G starts Heguru!

G attended his first class at Heguru today. For those who are not familiar with Heguru (also known as HEGL, which stands for Henmi Educational General Laboratory), it is a popular right-brain training school from Japan. It’s famous for introducing “Wave Reading” (Hado reading), a method of reading that is faster than the usual speed reading that we are familiar with.

Prior to this, G had attended another school for right brain development (not Shichida), and was doing pretty well in class. He enjoyed the activities and looked forward to attending class. However I noticed that he sometimes got bored during activity transitions, so I had considered moving him to Shichida, which I heard was more fast-paced. Unfortunately the waitlist at Shichida was long, and I was told that I had to wait till January this year for a place. Then, when I heard that Heguru was going to setup schools here in Singapore, I decided to give it a shot instead, considering its popularity in Japan. In addition, I did not have to commit for a full-term like Shichida, and there were no additional charges on top of the school fees (fees per class between Shichida and Heguru are comparable).

For Heguru, class duration is only 50minutes, compared to the usual 60 minutes. However, instead of one teacher, Heguru has two teachers assigned to each class (there were three teachers in my class today). The purpose of having two teachers is to speed up the transition of activities, and hence maintain the high energy level. Based on what I was told during sign-up, there are a total of more than 60 activities per lesson (!!). Of course, I was a little skeptical- the previous school only had about 15 activities during the one hour class. So I was looking forward to a really fast-paced session today.

Attending the class
There were 7 students together with the parents (max class size is 8), plus 3 teachers, so there were a total of 17 people seated on the floor in a relatively small room. I was concerned that the space would be a little cramped, but it was still ok, as the students did not really have to move around. I didn’t really know what to expect, so I was a bit startled when the teachers started the class with exuberant cheers and claps, haha.

Many many activities
As promised, the class was very fast-paced, with a variety of activities. A brief summaryΒ of the program contents include:
1. Flashcards (all right brain training classes include these! They included dots, general knowledge, words)
2. Linking memory
3. Peg memory
4. Colour mandala
5. ESP exercises
6. Iroita – this is similar to tangrams, where we place magnetic pieces in different shapes according to the pattern on the paper.
7. Songs and stories
8. Physical exercises

And many many more …

G’s reaction
G wasn’t feeling too well today, and was a little cranky right from the start of the class. He refused to go up to the front of the class during the introduction, preferring to cling on to me. When the lights were dimmed for the 1st session of story-telling, he felt uneasy, and wanted to go to the door. However, he settled down during the flashcards portion (he really enjoys flashcards) and songs section.

Although we had attended right brain classes previously, quite a few of the activities were new to us, like the ESP/intuition session, where G was asked to guess the colour of the peg I was holding inside the bag. Surprisingly, he got it correct (but I think it was a coincidence)! Linking memory was also new, and memorising 40 cards was a challenge. I don’t think the kids had any idea what was going on, it was mainly the parents doing the work. Colour mandala was another challenge for 19-month old G. Once he got hold of the crayons, he didn’t even look at the picture, and started scribbling, haha. Think more training needs to be done here.

An example of a mandala

An example of a mandala

My reaction
I thought that some of the activities were too advanced for G, like writing down the numbers and drawing the mandala. Slightly older children (probabaly 2-3 year olds) would benefit more. I would have preferred a little more manipulatives for G to handle, but I guess that it might break the momentum. Some parts were fun, and I liked how the addition and multiplication facts were introduced in songs. There is a wide range of information presented during the short 50 minutes session, ranging from topics like mathematics, science, moral education to general knowledge. I especially liked the part where they used a song to convey a moral value – not to tell lies. Hopefully when G is in a better mood he will be able to enjoy the class more.

Heguru class was very different from what I had experienced previously. It was definitely more fast-paced and covered more topics, compared to the previous school. There were still a bit of teething problems, but I think it’s understandable since they had just started. Hopefully with a little more time, G would get used to the new class, and able to participate more. I would probably attend for a term to see how G progresses in class, and to give my conclusions πŸ™‚


83 thoughts on “G starts Heguru!

