Right Brain Kids – Tweedle Wink DVD Series

I mentioned some time back that I ordered some educational resources over the internet which included the Tweedle Wink educational DVD series from Right Brain Kids.  We finally got the DVDs and I started Gavin on them a few weeks back.  Here is a little bit more about it:

Before I tell you about the DVD series, I think it helps to explain where the Right Brain Kids’ philosophy stands.  The ideas and concepts are pretty much the same as those taught by Glenn Doman and Shichida.  The main difference between the three (i.e. Glenn Doman, Shichida and Right Brain Kids) is the recommendation on the number of times you need to show the materials to your child.  Shichida believed that it is only necessary to show a child material once for the subconscious right brain to record it.  Glenn Doman recommended that the child view the material three times a day over five days before introducing new material.  Right Brain Kids have have found that 1-3 times is sufficient to satisfy the right brain without unduly overstimulating the left brain (which generally learns through repeated exposure).

The Tweedle Wink DVD series is basically a series of flashcards recorded on a DVD with a voiceover telling you about the cards.  It is designed for children aged between 0-6 years.  I watch the lessons with Gavin and honestly doubt I could ever learn anything this way but then my brain doesn’t exactly work like a child’s between the age of 0-6 years.

The Tweedle Wink DVD series comes with the regular lessons which is recorded over 6 DVDs (four lessons per DVD).

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Each lesson is no more than 8 minutes and includes the following:

  • Affirmations – which reinforce that your child is well-loved.  I like that they also reinforce to the child a positive attitude and that there is no limit to ability.
  • Visual tracking – they record a moving flower and you are suppose to follow the flower with your eyes.
  • Art – they show works of art by specific artists and name the art works.
  • Science – this can be any basic topic encompassed by science, e.g. the human body, solar system, how a plant grows, etc.
  • Cultures – this is usually anything related to a specific country, the flag, the map, tourist attractions, cultural images, etc.
  • Speed Reading
  • Perfect pitch – introduces specific music frequencies to the brain.  They play the sound of each musical note, show where the key is located on the piano, etc.
  • Vocabulary builders – essentially flash cards with pictures and the printed word.
  • Math – counting objects or dots in sequence, and in later lessons they have geometric patterns and equations.
  • Early literacy – learning to read using phonics.
  • Word building – how words are formed.
  • Whole words – to encourage early recognition of words.
  • Visual stimulation – “photo eyeplay” which stimulate the eyes with strong dark/light colour contrasts.
  • Poetry – usually they select a verse from a poet and read it out aloud.  The intention is to stimulate your child’s brain with rich samples of the spoken word.
  • Alpha Wave music – which is suppose to bring your child’s brain to a receptive state.

Ideally, the recommendation is to play one lesson, three times a day and continue with a new lesson the next day.  Of course, it is important that your child enjoys the lesson so if this is too much, they suggest reducing the frequency.  It could be once a day, once every two days or once a week – depending on what is comfortable for your child.

Having started Gavin on the program now that he is nearly two and a half, I find that it isn’t easy to focus his attention on the program.  Being used to much more engaging programs on TV, he is easily distracted from watching.  I’ve tried removing all distractions but find he sometimes doesn’t want to watch it.  A good time to show him the program is when he’s nursing just before bed time.  Alternatively, I play for him in the background while we’re playing.  That’s not ideal, but he does look up from time to time to see what’s going on – which I think is better than not watching it at all.  At the same time, he can derive the benefits from the auditory component.

I’ve been showing the lessons to Gavin rather sporadically over the last few weeks so I guess it is difficult to say what he is learning from it.  I have wondered if it would have been better to start this series when your child is still under one and not yet affected by other influences.  Perhaps learning would be more conducive then. I do intend to play this program with our second child and I’ll tell you how that goes next year.

Tweedle Wink also comes with a specific DVD that teaches phonics – the sounds made by letters so that your child can eventually learn to read new words on his own.  This is covered in the regular lessons, however, since they only have 6 volumes currently (they are still in the process of making more), they created this DVD for completeness.

