunity to move around.

  • Vision – visual stimulation and eye training.
  • Vocabulary – new words from a variety of categories using flash cards and multi-sensorial activities.
  • Culture – introduction to a different country and its culture (language, music, map location etc.)
  • Music – perfect pitch training with tuning forks; rhythm training; introduction to different instruments; introduction to different composers and their works.
  • Reading – phonics, handwriting, whole words, hands-on activity, riddles, literary exposure, short story.
  • Math – flash cards, Math, hands-on math activities.
  • Science – a new concept is introduced each week; related hands-on activity.
  • Art – exposure to different artists and their works, and styles of art; art activity for older children/Montessori activity for younger children.
  • Thank you song.

Overview of the Schools

Shichida

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Founder: Makoto Shichida
  • Age suitability: 0-6 years (Pre-junior); 7+ (Junior)
  • Number of kids per class: 5 max
  • Classroom setting: tables and chairs
  • Frequency/duration of class: 60 minutes
  • Languages used during lessons (including songs): Each week – English, Japanese
  • Parent education course (side activities for parents/children besides weekly classes): A compulsory three-hour parent education course for new parents during the first term (RM350 per person/RM595 per couple) – refundable in full when the child completes four continuous terms of the programme. There are also Parentcare workshops, Motivation for Life workshops, Shichida Par-T and Genius Digest sessions organised every term.
  • Fees structure (weekday/weekend): RM1,050/term (3 months) weekday; RM1,200/term (3 months) weekend
  • Registration fee (annual or life time): RM100 (annual); Deposit RM500 (refundable)
  • Home teaching materials? Any additional for purchase? Yes – Handouts. No additional fees. There are also materials available for purchase.
  • Waiting list (number of months): Average 6-9 months
  • Locations: Kuala Lumpur – 86 Jalan Raja Chulan, #12-01 Wisma Lim Foo Yong; Petaling Jaya – Units F1-F7 (Level 2), Centrepoint Bandar Utama
  • Contact details: Tel: 03-2144 2555 (KL) / 03-7727 8149 (PJ)
  • Website: shichidamethod.com
  • Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 9am-6.30pm

Heguru

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Founder: Hirotada and Ruiko Henmi
  • Age suitability: 0-12 years old
  • Number of kids per class: 6 max
  • Classroom setting: floor
  • Frequency/duration of class: 60 minutes
  • Languages used during lessons (including songs): Each week – Japanese, English, Chinese. Occasionally – variety of other languages that vary from week to week.
  • Parent education course (side activities for parents/children besides weekly classes): Fortnightly video message from founders. Optional parent education courses conducted by the founders when arranged by the school.
  • Fees structure (weekday/weekend): RM400/mth weekday; RM450/mth weekend.
  • Registration fee (annual or life time): RM100 (annual); Deposit RM500 (refundable)
  • Home teaching materials? Any additional for purchase? Yes – Handouts. No additional fees. There are also materials available for purchase.
  • Waiting list (number of months): Depends on class and time slot (varies from month to month)
  • Locations: Unit 27-3, Block B, Signature Office, Mid Valley Boulevard.
  • Contact details: Tel: 03-22872168
  • Website: heguru.com.my
  • Opening Hours: Wed-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9:30am-7pm; Sun 9:30am-3:30pm.

