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Right Brain Education…Unveiled
In today’s challenging world, having a high IQ no longer guarantees success. A well-rounded individual comes from a background where he is loved, knows how to love and has a balance of intellectual and emotional intelligence. That’s where the Right Brain Education (RBE) comes in to realise a child’s highest potential. What exactly does RBE do? Lee Shen-Li investigates.
What is it?
In the 1960s, Dr Roger Sperry performed split-brain experiments revealing distinct differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. His findings inspired new techniques for developing the brain by tapping into both sides of the brain to utilise their unique potential strengths. Individuals such as Tony Buzzan and Edward de Bono came up with new educational methods.
At about the same time, physical therapist Glenn Doman discovered that specific movements helped stimulate brain development. He applied what he had learned to brain-injured children and discovered that he could help these children catch up in development to their “normal” peers. He then applied the same methods with “normal” children and witnessed amazing results. These methods evolved into an accelerated program for teaching children to read, do math, develop encyclopaedic knowledge and be physically superb from infancy.
When Makoto Shichida, a Japanese professor in education heard about these developmental techniques, he began to apply them on very young children through child-friendly methods. These children began to develop at an amazing rate, revealing enhanced abilities. Some had photographic memory; some were extremely creative; some had superior IQ; some had superb linguistic skills and were able to master multiple languages; some developed perfect pitch; some developed excellent intuition – the children developed a variety of these abilities and more. These methods were so successful with young children that a school was eventually formed to teach the Shichida Method. From there, other schools followed quickly – Heguru (HEGL) and Right Brain Kids (TweedleWink/Wink).
Eight Goals of RBE
Goal 1: Develop a Loving Relationship between Parent and Child
It is important to foster a loving relationship between parent and child because the right brain abilities can only be reached when the child feels loved. When there is discord and disharmony, especially between parent and child, learning problems emerge and the pathway to the right brain closes. Focusing on developing the relationship between parent and child not only facilitates learning, it also helps to strengthen the family unit.
Goal 2: Develop Right Brain Senses
Touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight are all considered left brain senses. Similarly, the right brain also has its own set of senses which Professor Makoto Shichida referred to as “HSP” or Heightened Sensory Perception. RBE helps to develop the right brain senses to enhance the individual’s intuition and perception.
Goal 3: Enlarge the Brain Capacity
HEGL states that the brain is like a cup – it can only hold so much information before it begins to overflow. Therefore, the fundamental step before knowledge acquisition is to increase the brain’s container. Current educational programs focus only on knowledge acquisition. RBE, however, focuses on enlarging the brain’s capacity first so that it is capable of storing even more information.
Goal 4: Make Learning Easy and Fun
The human brain has abilities that surpass the capabilities of any computer ever designed by man. Unfortunately, most individuals are not always able to tap into these abilities. RBE helps children to utilise their brain’s full potential at will so that learning becomes easy and enjoyable.
Goal 5: Input Knowledge
RBE helps to create a library of information in the right brain that can be accessed at any time by children who have effectively developed the connection between the left and right brains.
Goal 6: Enhance Left and Right Brain Connection (Corpus Callosum)
Developing only the right brain does not create genius. It is the combination of the left and right hemispheres functioning together as one seamless unit that produces genius. In order for an individual to utilise their whole brain effectively, the connection between the left and right hemispheres must be properly developed to facilitate communication between the two halves.
Goal 7: Develop Creativity
Information that is memorised using left brain pathways relies on muscle memory. It requires considerable repetition in order for the information to be stored. RBE not only helps children remember new information more easily and completely, it also helps them to use that information creatively.
Goal 8: Help Children Discover Their Genius Potential
Children who are able to learn effortlessly have more time to explore the world around them. This enables them to discover and develop their individual passions free from the distraction of arduous learning. For example, these children spend less time studying material taught at school so they are able to pursue personal areas of interests instead of having to attend tuition classes after school. Their heightened senses, developed through RBE, and their increased confidence allows them to pursue any course they desire.
RBE enhances a child’s learning ability. Individuals who have been through RBE in childhood have demonstrated the ability to absorb new information quickly and easily. These individuals are also well-adjusted, confident and very successful in the various pursuits they have undertaken, be it in sports, music, academics, or with any other aspect of their lives.