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Tweedle Winks also has a Math DVD which is intended to provide a more thorough coverage of the subject.  Again, once they have completed the entire series for the general lessons, this DVD will no longer be required.

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The final additional DVD is one that covers an introduction to six world languages – Japanese, Russian, German, French, Spanish and English.  This is only an introduction, so they only cover basic words like names of animals, colours, shapes, etc.  This is the only one that is not included in the general Tweedle Wink lessons.  It’s a great way to stimulate the language centers of your child’s brain and keep the pathways active for easier learning of languages when they are older.

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

33 thoughts on “Right Brain Kids – Tweedle Wink DVD Series

  1. Hi Shen-Li,

    My girl attending the classes for few months and I bought the whole 9 sets of DVDs too. Emilie is ok to watch them if I played after the breakfast, move the high chair from the dining room to the living room, she can even copied the words from the DVD when is phonics and Word buildings, Flash cards… I was in the kitchen doing some washing, when I heard that, you know, as a mommy, I was so chuffed about it, and immediately praised her “Well Done”, then she stopped and not do it again… 😦 may be I was interrupted her!!

    The class is more relaxing and no stress. Basically it’s something quite similar to Shichida. The class size is smaller, max 4 children, and there is no minimum, even 1 child. The class starts with a hello song, then the flash card session using DVD (similar procedures as you mentioned). Why DVD? Reason given is that the pronounciation will be more accurate. The children are asked to do some actions on a rebounder while looking at the flash cards. Then it follows by activities like linking memory, photo eye play, games to promote uses of both hands, balancing, intro to music notes and ryhthm, sound grading. They have phonics for English and introduction to word building for children as young as 10 months old. And also speed ready, and a lot more.

    One thing to note is that the teachers english, mm.. I must say.. still have rooms to improve, but this is the same for Shichida teachers in KL as well. So don’t take this as a class where you want your child to pick up the language. But the course good or not it is also depends on the sensei too, my girl was really enjoying the class on Sunday, coz the sensei a bit younger and more interaction with the children, with smiling face and encouragement tone, then I changing her to the Wednesday class as she have Julia Gabriel playnest started, and I don’t want to stress her out on learning. A bit disappointed is the Wednesday sensei a bit more straight and no so friendly, only focus on what she intend to teaching on the day, and hoping the children will sit still and be focused. I don’t understand how some people expecting the under 2 group “Do as you told”!! Anyway, I stopped the class since my girl no pay any interesting to the class. No point to wasting the money, plus it isn’t cheap too.

    In July when I shopping @ The Garden, walking towards the bridge to Mid Valley, I found another Right Brain Development Centre, called Heguru. They offering a trial class @ RM80.00. So today, I went to the centre, check-it out, the place is more presentable than Shichida @ Centrepoint, the staffs are more friendly compare to Shichida too!! Then one of the staff took me to the meeting room, let me watching their preview, which recorded the way of the Founder Mrs Ruiko Henmi coaching the class and the TV programme etc. It was impressive done, compare to when I went to Shichida Office at Centrepoint. Another good thing to know is, Heguru wasn’t franchise by the local / Singaporean, it was operated by Mr & Mrs Henmi, and a local manager, admin. May be I can sharing to you further info next Friday after I attending the trial class. Alternatively, you may visit: http://www.heguru.com.my/about.htm
    They are open in August 2009, now most of the classes almost full, unbelievable! But although is full, but they isn’t have a long waiting list like my friends told me, they have registered in July, and Shichida told them the waiting list have to be next year January. So I suggested my friend to try this and think about it. According to my girlfriend who took their girl attending to Heguru, she was impressed and the classroom is only take maximum of 6 and with two sensei. She said the course is well organised and no in the stressful environment for the children. The sensei is more professional than Shichida….well, by saying that, I still have to go for a trial to double confirm. ;P

    Wish me luck @ Heguru.

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  2. Hi Jo – thank you so much for such a detailed sharing of your experiences!

    Henguru sounds interesting… I will take a look at it, too, but do let me know how your trial goes.

