Last week, I took Gareth for his second session at Heguru. I met a mother who was attending Heguru with her 4th child – or rather, she was attending a right brain education school with her 4th child. Her first child attended Shichida. She switched over to Heguru because it was more convenient for her. With all her experience in right brain education (her oldest is now 7), I couldn’t resist asking her to share her thoughts. This was what she had to say:
- Read as much as you can about right brain education and attend as many talks as you can because it is important to fully understand it.
- Relax and love your child. It’s all about the love.
- Don’t worry if your child isn’t paying attention. Don’t even worry if your baby falls asleep in class. Even asleep, your child can absorb what is being presented.
- TweedleWink/Shichida/Heguru – it really doesn’t matter which school as long as your child is happy and feeling loved.
Observing her, I have to say that she is one of the most calm and relaxed women I’ve met. According to her, she wasn’t always like this – although I would never have guessed it. With her first child, she was too anxious to make sure her daughter was paying attention and learning. Since realising her mistakes with her first child, she has adapted her reactions with her other children. She says she can see the effects of her projections on her first child compared to the others.
I didn’t get to talk to her as much as I would have liked, but I was glad to get what little insight she shared. Her comments echo what little I have read from Makoto Shichida and Pamela Hickein so I guess we are on the right track. I still haven’t decided which class to cut for the boys – TweedleWink or Heguru – but I figure I’ll wait until the end of term to observe the boys’ reactions to their respective classes.
Currently, I think Gavin prefers Heguru over TweedleWink. Although he told me he prefer TweedleWink over Heguru, I have discovered that his interest in TweedleWink is largely to do with the trains in the play area and the colouring activity at the end of the class. Other than that, he seems intent on making a general nuisance of himself. In Heguru, he actually enjoys the games that they play and he participates in more activities.
As for Gareth, he seems to be quite happy to be in either class. He’s just a very curious baby who is interested in everything – including the stickers on the floor in TweedleWink and the blinds in Heguru. The choice on Gareth’s class is now largely hinging on how I feel. I find myself more comfortable in the TweedleWink class because the room is bigger and there are fewer students. I like the structure and order of the lesson and the laid back environment within the classroom that allows me to nurse Gareth and to pace up and down when he gets fussy. The nature of the class allows me to slip Gareth into the routine more easily.
You could say that how I feel is irrelevant. I thought so, too, at first. However, if you consider that children are very perceptive of our emotions and will reflect how we feel then how I feel is also important because Gareth will react to my emotions. If I am not comfortable in the class, he won’t be either. I have been trying to keep my feelings as neutral as possible, however, I still find myself to be a little more “gan cheong” (not sure if that’s how your spell it) in Heguru compared to TweedleWink.
While Gareth seems quite happy in both classes, I do think he pays more attention to the flashcards in Heguru because they are faster. When the flashcards are slow, he often looks away. He seems to pay more attention to rapidly changing scenes.
For reasons completely unrelated to the class, TweedleWink does have a couple of other benefits over Heguru. They offer replacement classes if you have to miss a class for any reason. They also allow you to stop lessons without penalty fees. So if I were to take the children to Australia for a month to visit their grandparents, I won’t have to pay anything at TweedleWink. However, I would have to pay a RM200 absence fee per child at Heguru.
So which class? Right now it looks like Heguru for Gavin and TweedleWink for Gareth. Since I have paid for the semester in TweedleWink, I think we should reserve the final decision until the end of the semester. Who knows, in a couple of months, the boys may react very differently…
Have your children been to Heguru and TweedleWink? Which did they prefer? Which did you end up staying with? Please share your views in the comments below.