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi, I didn’t attend SM class. From what I’ve heard from friends who attended both, here are the differences:
      – SM includes multiple languages (sawako) but Heguru is conducted mainly in English only(they are slowly incorporating some Mandarin)
      – SM does not start mandala till 3. Heguru is doing it now
      – SM has more established home practice materials
      – Heguru is more dynamic, pace is faster
      – Heguru teachers are trained in Japan (since they just started). The owners have to be teachers, so the teachers have a personal stake to teach well.
      – SM is classroom based, with tables and chairs, Heguru is done on the floor.
      – Heguru fees are paid monthly, SM per term. No deposit required for Heguru, no other payments necessary.

      I would not say that one is better than the other, it depends on your preference. Perhaps you would like to try a month at Heguru before you decide πŸ™‚

  2. Adele88

    Hi, thanks for your input. As I stay in Bishan, logically, Heguru Novena is nearer for me. Any feedback about the teachers at Novena? There is no write up about their teachers on their website. My hubby & I don’t like the traffic and parking at Novena. Hence, would consider Novena only if their teachers are really good. My friends who are with Heguru Fusionopolis commented that they like the teachers there very much. Very passionate and professional. So, don’t know which centre to send my child to.

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi, I find the teachers very enthusiastic and encouraging. G likes his teacher and responds well to her. I don’t think they are very experienced but I’m happy with the class so far.

  3. Cherie

    Hi Adele88, have you considered the Eunos branch? I have many friends who sent their children to the Eunos branch and all children/parents like the teachers there very much. Highly experienced, passionate and are able to provide very useful and helpful suggestions and tips. Heard the principal and teachers there are also very patient and dedicated to teaching and guiding both children and parents. I am also thinking of sending my kid to the Eunos centre, even though I stay pretty far from there. But to think of it, it takes only an additional 10 or 15 mins to drive there and for the teaching quality that I am assured of, I am willing to drive the extra mile. Just my cents… πŸ™‚

      1. Adele88

        Hi Cherie, thanks for your suggestion. Personally, I do not really like Eunos neighborhood environment. Maybe it is very near Geylang and I do not feel very safe there. According to my friend who is at Eunos, it is rather difficult to get parking and to park around there as there is no carpark within the building. Currently only one teacher Paige is teaching while the principal and the other teacher merely assist. She is not sure how long Paige can last with classes one after another especially on weekend. My suggestion to you if you are planning to attend Eunos, go only for the morning classes when Paige is still fresh. πŸ˜‰

      2. Violet Yap

        hihi, really? Who did you hear from? I am staying in Woodlands and all the centers seems very far as my family don’t drive. Wondering if they are planning to open one in Woodlands after the Government announced plan to develop Woodlands into a Regional Centre πŸ˜€

      3. mummyshymz Post author

        Hi, I heard it from some mummies who are at the Eunos branch. I’m not sure if the plan is firm or where the location will be. I usually take the train from Sembawang down to Novena for classes, takes about half an hour. The centre is just at the exit of the train station so it’s still manageable. Woodlands is a bit further. Shichida is at TPY, so not a lot of difference in terms of transit time I guess.

      4. Violet Yap

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Heard from my friend who is with Eunos that their head teacher Paige has lost a lot of weight ever since she started teaching. Not easy for her as she is currently teaching all the classes with the principal and the other teacher assisting only. How about your side? Beside Elisabeth, anyone else teaching?

      5. mummyshymz Post author

        Hi, yes I think it’s really very demanding. So far I’ve not asked coz there’s only one class going on at a time. I think there is another gentleman who teaches on Saturday. Will check and let you know πŸ™‚

  4. Winnie Wong

    The Teacher is Elisabeth? Is she good? How old is your kid? My one is coming to 2 and she been attending Shichida. She likes to walk around in class so not sure if Heguru method be more suitable for her..