    My son also like the phonics and word building section, too! He also copies what they say. Aside from that, it’s the perfect pitch, the maths, and the speed reading that he pays particular attention to. The rest is usually touch and go depending on whether the subject piques his interest. He is most attentive when I play the DVD for him while he’s nursing.

    I was under the impression that the 6 volumes are not the complete series but more are being made. Will have to keep a lookout for that…

    I also found it interesting to note that my son is more willing to “participate” and follow the actions they recommend on the DVD when I’m not watching. For instance, when he was younger, I would show him “The Little Einsteins” and they would always encourage their viewers to “pat, pat, pat” along with rocket to help the ship fly. If my son thinks I’m not around, he seems to copy the actions, but he doesn’t if I’m sitting with him.

    About the praise for your daughter… I remember reading in an article about how children sometimes get put off by praise. It’s like they get scared of trying when they get too much praise. I had the same thing happen to me when my son was learning how to sort shapes into a shape sorter. I was so proud when he figured out how to fit the circle in that I clapped and praised him for him. After a while, I found that he stopped trying to fit the other shapes and would only put the circle in. After putting the circle in, he would lose interest an start looking at other toys. It was so strange…

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  3. Hi Shen-Li,

    It has been really great response from you with regards to my views.

    I think sometimes just have to be balance up the Praise for our child. Too much praise could be stressful for the children if one day they couldn’t perform as good as before, huh?

    Yesterday I played the TW Math Lesson 1 (1-100) to my daughter, she only can remember is the fish, rather than the quantity…may be keep trying. Actually I am a bit laid-back, I didn’t playing the Tweedle Wink DVD on a daily basis to her. She is now attending the pre-school 3 times per week, then Musikhaus on Tuesday morning. Most of the time she requested is Signing Time, so we have to respect her decision as well. ;P

    I can’t wait for the Heguru’s trial class. I knew some of my friends do asked me to join the Shichida, since it was old established and have the good feedback, I prefer not to follow the “Trends”, after all, it is only the brain development centre, I was only wanted my daughter able to learn in a more relaxing environment.

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  4. Yes, it’s great being able to hear from another mother using the TweedleWink series. I don’t know anyone else who is using it so only have my own experiences to go by.

    I think the important thing is to go with your child’s interest. When they are interested in the material, they learn faster. Signing Time is also really good for encouraging speech development. Even after my son stopped signing, I would still play the DVDs for him and found that his vocabulary was exploding on a daily basis.

    Don’t worry if it seems like all your daughter is learning is the fish. I have discovered that a lot more information gets stored in that little head than we realise. Some time in the future, she will surprise you with little bits of information that you assume she missed.

    Can’t remember where I read it but it was something about children using information only when they need it. So right now, just because your daughter doesn’t count doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t know how. She may do but just hasn’t found it necessary to do so in front of you.

    I don’t play Tweedlewink on a daily basis for my son either. I remember the recommendation is like 3 times a day but sometimes I find that just once seems to be more than enough for him. As they grow older and have more diverse interests, it gets harder to find time when they do want to watch it.

    How old is Emilie?

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  5. Yeah, people surrounded me wasn’t using the Tweedle Wink series. Most of them using the flash cards or some not believe in early learning. It has been great to sharing the information with you.

    Emilie will be 22 months tomorrow. Time is flying really quick, she speaks a lot in a day, some are clear and some still in her baby language, but I do found the signing language helps her a lots. Now, her pre-school teacher told me she like asking “what is that?” in the class.

    Today, I played the Tweedle Wink DVD 3~ Lesson 9 to 12. She love it, didn’t move at all, when is finished, she said: “Mommy, all gone, no more.” Then she asked :” Baby Signing Time, please?”. I knew that some researchers advice not to let children under 2 years old watching more than 5 hours TV a day, since she isn’t often to watching TV, so I just fulfilled her wishes, after all, it shown that she keen to learn.

    Last Friday, I had attended the Heguru Brain Development (HEGL) course, it was interested, I couldn’t compare them to Shichida Method (SM) as I never been attend SM before. So, I compared the course with Tweedle Wink (TW). Overall, I pretty satisfied the teaching method, so I have registered and sign-up, but the Friday classes wasn’t good timing for me, as Emilie napping time is 1.30pm~3.30pm and the class starting at 2pm. Although, I managed to persuade her to taking her nap after 3pm, but she is showing her tireness, so, I managed to get her placement on next month every Thursday 10am, which is also her off-day, I think she will be quite pleased with this new arrangement.

