Read yesterday’s post for the Heguru Class Outline.
The TweedleWink classes have a little more structure. The lesson is broken down into 8 parts:
The class format is reminiscent to the Montessori style – new material is introduced to the children on a mat.
What happens in a TweedleWink Class:
Class begins with the “I love you” song which is about a parent’s love for their child and how a child that feels loved can do anything.
- Visual stimulation with a flashing black and white image, e.g. a black and white outline of a boat.
- Teacher introduces an object which she moves around for the children to follow with their eyes.
- Eye pupils are stimulated with a penlight – three times in each eye.
- Children are introduced to words from four different categories. Each category contains ten words. Each word is accompanied with a picture.
- The session is multi-sensorial. First, the children are shown flash cards on the TV screen. Then they given an activity related to those words where they can touch objects related to the words. E.g. if the category is animals, they are shown animal figurines.
- The children are introduced to a new country each week. They are given a card with the map of the country so they can trace the outline. They then find the country on the world map and mark it with a sticker.
- Flash cards relating to that country are shown.
- The national anthem for the country is played.
- The children are taught the words for hello, please, thank you, and goodbye in the national language.
- The children are taught to count from one to ten in the national language.
- A children’s song from that country is played.
- The children are given the opportunity to play on a fit ball while the children’s song and national anthem are playing.
- The children are taught the musical notes and listen to the sounds from tuning forks.
- A classical composer is introduced and a piece written by that composer is played. The children are given a physical activity while the music is playing.
- The children are given rhythm sticks and have to copy the rhythm played.
- The children are introduced to a letter sound.
- They are shown words containing that letter sound and taught to read them using phonics.
- They learn to write the letter with a song.
- They are shown objects beginning with that letter on the mat.
- They are taught to read a sentence.
- A piece of literature is read out.
- Week by week, new Math concepts are introduced. Counting from one to one hundred (ten new numbers each week). Then addition: +1, +2, +3, +4, etc. Then subtraction: -1, -2, -3, -4, etc. Then multiplication: x1, x2, x3, x4, etc. Then division: /1, /2, /3, /4, etc.
- The children listen to a Math song that teaches them the new Math concept taught in that lesson.
- The children are given a physical activity relating to the new Math concept.
- Different science concepts are taught each week. It could be ten elements from the periodic table, how the water cycle works, parts of a tree, etc.
- It is followed by a related hands-on activity on the mat.
- A new artist is introduced each week.
- Ten pieces of art painted by the artist are shown and named.
- The children are given an art activity to do, e.g. colouring.
The lesson concludes with a thank you song.
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