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Yes. G’s teacher is Elisabeth. She’s not that experienced, but very enthusiastic, and the kids are kept engaged. The kids get opportunities to move around (sometimes to go up to the board), and the activities are fast-paced, so I think your girl will probably like it. G is coming to 21months old πŸ™‚

      1. Violet Yap

        hihi, will seriously check out Novena branch. Appreciate that you are very open and genuine in your sharing and opinion about Novena centre. Honestly, I am very wary about some opinions in this discussion which seems like a spoke-person for a particular centre πŸ˜‰

        hi Adele88, can consider Heguru Novena or Heguru Fusionopolis centre. Since you stay in Bishan, both are rather near you too. If you don’t like to drive and park, you can take North South to Novena MRT or Circle Line to Fusionopolis One North MRT. Can check out their websites http://www.hegurucenter.com.sg & http://www.hegurumethod.com.sg

      2. mummyshymz Post author

        You’re welcome! I’m just sharing what I know. You can go over to novena to take a look to see how the logistics work out. Hope you find something that is suitable for you and your child πŸ™‚ btw, there is a flight of steps up to the class, so if you are bringing a pram it’s better to get someone along to help.

  5. Cherie

    I have many friends who sent their children to Eunos branch and I also asked them about the school and environment as I intend to send my own children there. I just went down to attend their information session over the weekend. I am also a very kiasu mummy πŸ˜›

    – The school is no where near Geylang area. It is in a nice serene environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city. That is what I like. In fact, there are many reputable building along the same stretch of road. The building where the centre is in is just beside AIA Changi HQ building, and along the stretch, I also saw Great Eastern building, MDIS HQ etc. Just down the road, I see that there are new shopping malls under construction. Behind the building are all the landed houses… That is why I feel the area is in fact very safe and nice.

    – I have also spoken to head teacher Paige and the Principal during the information session. They are both very knowledgeable about right brain training and I can see their passion and love for children.

    – I also asked Paige if she is tired having to teach several classes a day. She told me it is her passion and in fact, she is the one who requested to conduct as many classes as she can, with her passion and love for children. As she has been teaching in the past 10 years, she told me she is used to it and it helps to train up her stamina as well. She said she would feel lethargic if she doesn’t teach. She hopes every child whom she teaches can benefit for her classes. And she told me she has enough rest in between lessons, so it is really ok for her. I do have great respect for her, really!! I have been to several enrichment centres but seriously where to find such committed teacher like her?

    I have asked my friends about her lessons as some attend morning and some late evening classes. A few told me Paige is still very energetic and “loud” during the last class. So personally I we should be choosing lessons based on our own logistics and the nap time of our child. I would still go for the afternoon or evening class as she tends to be less alert in the morning.

    – As for expansion, I haven’t heard anything from the principal. But I understand the centre will be offering new classes in April. I also see a few other nice lady teachers who are helping out at the centre.

    – Oh, and what I like the centre is that it gives a very clean, nice, homely and cosy feeling. There is also a nice children play area on the second floor and a nice pantry area where the centre offers coffee, tea and drinks to waiting parents. That is indeed very thoughtful!

    – Parking wise, parents can park at the basement carpark of the building for free during weekends, so that is very nice too !

    – What is probably missing is a restroom inside the centre. But I guess that is fine as the restroom is directly outside the centre.

    That’s my review of the Eunos centre as that is the only centre that I have been to. Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  6. Cherie

    Oh, the other thing I would like to add is that I wish there could be a shopping mall nearby the Eunos centre for my hubby to hang around should I start lessons there. But since it is only 1 hour, I will just tell him to live with it and play with his Ipad in the pantry area on the second floor. HAHAHA

  7. Adele88

    Hi Cherie, thanks for your long promotion of Eunos branch. Just a personal opinion that I do not like Eunos area. My sis who used to work at AIA Changi also commented that there are always interesting characters hanging around there. Good thing that your hubby is playing his iPad within the centre while waiting for you and your child to finish class. Don’t let him loiter out of the premise less he be tempted or harassed by interesting characters πŸ˜‰

  8. Vivian Tan

    I chanced upon this site while looking for enrichment centres for my children.

    Adele88, your comments are very shocking to me. I have been staying at Eunosville (directly opposite AIA) since young. I do respect personal opinions but please refrain from making disparaging and untrue remarks of my area of residence. Whatever your intention, my husband and I are very offended by your remarks on the Eunos neighbourhood. It is safe and quiet. We have never met any “interesting characters” over the years like you mentioned.