    Just my personal view, The HEGL class starting with the teacher greetings, “Good afternoon, Sensei” & “Good Afternoon, Children.” we all sat on the floor with cushion. There are one Sensei and one assistant in the class of 4. It is well organized and more smooth in the sense that the Sensei focuses on delivering the lesson and coaching the children, and the assistant prepares all the upcoming teaching / activities materials. This spares the Sensei some times to provide personal feedback and contact to the children. To me, not so stress in comparison to Tweedle Wink, Sensei not so rush and for the children, not too long the waiting time for next activities.

    The Sensei will call out every children one by one, giving them their name card. And the child has to introduce him/herself in front of all. (Sensei will guide them) I like this part. Good exposure for the children, to be more brave and I see it as an intro to public speaking.

    The class started with intro to time using the clock with number printed on the white board, and the Sensei simulates the movement of the clock and telling the kids the time displayed on the clock, in a very fast manner. Then the Sensei also giving a Quote of the day such as: “An Apple a day, the doctor go away”.

    Then they teach about the chemitry periodic chart – 1 Hidrogen 2 Helium … 10 Neon. Sensei will distributed a photocopy of the 6 Carbon, with the Alphabet C, and asked the children try to trace the word, then she will come to check the word and using a red pen to draw a flower (if is complete), draw a circle (if is not complete), following by: “Good job” /”Good Try”.

    Linking memory, they use bigger cards, laying each cards on the floor, and introduce to the children how to create story using the picture cards. E.g. when it’s my daugther’s turn, she was given 3 cards, Woman/mommy, Japan Map and Starry Night picture. She spoke out the word “Mommy” very fast. Then the Sensei taught her, pointing to the picture s, “Mommy goes to Japan to see the Starry Night”. (similar like that, can’t remember)

    Flashcards – very fast. However, amazingly, my little princess can sit still and look at it without a blink. I guess the Sensei plays an important role. She is fast, precise and sharp. And her voice pretty loud (if you ever watching police academy training~ the way their coach speaking/giving command). And some of the flashcards (songs, foreign language, music, geography, history), they play the song/words. And I like it as most of the cards in A4… bigger size.

    There are mandala, where children are shown a picture of shapes and colours to memorize, and then they are asked to color based on what they can remember. Most of the children in the class was a bit too young, and my daughter never train to do this, so I gotta give her a hand.

    Music Part also pretty good, they introduced the classical musician such as Elgar / Mozart, it is begin with what year he born, place of birth, their works, musical instrument used, during the sensei flashing the cards, their music was plays at the background too. Then it is the introducing musical instruments via flash card and plays different musical instruments music via a player. The Sensei will then replay eiter one musical instrument asked the children to choose from the pictures. One thing missing compare to Tweedle Wink is the music part. In Tweedle Wink, they use one instrument to let the children to listen to the note sound. As the HEGL’s Admin said different schools using teaching methods. Anyway, I can plays the Tweedle Wink DVD from home, so, Emilie got pretty good input from both sides.

    Then the sensei asked all the children go to another room, which have footprint and tumbelin, the children have to followed the footprint and jump on the tumbelin 10 times and walk down follow by the footprint again, children are encourage to plays two times if they wishes.

    It also teaching TANGRAM (TANGAMURA) & Iro-ita, sizes (big & small, Long & short).

    Other subjects taught: EPS, Sciences.

    HEGL’s Speed reading also quite good as they will flash some cards related to the speed reading story they are going to use, then only start the spead reading session. And they really teach Japanese character on top of the standard Ka-Ki-Ku-Ke-Ko song. They is a session where they asked the children to trace the Ko character. (To me, just like learning alphabat).

    The class finishing by a story-telling. Emilie refused to leave the school, coz she want to go back to their playroom again.

    The class is more organized and the teachers are quite efficient. environment also not bad.

