Right Brain Kids: TweedleWink Program

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The TweedleWink Right Brain Education system focuses on eight areas.

  1. Eyes Exercises
  2. Vocabulary
  3. World Culture
  4. Music
  5. Reading
  6. Math
  7. Science
  8. Art

Part 1: Vision Enhancement – Eye Exercises

Eye Exercises are used to increase the amount of information taken in through the optic nerves. The exercises are designed to stimulate and strengthen the eyes, the optic nerves and the parts of the brain that work with the images of sight. By activating these specific nerve channels, it helps to pave the way for photographic imaging, speed reading and memory work.

Eye stimulation impacts vision, relaxation, memory, emotion, thought, creativity, motivation — even creative intuition. The eyes are intricately linked to the brain. About one-tenth of the brain is geared toward receiving optic images. And it takes a whopping one-third of the brain to make process these images!

Watch the following video of Pamela Hickein (TweedleWink founder) talking about about Right Brain, Vision Enhancement and Early Childhood Education:

In this video, Pamela Hickein talks about Eye Exercises and how they teach to both sides of your brain. The video covers:

  • The eye-to-brain connection
  • Exercises to stimulate the rods and cones of yoru eyes
  • A sample exercise is shown
  • Materials you can use for making your own exercises

Part 2 & 3: Vocabulary and World Culture Lessons

The right brain sees words as shapes. The left brain sees words as objects that first need some decoding. When you give a child a word flashcard, they’ll first see the shape, and remember the shape. Then as you give them tools (for instance, phonics) and present an association of the word with sounds, they start to incorporate their left brain to read.

The aim of the Vocabulary lessons in the TweedleWink program is to plant seeds, so that your child’s genius – whatever passion that will emerge in terms of their particular motivations and partialities – and the neural connections are made, nurtured and strengthened.

Then, with preparation, the children will take imaginary trips to different parts of the world to experience them in their mind and mind’s eye as they learn about the different cultures around the world.

Watch the following video excerpt of Pamela Hickein on Vocabulary, World Cultures, Early Learning Program:

In this video she talks about how TweeedleWink uses Vocabulary exercises to “plant seeds” of concepts, objects and words that forge early neural connections in your child’s brain. She then discusses how World Culture lessons help create an awareness of other people and places.

The video covers the following topics:

  • Determining general brain dominances in your child
  • Planting early brain neural connections
  • How intelligences is related to greater neural connections
  • How we present vocabulary lessons to introduce the linking of neural connections
  • How the right brain learns
  • How the left brain decodes what the right brain absorbs
  • World Cultures in forging early connections with other people and places
  • How we take “magic carpet rides”
  • How the children have extended their journeys

Part 4 & 5: Music and Reading Lessons

The TweedleWink program offers perfect pitch training (with or without tuning forks – available as a separate component) and musical notation. The flashcard component follows the method by the “father” of flashcards – Glenn Doman. The addition of flashcards are a tremendous brain booster in early learning and reading development.

Watch the following video presentation by Pamela Hickein on Music, Reading, and the Montessori Accelerated Learning System:

In this video, she talks about how Music lessons are incorporated into a Right Brain Education learning environment, as well as gives some background into how the TweedleWink Right Brain Education program itself developed and matured over the 20 years it has been growing.

This video covers:

  • Music frequencies and emotional frequencies
  • Both sides of the brain listen to music
  • The context of learning to read in a right brain environment
  • Maria Montessori and the environment of honoring the child
  • Flashcard pioneer Glenn Doman
  • Other methods added to expand our Reading lessons
  • Recognizing each child’s gift and “specialness”
  • Making relationships the first priority before expecting results

Part 6, 7 & 8: Math, Science, and Art lessons

In the Math lessons, the TweedleWink Program incorporates math with dots and dot clusters. The left brain cannot handle random dots. It needs them clustered, like on the faces of dice. So clustering is used so that the right and the left hemispheres can work together. Imaging is also used so that the right brain is involved.

In the Science lessons, children are taught all sorts of basic concepts. As a parent, it it important to be mindful of what kind of input your child is absorbing. For instance, if you show your child the Periodic Table of the Elements, when they see it in ten years or so (or whenever it is introduced in school), they’ll have the memory of already knowing it. They will have great confidence in diving-in to learn more about the Periodic Table. The idea is to establish quality neural networks early. Remember that you are planting seeds.

In the Art lessons, children are exposed to different kinds of art – fine art, cultural art, etc. The philosophy is that art is a thoughtform that comes through the right brain, pressing over the corpus collosum (bridge), and coming to the left brain for expression.

Watch the following video of Pamela Hickein on Math, Science, Art, Teaching Elementary Foundations:

In this video she talks about how Math, Science and Art lessons are incorporated into and presented in the context of a right brain learning environment.

The video covers the following topics:

  • The principles behind the Math lessons
  • Clustering vs. random dots
  • Providing quality information to build neural connections for later in life
  • Art as an expressed thoughtform
  • How the right brain and left brain work together — creating expression

Next Steps: Once the children are ready, they will graduate from TweedleWink to the Wink Program. Learn more about the Wink Program.

About Right Brain Kids

For over 20 years Pamela Hickein and Wennie Sun (founders of Right Brain Kids) have been on a mission to create a comprehensive right brain program that can work in many schools, under many cultural leanings and with many different teachers and their predisposed teaching styles. They think and feel that they have finally arrived at a successful, balanced, integrated system.

More about Right Brain Kids philosophies.

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.

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