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi, thanks for stopping over. I’m sure the comments here were not meant to offend anyone.
      There has been quite a lot of discussion on the comparison between the 3 branches. In my humble opinion it would be better to go down directly to the branch to assess the suitability based you and your child’s needs.
      Currently the fees at heguru are still paid on a monthly basis, with no deposit required. So I would suggest giving the classes a try. Do share your feedback after you have started classes! I look forward to hearing from all of you πŸ™‚

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi, just an update with regards to the number of teachers at novena : there are a total of 3 teachers at the branch, 2 gentlemen and a lady(Elisabeth) πŸ™‚

  9. Samantha

    Hi, I visited the Eunos branch sometime back. Any mummies know why the principal, Eng Liang and teacher Marilyn doesn’t teach? What if teacher Paige falls ill?

    1. Elaine

      Hi Samatha,

      My son and daughter has been with Herguru Education in Eunos for quite sometime. So far, they have been quite professional and no such incident has ever happened to us before! If I am not wrong, they will be hiring more teachers soon due to overwhelming. I will really recommend this branch! πŸ˜€

      1. AHYM

        Hi mummyshymz,

        My baby is attending the Heguru class now at Fusionopolis. I have read the terms and condition and the school is charging GST from July 2013 onwards. Is this applicable to all the branches?

  10. Pamela Seak

    Hi All,

    Thanks for sharing everyone. I do agree with Vivian that some posts reads a little too spokesperson-y…

    I have a 15 month old boy and I think I am a little late in finding classes for my son. I am considering between putting him in MindChamps or just weekly classes with Heguru or Shicida.

    I spoke to people from Heguru Novena and Shicida Toa Payoh today. I think I might just put him in Heguru Novena. For virtue of the fact that there are slots available. Shicida TPY has a 3 – 6 months waiting list. Some one told me to put a deposit early but I was lazy to go : (

    I have gone to My Little Genius for a trial lesson, few months back but didn’t sign up due to the location. Nothing for hubby to do around Kovan area.

    Has anyone put their child/ren in MindChamps Pre-School? If so, would I still need to put my son through right-brain training?

    I am at a lost as to what to do. We like that MindChamps is a childcare that incorporates enrichment lessons but the cost is S$1,300/monthly after subsidy. That means less holidays for us haha. But DH can bring him to the centre where he works, so no extra travelling required. We don’t drive BTW.

    Pros & Cons for Us:

    Heguru/Shicida – Much cheaper and less commitment for us but DS continues to stay with my mum from Mondays to Thursdays. Question: Is it really necessary?

    MindChamps – Very expensive but allows DS to stay with us all week long. I like that he has structured classes (5 kinds of enrichment over 5 days) ‘coz we don’t have a routine at home. Question: Will he lose out from not having right brain training?

    Can anyone share their thoughts please? Thank you very much.

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Pamela, thank you for coming by and leaving a comment πŸ™‚

      IMHO, childcare(cc) and right brain classes address different aspects. It depends what you are looking for. If your main concern is for DS to learn his ABCs, colours, numbers, and have a structured time table while you are at work, cc would be your choice. Right brain education would not be able to teach him all that within a 50 mins to 1 hour time slot once a week. However, I believe that right brain education helps to complement the learning cycle.

      G attends both cc and heguru. At cc, besides the usual academic stuff (alphabet, art etc), he picks up life skills and learns to be independent. Learning tends to be focused on the left brain. At Heguru, the focus is on right brain aspects like photographic memory, ESP. He is also exposed to a wide range of information during class, presented at high speed.

      I find right brain classes beneficial, from what I observed in my older child, who has attended the classes when she was younger (she didn’t attend cc). However, since the classes are conducted only once a week, it would be good if the parents can do some home practice to reinforce what was learnt in class (Shichida advocates home practise, and has sessions dedicated to teaching the parent how to conduct home practise.) There is also the aspect of parent-child bonding, strongly emphasized at Shichida and Heguru.

      I can’t say which method of education is better. Perhaps you could give the classes a try, to see how your son reacts, and for yourself to judge if it is beneficial?

  11. Lynn

    Hi Hi, I am thinking of sending my son to Heguru class at Fusionopolis. He is 17 months now.. Any feedback on the teachers and the school? I am also curious if right brain training is good for a left-hander?