    I still think how good or effective all these programs are (Tweedle Wink, Heguru) rely mainly on the quality of the teachers.

    At current stage, Emilie has gave me more motivation to do more things with her in comparison to the past few months. Yesterday, I told my hubby, I’m going to DIY some flash cards. Starting with Our Family (will put my hubby pic, my pic, her pic, grandparents, uncle etc pictures), also input her like her parent’s name, her name etc. After this batch completed, I plan to scan and copy the pictures from her books that I bought transfer into a A5 size paper, which is easier to put in the bag and carry everywhere. At the moment, my handbag at least put 3 of her books as she want to read while we waiting our meal in the restaurant, sometimes I also carry a box of colour pencil & crayons plus a note book, so she can draw as well if she get bored with her book. I’m not intend to let her take her toys out. I think is a good habit to let them learn to like the book. Since last 2 months, she beginning to request me reading her the story books that she picked rather than I chosen and I read, sometimes she wanted 3 stories, sometimes 2 stories, sometimes 5 stories, it is all depends on how tired she is, sometimes she not interested at all.

    PS: Sometimes I also played her another set of DVD flashcard, one cons on this DVD is pronounciation in a Singaporean English. I bought the DVDs from http://www.winktolearn.com (If is not mistaken).

    Did you buy the world language DVD from the Tweedle Wink? It comes in 6 languages. I haven’t play this DVD to Emilie for long time. (2 months).

    I believe she may learn some Japanese from HEGL.

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  6. Hi Jo – thanks for the very detailed account of the session at Henguru. I think I will go check it out. I’m not sure if Gavin will be interested to go, but we’ll see. He seems quite interested in TweedleWink these days, although it sounds to me as if Emilie enjoys it more because Gavin usually wants to stop after a while.

    Even if he doesn’t want to attend the classes, I think it will still be useful for my second baby.

    I bought the Chinese Wink series from winktolearn in Singapore. Since I cannot speak Chinese I wanted Gavin at least be exposed to languages. I also bought the languages DVD from Tweedlewink but haven’t played it in a while. Perhaps it is time for us to dig it up, too.

    Your positive feedback from Emilie is very encouraging. Keep it up! 🙂

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  7. Heguru is offering the trial class before you sign up, this is why I like it. I do registered at Shichida, but they don’t offer any preview course or trial class, to sign up courses like this isn’t cheap if our children not showing their interests.

    I also bought the Wink series frm Wink To Learn, the Chinese and English DVDs, a little bit disappointed at the English DVD, because I am not expected it is the “Singlish” :).

    My girl isn’t interested in Chinese, may be is my fault too, I knew Chinese, but a bit lazy to do 2 languages at one time.

    Another sharing tips for you, may be you can go to Popular/Kinokuniya bookshop to get those pin-yin storybook, so you and Gavin can learn together :).

    Thru my nephew experience (he is 7 years old now), I also found that the Chinese Children Songs (Karaoke or the Audio) also easier for the children to pick-up some good words too, which you can get them from Speedy or Popular bookshop @ the Curve, most children like “Shi Qian Jing” series, it also have the Karaoke VCD, may be if your neighbourhood have pasar malam, you might get the pirates one for RM5.00. My mom bought a Chinese DVD from the market which content: San Zi Jing, Tang Shi & Dizigui, Emilie don’t watch them, so I just played thru the DVD and switch off my TV, let her listen to them. Here is the funny story to share with you, when I spoke Mandarin to Emilie, she always replied me in English, and is the correct answer, wonder is she understand them but refused to talk or she just find English is much more easier for her!! Yet, she have no choice, coz Daddy don’t know Mandarin and wanted her to learn Mandarin & Malay as well, more likely she will be into the local School instead of International school. We have chosen Sri Cempaka Damansara Height, it been recommended by several friends.

