Right Brain Kids TweedleWink Background
The story begins in a large Montessori infant, toddler, preschool, and elementary school in the US called Montessori International. Although they began as a Montessori program, they eventually began to incorporate Doman style flash-cards and other accelerated learning techniques to children ages zero to twelve. In the early 90’s, they added right brain education into the mix and in the mid-90’s, they added Reggio (an Italian Art program) and HeartMath.
In essence, TweedleWink is a blended program, that focusses on relationships because they believe that relationship is the key to even greater results and happiness for the child.
Right Brain Kids Program – TweedleWink and Wink
Here is more information on their program from Pamela Hickein (my comments are in italics):
If you teach a child TweedleWink from birth, the left and right brain pathways learn to function together because it is a more “whole brain program.” We use TweedleWink for early childhood education, and then graduate the child to Wink when the left brain has fully emerged and needs more right brain support.
(As far as I understand, all right brain education programs are “whole brain programs”. The term “right brain education” is a misnomer.)
Step 1: Right Brain Kids TWEEDLEWINK (for 0-6 years, although Wennie Sun has stated that you can and should continue this program even for older children for as long as you can because the intention is to develop the right brain as much as possible before the left brain begins to dominate) includes 12 techniques to stimulate the whole brain:
4 techniques –> right brain enrichment
3 techniques –> development of the corpus callosum (the bridge between left and right)
4 techniques –> left brain enrichment
the last technique –> whole brain integration and prepares them to graduate to Wink
These techniques are gently, gradually presented as the child grows and develops. A newborn would receive techniques 1-7 in a lesson, for example. Little infants are in a pure right brain state and do not need left brain enrichment until later months. Once a child is at the 12th technique in TweedleWink (between age 4-7), we graduate them to Wink, which helps them keep developing the right brain through photographic memory, speed reading and alpha wave training.
Step 2: Right Brain Kids WINK (4 years to adult, although Wennie Sun encourages parents to delay the introduction of the Wink program for as long as possible, particularly if the children demonstrate that they are still largely in the right brain state) encourages the right brain to stay open after the left brain self-expression of thought emerges.
Most educational systems utilise left brain education. Wink can be used in schools before teaching academic material, or during breaks–or at home after school or at night as a “balancer” to keep the right brain strong. It only takes 10-15 minutes a day to keep the right brain open–and once it is really active, children and teens don’t have to do much to keep it open. As long as a child feels LOVED, they can keep that pathway open and active and enjoy learning with both sides of the brain.
Once a child has consciously learned Wink techniques, and use their photographic or speed intake abilities often, they don’t really need games or activities or lessons from us to maintain their abilities. They often use their knowledge to help mentor others.