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Lynn, thanks for reading! I’m not at Fusionopolis so I would not comment much. Perhaps another reader could help answer your query on that branch πŸ™‚

      From what I understand about right-brain training, it’s in fact about the development of whole brain, and activities are geared to encourage the bridging of the left and right brain. There is no evidence that hand dominance has any impact on the benefits. I will not elaborate too much or else this comment will be very long, but I’ll be doing a post on this soon πŸ™‚ btw, my daughter is right-handed, and my son seems to prefer his left hand πŸ™‚

      1. Lynn

        Thanks for the reply. Hopefully there will be feedback from another reader. I dont seem to find many comments on the Fusionpolis branch.

        Looking forward to the post. My son also seems to prefer his left hand. Do you have any book recommendation on the Shichida/Heguru method or rightbrain training?

  12. Violet Yap

    Hi Lynn, my niece (< 1 years old) is currently attending Heguru @ Fusionopolis. Very good feedback about their teachers from my sis in law. Unfortunately, as I stay in Woodlands, it is a little too far for me as I don't drive. You can read some more parents feedbacks about Heguru @ Fusionopolis on their website, http://www.hegurumethod.com.sg/parents-testimonials.html

  13. Lynn

    OIC. Maybe I will start with the Chinese version of the books first. National Library has quite a few Chinese books on Shichida.

    Hi Violet, thanks for your feedback!

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      If you read the Chinese versions there a lot more choices πŸ™‚ I read really slowly in Chinese so I prefer the English version. Hehe.

      1. Lynn

        Hi HI, I just like to find out more about the teachers at Novena. They current have the timing that i preferred. You mentioned that they are not so experienced. May i know a bit more details to this if it is convenient to share? or if you would prefer, pls email me.

      2. mummyshymz Post author

        Hi, I’ve emailed you. In fact, after 5 months of lessons, I’ve found that the teacher has gained momentum, and the initial hiccups have smoothened out πŸ™‚

  14. Cyn

    Hi mummyshymz
    I’m sending my daughter to SM currently and would like to try out Heguru.
    How do you find the classes now?
    Is the teacher good?
    Would you recommend Elisabeth or have you heard anything about elsenaboutntheother 2 male teachers?

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Cyn, thanks for stopping by! The classes have gained a certain momentum now. I find that G is able to respond verbally to ESP activities, so it’s very encouraging πŸ™‚
      Elisabeth is good with the kids, and patient. G likes her. I’ve not attended classes with the male teachers, so wouldn’t be able to comment on their classes. From my interaction with them, they are very friendly and approachable πŸ™‚

  15. Pamela Seak

    Hi All,

    Just a little sharing and update…

    2 weeks back I finally have time to bring DS to Heguru Novena and I signed him up for June. They pro-rated May’s class for me so that particular lesson cost me S$75. I was quite impressed with the content of the class. The amount of information shared was pretty cool. I learnt quite a bit myself that day. The teacher (I didn’t ask her name, but she was tall and pretty) was good. Clear enunciation and great energy. Everything was super fast paced.

    The 1st lesson we went in June, the teacher (as mentioned above) was not available so the owner conducted the class himself. He was a bit softer and enunciation wasn’t as good. Speed was a bit slower but it did make it easier for us to catch the proceedings. I realised that the 70% of the content was the same which allows better retention I think. Some activities were totally different.

    So far we went for 2 lessons and I enjoyed myself. Don’t know about DS lol. Both times the ESP exercises DS got it right, so I don’t know if it’s a coincidence (1st time, I thought it probably is) but I guess our minds probably really work in ways we don’t understand.

    Additional Info:

    DS goes for music classes at Our Music Studio on Saturdays (paid S$50 for registration but didn’t get a semester package, will go for ad hoc classes at S$35 each) and I signed him up for French classes at Alliance Francaise de Singapour (8 lessons at S$195 + GST).

    We told ourselves we wouldn’t be kiasu parents before DS was born… But he is really clever, not even 16 months and he has a spoken vocabulary of more than 50 words so we thought we should spend more on developing him. We signed him up for MindChamps PreSchool and he will start mid-August when he is 18 mo. I guess the Singaporean mentality is really ingrained in us…

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Pamela, thanks for your feedback on Heguru and other enrichment classes. I’m sure many parents would find this information useful πŸ™‚ I think the French class available only on weekdays?

