Right Brain Education: Tangrams

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In Heguru right brain classes, the children are given many activities to do which help to develop the right brain. One of the activities they are required to do is tangrams. Just in case you have never seen a tangram, it is basically a square puzzle that looks like this:

With a little creativity, you can use the pieces to create pictures like the ones you see below (image from Yes China Tour):

In Heguru, the children are usually given the outline like the ones shown above and asked to place the pieces in their correct places. For a more challenging activity, try working out where the pieces fit with just a shadow outline.

To do this with your child at home, you can make your own tangram, buy one from Amazon, or you can play tangrams online at Duckberry. The latter is a little more challenging for young children but you can make it an activity that you work on together.

And while we’re on the topic, there are lots of other cool brain twisters on Duckberry. Here are some of the ones I like:

Shichida, Heguru, Right Brain Education

Comments

  1. Hi Han,

    You can find a list of retailers for Mighty Mind in Singapore listed here:

    http://www.mightymindkids.com/cgi-bin/EZPagebuilder/address_search.cgi

  2. Han says:

    Hi Shen-Li, do you know where to buy Mighty Mind toys in Malaysia/Singapore? Thanks.

  3. I think it was harder for you to understand what is done in the classes because you have never been to a class. Right brain training is more than just flash cards. There are lots of other activities, too. You can take a look at this link (if you haven’t already) to get an idea of some of the other things that are done in class:

    http://www.figur8.net/right-brain-training-home-practice-guide/

    From what I understand the home work books are not for sale. They are given as part of the course. So if your child is attending the classes, you automatically get them.

    They stress the importance of attending the classes because it is difficult for parents to practice these activities at home diligently for various reasons – lack of resources, time, and also because some children cooperate better when they are taken out of their home environment. These are all factors that are critical for the success of right brain education. The reason for the success stories is because a lot of parents ask for them. I know a lot of new parents ask me if I have seen any results in my child but quite frankly, it is still early days for Gavin. It is important for parents to have confidence in the program because their belief has a direct impact on their child.

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy the class. It’s actually quite fun. I enjoy doing some of the activities, too.

  4. Sharon says:

    Thanks for your lengthy reply Shen Li. I too attended the Heguru parents workshop. I felt that apart from citing success stories and commenting that parents should keep bringing their children in for the courses, they could have done more by showing us what the children really do in the programme apart from flash cards. They mentioned about a home work book parents can purchase to help with further development of the child but apart from that nothing much else was discussed. Nevertheless, I’m bringing my son down for a trial class this week and let’s see if he can keep his attention focused for the whole 50mins on flash cards! Highly doubt so though! ;p
    Wld like to thank you so much for all yr valuable insights and also providing materials and resources for clueless parents like me! 🙂

  5. Thanks. I’ll check that out. Might be a good one for Gavin…

  6. Mi says:

    Iphone and Ipod Touch users can try the Deluxe LetsTans app which has child friendly versions tangrams. My kids (6 y.o and4 y.o) love it.

  7. I’m afraid I can’t really do that because I have never attended a Shichida class. The wait list was too long and I didn’t have the time so I just stuck with Heguru and TweedleWink. From what I understand, though, Heguru and Shichida are pretty similar. Both stem from the same source – Makoto Shichida in Japan. There are numerous rumours about what happened, but essentially, they separated and founded two different schools but following the same principles.

    Some mothers I spoke to who send their children to Heguru after their experience in Shichida have said that the standard of teachers at Shichida have declined. I don’t know if that is true. However, from what I do see, the advantage of Shichida is their resources. They offer parents a lot of resources that you can buy to do home practice with your child. They also give you a handbook to guide you on home practice, which is very important.

    Heguru is having a parents seminar for parents who have children enrolled in their school tomorrow so I will see if they step up in this department because right now there is little support for home practice.

    I’m sorry I can’t tell you any more than that… I stayed with Heguru because my sons really likes his sensei and he is comfortable there. Right brain education is about relationships so it is important for your child to feel happy. I have done a lot of reading and research on right brain education so I know what we need to do for home practice and feel comfortable being able to carry it out without the support from the Shichida setup.

    At the end of the day, your decision depends on what you and your child are most comfortable with.

  8. Sharon says:

    Hello! Thanks so much for all this wonderful info! I’m still torn between choosing Shichida or Heguru for my 16month old. Could you please highlight the essential differences in an email to me? That wld be truly appreciated! Thks to the info posted on ur web, I’ll be also attending the parents seminar organized by heguru sch in MVMM this Sunday. Txs again! 🙂

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