I meant to write about this last week but the week went by so quickly, we’re now on the eve of another lesson. Since Heguru doesn’t run classes for infants from birth to 6 months, I took the opportunity to sign Gareth up for classes at TweedleWink. We had our first session last Tuesday.
The subjects covered in the class is similar to what they cover in the DVD lessons except that it is more interactive. For those of you not familiar with the TweedleWink DVDs, these are the subjects that are covered:
- Perfect Pitch
- Whole Words
- Music – classical, rhythm, and basic instruments
- World Language
They also do photo-eye training.
They have a maximum of four to a class and the age of the children are pretty close – about a month or two apart. The class is more interactive than the Heguru in the sense that the children are given more objects to touch and manipulate. The pace of the lesson was definitely much more relaxed compared to Heguru which felt a bit hectic and stressful (even for me as a parent).
We did have a bit of a problem with Gareth falling asleep at the end, but I made up for it by going through the summary sheet they handed out at the end of the class. We made our own slides and covered the material ourselves. My overall impression of TweedleWink after Gareth’s first class was good. Gareth was keenly interested and I enjoyed the class more so than I did Heguru. We shall see whether my opinion remains after the next class.
What are the main differences between Heguru and TweedleWink?
It might not be fair for me to make a direct comparison since my experience with Heguru is with the 3 year old class, while my experience with TweedleWink is with the infant class. Nevertheless, these are the main differences I have noticed:
- TweedleWink pace is slower, more relaxed.
- Flashcard change rate is slower – 1 card per second.
- TweedleWink does not do ESP (extra-sensory perception) exercises.
- I think Heguru covers more material due to the fact that they go through everything a lot more quickly.
- Heguru covers the Chinese and Japanese language in greater detail.
I liked the TweedleWink program because I felt it was more fun than the Heguru class. I also liked the fact that the teacher spoke English well. I’m not sure if it is just Gavin’s sensei, but the pronunciation of English at Heguru leaves a lot to be desired. The only thing that disappoints me about TweedleWink is the lack of coverage of Chinese. I don’t mind losing the Japanese so much, but I do mind the fact that Gavin won’t be learning Chinese specifically unless it happens to be the country under scrutiny for that particular lesson.