      I guess the teacher you mentioned was Elizabeth. Yes, in general they repeat some of the contents for 4 weeks (but at increasing speeds and slightly different way of presenting).

      1. Pamela Seak

        Oh haha I guess so. I shall check this Friday.

        When the French class was full, I ask if I could go ahead and gather more toddlers so we can start another class. They said I could try so I am just hoping that Saturday/Sunday is possible. I will only ask them if there is more interest.

        In any case, my thoughts are that once DS starts MC in August, there should be no more enrichment classes for him since MC is supposed to have 5 lessons and 5 enrichment lessons per week. But if the French class is good, I wouldn’t mind him continuing if they start a weekend class, I will take it as a revision for my French too : ) (Tuesdays at 9.30am is really quite horrible to bring toddlers for a class…)

      2. mummyshymz Post author

        In fact I did ask about a toddlers class on weekends at AF because I’m working and it’s not possible for me to bring G down on weekdays. So right now I just let him listen to French songs and stories. It’s great that your DS has a flair for languages, he will have fun at zouzous.
        Actually now my priority is to be able to bring the kids outdoors more often…

  16. Lynn

    wow, spoken vocabulary of more than 50 words at 15 months…Your son so clever…
    Sounded like Heguru Novena is more flexible, I dont think the Heguru branch i sign on with allows pro-rating of class. My first lesson was spent chasing after my son. He keeps running around the class. I hope he will settle down in time to come..
    Which MC branch are you sending your DS to?
    Has the French class started? I am curious on how they will be conducting the class. (My husband actually want my son to learn a foreign language in the future. But i have not researched on that yet as I thought there wont be such class for toddlers.)

  17. Pamela Seak

    Hi Lynn,

    I was actually a little concern when he still didn’t call us at 7 to 8 months but turns out that he is very talkative (like Mummy) lol. He did start calling Papa at 11 months. One random day (when he just hit 14 months) he just started saying many words.

    I went for the last session of May. The policy is that you have to sign up the following month so they pro-rated May and I had to sign up for June. No trial lessons allowed in that sense. So not that flexible also. I think they have to follow the policies of HQ in Japan.

    He will be going to MC Bishan. It’s at Midview City where my husband works. So he can dump DS there before going up to work : P

    The next Session (term) for the French class (Les PrΓ© Zou Zous) starts on 25th June 2013. It’s a 45 mins class on Tuesday from 9.30am to 10.15am. I went there 2 months back and took the brochure and got a shock when I saw the price S$195/session. Then few days ago I was looking at the brochure again and realised their “session” means our term”, so it’s actually S$195 for 8 classes. So I immediately went to sign up but was told the class is full, maximum of 6 toddlers per class. I left my number anyway and was delighted when they called me back the next day to say that someone was pulling out. So I quickly signed DS up. I am not so fond of the Tuesday time slot though. So if you know anyone who wants to join the class, we can form a new class for like Saturday or Sunday…

  18. Pamela Seak

    Hi mummyshymz,

    Where do you get the French materials?

    Would you be interested if there was a weekend class for toddlers? I am still trying to see what I can do about that : )

    I also believe in bringing DS out to experience “life”. We go to the Zoo, Bird Park and he has gone on 5 overseas trips with us so far. He enjoyed Disneyland more than we thought he would ‘coz he has never been into rides…

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Wow, your DS is a lucky boy πŸ™‚
      For French books and music – you can get them from bookdepository, kinokuniya, amazon.fr, fnac. I also have French folk songs and shows that I bought some time back.

      1. Pamela Seak

        I am an alumni of AF but I am guilty of entering the library only once previously haha. I will definitely borrow some stuff from there. Think I will go to Kinokuniya too.