    When you intend to purchase some Chinese books for Gavin, if you won’t sure, perhaps you can bring your friends who known Mandarin or check with the staffs. The Chinese Story books that I bought for Emilie is called “Tong Yue Fang” ???, I bought from Kinokuniya. or may be you can visit this website: http://caterpillarhouse.com/store/index.php?cPath=2_19&osCsid=c7423e5aecfca0af0ae719847aa5360d

    Being the first time mommy, I’m also learning from others. I feels so lucky because I meet some really nice mommies which we can exchange tips and sharing the questions where I’m stuck. 😉

    So, how Gavin react on the Wink Chinese Dvd? Emilie just not sit still as she would do with others DVDs such as Signing Time or Tweedle Wink series. Although I complaint about the Wink English DVD pronounciation isn’t the proper English, but Emilie seems like to watch them as well. I don’t know how many vocabs she can input to her brain. 😉

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  8. Here is another Chinese Book to share, which has been recommended thru the Singapore Parenthood magazine, if I’m not mistaken. 🙂

    Original title: Badger’s Parting Gifts. The book about love and death.

    ?pronounced huan.

    This is another sites for you to get some basic Mandarin pin-yin..
    http://www.zdic.net/zd/

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  9. Preschool Chinese Reading Scheme
    http://caterpillarhouse.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=236

    For children to learn Chinese Language in an easy way, starting from fresh. Children will gradually learn to speak, to read, to listen and to write Chinese. By completing of this reading scheme, children will be able to read Chinese story books independently.
    Set of Key Words story books
    Set of Compact Disces (CD) for listening and learning pronunciation
    Set of Flash cards for games/activities
    Set of story books for interactive reading

    Perhaps you can contact them to finding more detail about this Chinese Language set.

    Good thing is you may learn the Chinese when Gavin is learning too!! My husband learning numbering, when I counting 1-10 to Emilie. 🙂

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  10. Thanks Jo! That’s really helpful. I did think of getting Chinese books, too. My only concern is that I cannot read pin-yin either. I know Chinese has the four tones and I can never get it right. I’m afraid I will be teaching Gavin all the wrong pronunciations. Even when I speak Cantonese, people say I sound very gwai 😦 and sometimes they don’t even understand what I’m saying! Hence the reason why I don’t feel very confident to teach Gavin Chinese and prefer to use DVDs and recordings.

    Gavin seems to like listening to the languages DVDs – both Tweedlewink world languages and the Wink Chinese DVDs. I didn’t buy the Wink English DVDs because I felt he was already doing quite well. I’m glad I didn’t – hubby once told me to stop playing a children’s music CD because the children were singing “singlish” and he didn’t want Gavin to pick that up.

    The Wink Chinese DVD has a “speed” setting. I find Gavin likes that best. He can really pay attention when I play the “speed” setting. It runs much faster than the other. I don’t know what he has picked up but he did say the word for “doll” once.

    Before the Wink Chinese series, I bought another Chinese VCD series hoping to teach Gavin to read and speak Mandarin. He hated it. Every time I want to put it on, he tells me he doesn’t want to watch so the whole series is wasted. It was also very hard for me because the whole thing is in Mandarin – no pin-yin, no pictures. So I don’t know what is going on.

    My in laws are Hokkien and they sometimes speak to Gavin in Hokkien. Like Emilie, when they ask him questions, he answers in English and it is the correct answer. So I also wonder if he understands but just doesn’t want to speak it. My fault I guess because I can only communicate with him in English so I assume he follows me.

    I’ll try the Chinese Preschool reading program. I really feel handicapped not knowing any other languages and don’t want my son to end up like me.

    I think I will also try the trial Henguru class with Gavin to see how he takes to it. I agree with you – I am uncomfortable signing up for a course when I don’t know if my son will like it. Such a waste of money if he won’t attend.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  11. you are welcome. I like the exchange the parent experience. Since I became a mother, now my networking is expand and most of them are known from Emilie’s enrichment classes, and we all have regular meet-up, except when I’m not free or not feeling well…since I came back Malaysia, my immune system not so good, I think part of it, is my sleeping time pretty late. 🙂

    How old is Gavin? if is 3, here is another centre, which is one of my Malay mommy recommended to me…
    http://www.baobei.com.my/about_us.html and they offered a week trial class.