TweedleWink

  • Country of origin: US
  • Founder: Pamela Hickein and Wennie Sun
  • Age suitability: 0-6 (TweedleWink); 4+ (Wink)
  • Number of kids per class: 5 max
  • Classroom setting: floor
  • Frequency/duration of class: 60 minutes
  • Languages used during lessons (including songs): One new language every week (depending on Country studied). If the country is English speaking, then no new languages.
  • Parent education course (side activities for parents/children besides weekly classes): Yes – book and DVD upon registration. Optional weekly parents’ gatherings. Optional online courses available (TweedleWink – US$98; Wink – US$197; Interfamily Archetypes – US$98)
  • Fees structure (weekday/weekend): RM1080/term (3 months) weekday; RM1200/term (3 months) weekend.
  • Registration fee (annual or life time): RM300 (lifetime); RM300 (refundable)
  • Home teaching materials? Any additional for purchase? Yes – Handouts. No additional fees. There are also materials available for purchase.
  • Waiting list (number of months): Depends on class and time slot. They require a minimum of three students to open a new time slot.
  • Locations: Petaling Jaya – B-2-01, Neo Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/1, Bandar Damansara Perdana. Puchong – 30-2, Jalan Puteri 1/4, Bandar Puteri. Klang – 20, Jalan Mahogani 1/ KS 7, Bandar Botanic.
  • Contact details: Tel: 03-77101090 (PJ) / 03-03-8063-8733 (Puchong) / 03-03-3325-7808 (Klang); Mobile: 012-2656018 (PJ) / 012-3801733 (Puchong) / 017-2552422 (Klang)
  • Website: rightbrainkids.com
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm.

From the Horse’s Mouth

Shichida

Some other methods use mainly flashcards or worksheets for their training whereas The Shichida Method™ focus on drawing out the innate imagery system in learning through fun techniques. Parents will be taught how to use stimulating materials during the public seminar. We provide parents the foundation to help their children and not to over-emphasise academic performance, much seen in other types of programmes.

Today, the 21st Century is called the Century of the Brain. It is the right time now to have babies because The Shichida Method™ is revealing to us how we can bring up a child with less stress, more joy and in a successful manner. Our nation can then have many capable and useful citizens with a strong commitment to serve society and to serve with a great heart and positive mindset.

Jocelyn Khoo, Director of Shichida Method

Heguru

Heguru is the result of 27 years of research. It is a wholesome and balanced education which places importance in character building to inculcate a positive attitude towards life.

‘Developing Potential Abilities’ is the main theme of HEGL education. It means activating the genes that are asleep within the individual. HEGL education is an epoch-making method that shows how to activate the gene. When children are trained to fully utilise their right brain, this ability will greatly enhance their learning ability and they become high achievers.

Tam Yu Li, Representative of Heguru Malaysia

TweedleWink

TweedleWink is a balanced program that teaches both sides of the brain based on the child’s development with the Montessori philosophy (where the child takes the lead) as our foundation.

We do not teach ESP, although we encourage children to use heart-based intuition and creativity. We teach speed reading based on a solid foundation of early reading skills. We teach to the rhythm of the heart because we believe a more rapid rate of delivery can over-stimulate the nervous system. We empower our teachers to use their own right-brain creativity and we encourage children to move because movement is good for the brain. We also believe that a strong relationship between the child and the parent is vital.

Wennie Sun, Co-founder of TweedleWink Malaysia

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

9 thoughts on “The Top 3 Right Brain Schools

    1. Hi Laila,

      If your boy is active, I think Tweedlewink would be best because there is more room for kids to move. Heguru and Shichida are more sitting still.

  1. Hi Dr.
    My son going to be 2 years old end of this month, but still unable to talk and communicate.
    In your opinion, which would be a better one for him?
    Thank you.

    1. It has been a while since we were attending any of the right brain schools and a lot may have changed. Also bear in mind that we never attended Shichida, although I have seen the premises and I have spoken to parents who took their children there.

      I started taking my younger boy when he was preverbal so I don’t think it matters which class you choose. It is also which environment suits him best – his personality and how he relates to the teachers. If you have the time, I would encourage you to visit each place and observe your child in a trial class if they still offer these.

      Personally, I thought my older child was better suited to Heguru and the younger one to TweedleWink. But it was hard to have two kids in two different places so I moved the younger to Heguru because he was the more adaptable child.

      That said, I don’t think you would go too far wrong in any of the three schools.

      Sorry if this answer seems to be sitting on the fence but there is no clear cut best school and what works for one child may not be as good for another.

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