In a nutshell, right brain kids can develop any combination of the following abilities and characteristics following their individual inclinations:
- photographic memory
- speed reading capability
- highly creative and imaginative
- superior intellect
- superb linguistic skills
- perfect pitch
- extraordinarily intuitive
- exceptional sporting skills
- music brilliance
- able to perform computer-like calculations
- charming personality
What Parents Say…
“I think it is too soon to see the benefits of RBE. However, I feel that the programme has exposed Timothy to many different subjects. As a result, he has an expansive general knowledge. My son has a vivid imagination, speaks well and has a large vocabulary for his age, although I think this is also because we read to him a lot.”
– Lim Su Hoon is mum to Timothy Ee, 29 months who has been attending Heguru for 16 months.
“After one year of studying at Heguru, there is tremendous improvement in my daughter. The most obvious changes are her memory and reading skill. Due to this, she now loves to learn and is able to absorb new things or new subjects very fast. For example, she is able to remember new words, song lyrics and dance steps. What I am most impressed with is that she has become braver and dares to present herself with confidence in front of other people during the class.”
– Nur Diyana binti Zainal is mum to Raja Athira Sofea, 4. They have been attending Heguru for 13 months.
“I think it’s still early to tell what the benefits have been for my children. It is the potential of what can come that drives me to continue sending them for right brain classes. Sometimes, encouraging signs manifest in precious moments, like when the kids play memory games surprise us when we least expect it.”
– Tey Kiat Hong is mum to Kirsten, 4, and Dominic, 3. Both her children have been attending TweedleWink for 13 months.
“I feel that my children are able to grasp new concepts more quickly; they are more creative and able to think out of the box; and they take great joy in learning. I can see that these advantages help to give Elyssa a lot more extra time to relax and play (she is in Primary 1). Elena is still young and not into proper school stress yet but I feel she learns at an even faster rate than her big sister.”
– Ang Soo Huey is mum to Elyssa, 7, and Elena, 4. Elena has been attending TweedleWink for 2 years, 7 months. Elyssa has been attending TweedleWink for 2 years, 1 month.
“Before joining Shichida, my son was very shy and easily distracted by others in the class. His attention span increased tremendously from the third term onwards. He has developed into a more confident and happy toddler. The programme has also influenced the way I raise my son. I have learnt ways to become a good parent and create a closer bond between us. I don’t expect my son to turn into a genius but I hope he can develop excellent memory and have an easier learning path in future.”
– TehLih Peng is mum to Chai Chen Rui, 4, who has been attending Shichida for two years.
“Adam has been with Shichida since he was nine months old. At 19 months old, he could recite words and simple sentences in the whole storybook after we read to him just once or twice. My husband and I are so thrilled we can’t help but think he might have photographic memory. To date, he has memorised about 10 books. We are looking forward to him reading a whole storybook all by himself.”
– Cherrie Chin is mum to Adam Kuan, 49 months, who has been enrolled in Shichida for over two years.
Cup stacking is one of the activities that the children are encouraged to do in TweedleWink. It helps to linking and enhance left- and right-brain functionality, and has been shown to heighten intuition and creativity.
What do you need?
What do you do?
Cup stacking involves taking a dozen specially-made plastic cups, and quickly stacking – and unstacking – cup towers, alternating the movements of the left and right hands.
In professional speed stacking competitions, this is what they do:
This method uses nine cups.
The stacker must create three pyramids of three cups each, and then downstack the cups back into nested stacks of three in the order that they were upstacked.
This method uses 12 cups.
The stacker must stack up three pyramids made up of three cups on the left, six cups in the center, and three cups on the right (“3-6-3”), and then downstack them to three nested stacks.
You can see this in the video below:
The competitive nature of the these activities makes it left brain oriented. TweedleWink recommends these cup stacking activities instead which are more right brain friendly:
This method uses four to 12 cups. (Fewer for smaller children, more for older children.)
Four to 12 cups are stacked into a single stack. Then one by one (using left and right hands alternately), the cups are placed in front of the stack to create a new stack until all cups have been used. When all the cups have been transferred, the stack is pulled back, and the process can begin all over again.
This method uses four to 12 cups. (Fewer for smaller children, more for older children.)
Four to 12 cups are stacked into a single stack. The first cup is placed to the right of the stack with the right hand. Then the next cup is placed to the left of the stack with the left hand. Continue in this way until you have a stack on either side of the original stack, and when all cups are distributed, you should have two mountains!