    The WINK English DVD is my mistake to buy or may be not except the Pronounciation that I don’t like. Emilie’s educational DVDs collection also included Brainy Baby, Baby Genius, Super Why, Signing Time, Baby Einstein, The Way Things Work series, Logico Set.

    I found the Logico set (English Version) is good, I’m planning to copy the word from the books and DIY into the Flash card for Emilie. When she turn 2 years old, can beginning to start the Logico programme with her.

    The Heguru course, I can’t do the 2pm because is Emilie napping time. So, it is important to choose the time that is not Gavin sleeping or meal-time. But don’t expect the Sensei have a good pronounciation English.

    Wow~ Then you English must be very good. Mine isn’t that good, especially my grammar…now I just hope that Emilie is not followed my step… hope she can learn from her daddy rather than me, and get some scottish accent too!! heh x3.

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  12. another Chinese Children learning to let u know… ASTRO xiao tai yang… CH325, this is good for Gavin, you can choose some Taiwanese programme, if you can ignore those Singapore series. I personally preferred the Taiwanese programme rather than the Singapore Mandarin programme. Not being bias, I just can’t stand the way that Singaporean speak Mandarin. I won’t said my mandarin pronounciation is fluent.

    Once I go thru the Astro Timetable, will come back to you for fews. ;P

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  13. Hi Jo – it’s been really great exchanging experiences with you, too! I’m learning so much more about things I didn’t even know existed – especially the Chinese programs. Because I don’t know much myself, it’s hard for me to assess what’s good and what isn’t.

    Gavin is 2 years 8 months 2 weeks and 5 days old. He won’t be 3 until end of Jan next year so perhaps can consider it then. Right now, I’m also quite advanced in my pregnancy so have been too tired to run around with a toddler.

    There really are so many programs out there that I’m sure there is something for every child. It’s good to know what’s available so we can test them out, discard the ones our children don’t like and stick with the ones they enjoy. The whole key to early learning is to make it fun and stress-free.

    Not sure if we have all those Chinese programs on Astro but I will check. Thanks again!

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  14. Hi Shen-Li,

    What I heard is the TTDI Tweedle Wink now is re-named: T-MAX, they discontinued with Tweedle Wink.

    To Tash:
    Order from line is better. Although I heard the KL distributor is based in Sri Petaling, but don’t know the company name.

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  15. There will be a new Tweedle wink centre in Neo Damansara. open house will be on next saturday and sunday, 5th and 6th december.0122656018.

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  16. Thanks for the update, Tay. I have just delivered my second baby so I don’t think I will be able to make it to the open house but I will visit when we’re up to it again.

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  17. hi,

    Shen Li,

    thank you for sharing all the information to us, been following your blog for a few mths, and i really like it, but there are some questions wanting to ask you. thank you.

    i am belle, my daughter Grace is 2yrs8mths, i started Tweedle Wink DVDs some time ago, and we are now at the 10th DVD already. i am planning to get other DVDs in flash cards form, which similar to TW ( TW is just so good that i really enjoy it very much! thanks for the very good recommendation). do you have any recommendations? how about Wink from right brain kids?

    i saw flash cards from doman e flash cards, can digital flash cards have same effect as we flash to them? cox i think more time saving cox i spend lots of time with my daughter.

    thank you, have a good day:)

    belle

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    1. Hi Belle,

      Thank you for reading my blog. I am happy to answer any questions I can.

      I also have the Wink program. It is recommended for older children – 4 years plus. In fact, Wennie from TweedleWink does not recommend starting Wink too early. However, if you look at some of the activities in Wink, they are stuff that are already done in Heguru and Shichida from an early age, so I guess it depends on who you listen to. I like the Wink program because it makes it easier to practice some of the right brain activities at home with my older son.

      I have the Doman e Flash cards as well and I really like them. Some people don’t like digital flash cards. They feel it isn’t as “nice” as the physical flash cards. I don’t use physical flash cards for three main reasons – first is that my younger son will snatch the cards, whereas with the digital flash cards he is more willing to watch. The second reason is because we go through so many flash cards so quickly that it feels very environmentally unfriendly. Thirdly, it takes a lot of time to make physical flash cards and I already don’t have enough time to read my parenting books, spend time with the kids, prepare activities for them, spend time with hubby, run errands, etc. Some say that digital flash cards aren’t as loving as physical cards, but I find that it allows me to do stuff I can’t with physical flash cards like nurse my son and cuddle him while I flash the cards. So that’s my take on digital flash cards.