        We are lucky to have him. He was an accident and I was so depressed in my 1st trimester haha. We were married for 7 years and didn’t want children. He is such a joy I think I am gonna have 4 to 7 kids lol : P

      2. mummyshymz Post author

        There are plenty of nice children’s books there, DVDs and CDs too πŸ™‚ I was always there on weekends.
        Wow, 4 to 7! it’s nice to have a big family πŸ™‚

  19. Babyseetoh

    I chanced upon this blog thru googling ‘coz I was looking for more info at Heguru.will be attending open house @Eunos but I feel that Fusionpolis is more convenient for me. Hence, my decision factor would be the teachers (I have a hyper active toddler @14mo) and classroom environment.

    I have a bad impression with SM admin service, i have to called numerous times & put myself on waitinglist yet, no news or feedback, neither is there any follow up service. besides bad review from other parents on SM, admin plays apart in my choice of school.

    Btw, may I know whether do u need to buy any materials frm Heguru for home practice?

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi, thank you for coming by πŸ™‚
      I think it would be best to talk to the teachers at the two branches you mentioned to know which would be the best fit.
      At Heguru, there are no compulsary home practice materials. There are some for purchase, but the list is quite limited compared to SM. We do get the mandala worksheet home to colour though,and at Novena branch I saw some simple recommended home practice on the notice board (updated monthly).
      Good luck in your search, hope you find something suitable πŸ™‚

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  21. jerricwoo

    Chances upon your blog recently. My 2 kids, a 3-yr-old boy and a 1 yr old girl attends Heguru lessons at the Novena branch as well. They’ve re-opened recently and has undergone a lot of changes in terms of environament and teaching staff. The whole place has undergone a massive Reno and my kids are saying that it is so nice now. In terms of teachers, a new teacher named Karyn is teaching my girl while principal Jerris is teaching my boy. Im always sitting in all the lessons with my kids as my wife is busy working.
    After a few weeks, I can say that I am impressed by both the teachers’ passion and competency level.
    My kids are enjoying their lessons tremendously.

  22. Manisha Dattani

    Hi There, I am planning to bring this concept to India and was wondering if the blog readers had any thoughts.

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Manisha, thanks for stopping by my blog. There are some Indian mummies who attend right brain classes in Singapore. Hope they will reply here πŸ™‚

  23. Ida

    mummshymz, i’ll like to contact you to ask your advice. im currently choosing between Novena and Fusionpolis. possible to get your email address? thank you in advance.

  24. Ida

    Thank you mummyshymz for responding to my queries. Update – I have finally enrolled my 9mths old at Heguru Novena beginning May. Attended two lessons so far. No one knows for sure if right brain training is a myth or fact (esp the paying husband), but I think it is justified as I am enjoying the learning experience with my little one. Also, as a SAHM, who is not very creative, I do run out of things to do with my LO (I find myself repeating the same nursery rhymes, same books, same conversation). Attending Heguru gives me extra ideas to communicate with my LO.

    Once again, thank you mummyshymz for maintaining this beautiful blog, and for sharing your home-practice materials.

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Ida, glad that you found my blog useful πŸ™‚ some of my friends find that it’s helpful to rotate with their husbands on alternate weeks. This way, both get bonding time, and the husbands get to see what class time is like for the little ones. I find that I learn so much during class – especially during the flashcard sessions and song sessions. Have fun!

  25. mama and matilda

    Hi there, I am really glad to have your blog and thank you for sharing those valuable resources,extremely grateful. I have attended 3 lessons with my 9 months old thus far and have seen some results. Your blog is very precious to me as it shares some of the many questions and doubts I have about Heguru and the activities for right brain training.

  26. Fai

    Hi thanks for writing this very insightful piece! Truly enjoyed reading this post. I understand from your post that her guru charges per class. Do you mind sharing how much does it cost per class please?


    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Fai, currently they have changed their fee payment structure. I’m currently paying for two months each time at Heguru Novena. If I’m not wrong, fees for weekdays and weekend classes are different. Perhaps you can give them a call to find out more about the charges?

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  28. Lily Surya

    Hi, I am curious, now that your son has gone through Heguru and grown up 4 years later, did you feel it is worth it? I am considering sending my son too but not sure whether it is helpful down the line

    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Lily, sorry for the late reply! Yes, in fact, he is still attending the primary program at Heguru πŸ™‚ I’ve been too caught up with life to post. But to answer your question, yes, it’s worth it πŸ™‚


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