Building the Tower
In this activity, small toddlers can make a tower out of three cups. Older children can make the towers (stated above).
TweedleWink Testimonials from Parents
When it comes to right brain classes, many parents are always eager to see results in their children after attending right brain classes. To put things into perspective, let me first ask: when you send your child for music class, do you expect to hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony being played after half a year of music lessons? When you send your child for tennis lessons, do you expect that your child will be playing in tournaments after a couple of months? Likewise, when you send your child for right brain classes, you have to be patient for output.
In the meantime, testimonials from other parents and children can be a source of inspiration. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you have probably read Shichida and Heguru testimonials before. Now you can read the testimonials from TweedleWink. These testimonials are from the US because that is where the school originated. The local TweedleWink school has not been around long enough to generate the kind of testimonials I know most parents are expecting, however, the results so far have been promising. While we wait for a new generation of children to go through the local school, here are some TweedleWink testimonials from the US:
Mother of 3 children, Washington, USA
“My first daughter is ten years old. She is so loving and caring. No one would ever know that her reading and math abilities are high school level. She is like somebody who is practicing 1 Corinthians 13:4 : Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude… She is in the gifted children’s class… Our second daughter is seven years old. She is showing her great memory in her work. She can memorize poems, songs, forms of Taek Won Do easily… My third child is four. My mother says that he talks and behaves like an adult because he is emotionally so mature. He understands other people’s situations and feelings.”
Mother of 1, California, USA
“My parents are amazed at his ability to recognize obscure types of birds, add up sums troublesome for 10-year-olds… John has acquired is a tremendous love of active learning and self-direction using all types of learning styles and activities. He has such an intuition, passion and curiosity about life. I am constantly astonished by his knowing what I am thinking to the exact precise words and concepts.”
11-year-old student of the program, Montana, USA
“I have been using right brain education all of my life. It has helped me a lot in school and at home. I can scan a page of information and remember a lot of the facts that were displayed on the page. This form of learning is GREAT! Because I have been using right brain educational techniques since I was born I was reading at the age of two. I am very glad to have been exposed to this type of learning at a young age.
From Paulina (Caleb’s Mother)
Caleb is a 4.0 student in 6th grade at a college preparatory school.
- His speed reading, depending upon the material is: 360-480 wpm (Novels are faster, resource material is slower)
- At 2nd grade, he was reading at 9th grade level.
- He can mentally image projects from beginning to completion accurately enough to modify plans, in his mind, and start again until he has, what he thinks, is a working model.
- His memory is very strong, but I have not tested the digit span lately. Last year is was 250 sequential memory/40 images all-at-once (my goal is to make this a relaxed program and testing can interfere with that.)
From Caleb’s report card:
“Caleb’s abilities are well beyond his years. Is he a real sixth grade boy? I keep looking for wires and plugs, but can’t seem to find any!” -English instructor
Dr. Celeste Miller
Education Department Chairperson, Winona State University, USA
“I have seen young children identify and match dozens of upside down math, language and picture cards. I have even seen babies match cards using their feet to indicate their choice. I know of a child who at a young age could routinely guess the correct number of jelly beans in a jar.”
These are just partial TweedleWink testimonials – I’ve included only the main portions that most parents seem to be interested in. You can find more testimonials on their website.
Don’t know if I’m letting the cat out of the bag, but TweedleWink is planning to start a preschool program starting some time next year. Yup, that means a half day program, five days a week for your preschooler – a perfect compliment to the once a week TweedleWink right brain program. I had been wondering when they would do something like this since, if I’m not mistaken, that was what their original program in the US was like.
The problem with a once a week right brain class is that inevitably, our children have to go to a preschool that could end up negating everything we’ve been working so hard to develop through right brain classes. Personally, I think finding a good preschool is even more critical than finding a good primary school, or secondary school. At this young age, our children’s minds are vulnerable and high impressionable – there is no other time in their lives when they will be as open as this so it is important that we get it right from the start.
Unfortunately, there is no confirmation on this program as yet, but if you’re interested, I would keep close tabs on TweedleWink to find out when they are launching. I know I will be as I look around at schools for Gareth.
In the meantime, there are a few preschools I’ll be checking out over the next couple of weeks, so stayed tuned for the write up…
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