      You have a great day, too!

      Shen-Li.

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  18. Dear Shen Li,

    I’m a mandarin teacher from Indonesia. Currently I’m teaching in a mandarin course for kids.

    I really really really interested in right brain training, and I would like to apply it in my mandarin classes.

    Question: Do you know any learning centre / company that provide training for mandarin teacher that apply this right brain teaching method?

    Quick reply would be appreciated.

    Thank you for your kind attention

    Regards,
    Bernard

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    1. Hi Bernard,

      I don’t know of any courses specifically for applying right brain education to Mandarin classes, but there are right brain courses for adults who wish to teach it to younger children. Right Brain Kids have two online courses – TweedleWink which teaches you how to implement the TweedleWink program to children 0-6 years, and Wink which teaches you how to implement the Wink program to older children and adults. It will also help you learn how to apply the right brain methods to your classes.

      I hope that helps.
      Kind regards,
      Shen-Li.

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  19. Thanks Jo. I have heard of them but they don’t really teach adults how to do the program do they? I thought Bernard was looking more for training adults and teachers on the process of teaching.

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  20. Hi Shen Li,

    Thumbs up for a great informative site! I’ve visited TW lately and wish to seek your opinion. If I send my daughter to the once a week class, do I need to buy DVDs to practice at home? Since the materials are different every week, I doubt a child can remember them easily. On the other hand, as the classes are not cheap, I am thinking perhaps I just buy the DVDs package and practice at home instead. What do you suggest? Thank you ^^

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    1. Hi Ann,

      Thank you for reading my blog! According to RBK, if your daughter is attending classes then there isn’t really any need to practice at home. You also get take home sheets after every class so you have materials to work with if you want. The benefit of having the DVDs is that you can practice any time you want. They cover the same material that is in the classrooms but they do not have the handson component that your child will have in class. You can provide your own hands on activities to supplement what your child learns from the DVD, however.

      At the end of the day, it’s really up to you. There is a sample TweedleWink DVD lesson on youtube. You can play it for your daughter to see if she likes it:

      You’ll be surprised how much your daughter picks up without you realising. Children learn effortlessly and it is hard for adults to comprehend because we have lost that ability.

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  21. Hi Shen-Li,
    Thanks for the quick review on the TweedleWink DVD series. They are really useful.
    I have been thinking to get the DVDs but my husband and I were concerned about the cultural/religious images showed in the DVDs that may be not comfortable for us. They did mentioned in the website that the the DVDs have a very strong Christian influence besides the other major religion. I would like to hear your valuable opinion about this issue to get a clear picture what they really meant by ‘very strong Christian influence’ in the DVDs. Thanks in advance Shen-Li.

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    1. Hi Ctee,

      As far as I can remember, the religious images involved a series of art flashcards showing Madonna and baby Jesus. It’s not present in all the lessons – only in one lesson that I remember.

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  22. Hi Dr…
    I m Rahila from India.. You are a great inspiration for me… I don’t have opportunity to attend or visit any right brain schools in my country … So I m Nt confident in teaching right brain activity like speed reading, peg memory and linking to my infant nd toddler apart from showing flashcards.. Shall i attend any online formal right brain training ..whether it ll b useful one… Or else shall i follow ur blog alone…
    if possible send me any video link to watch how to do this activity…kindly do share ur opinion and help me to train my child

    Regards
    Rahila

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    1. Hi Rahila,

      I created Right Brain Child to help parents that are interested to teach right brain activities to their children. Information on speed reading, peg memory, and linking memory are all shared on Right Brain Child (some posts are restricted to members only).

      https://rightbrainchild.com/2020/06/19/activity-memory-train/
      https://rightbrainchild.com/2020/06/13/right-brain-memory-pegs/
      https://rightbrainchild.com/2014/06/16/photo-reading/

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