G has started his 3rd month at Heguru. He continues to enjoy his classes, and participates actively. He particularly enjoys going up to the board to give his answers. 🙂
Here are some updates on the class activities:
Nummer Kasten continues to be used in class to introduce the concept of addition/subtraction.
Skip counting has also been introduced in preparation for multiplication- skipping by 2s, 5s,10s.
The multiplication flashcards started by showing the equations with dots. Now it has moved to dots on grids.
3D visualisation – blocks are shown to the children, and they are asked to count the number of blocks. The concept of the hidden block is explained.
Number recognition – the children are asked to fill in the blanks for a sequence of numbers.
We have started listening to stories and songs played back at different speeds (normal speed, 2.5x, 3.5x). According to research, the human is capable of understanding up to 350 words per minute (!!). Thinking about it, it’s true that when we listen to stories at normal speed of 125-150 words per minute, our minds tend to wander, since only a small portion of our brain is needed for comprehension. Listening to recordings at higher speed forces the brain to focus. I’ve noticed that G pays much more attention when the high speed recordings are played.
Life skills/motor skills
Concept of currency – each child is given list of items to “buy”. They are to pick out the items from the box (e.g. 2 black pens and 1 green magnet), then pay with the correct amount.
They have also tried using clothes peg to clip pieces of cloth on a clothesline (useful skill to help mummy later!)
Confucian analects (论语) recordings are played in class. We are also going through 三字经(or the three character classic).
Note: I’ve not learnt the confucian analects as a child. Now that G is going through this in class, I found the english translations particularly useful. 😉
In February, we had a very interesting song on the correct usage of chopsticks! Via the song, the children are taught the correct etiquette for using chopsticks – for example, sticking chopsticks in your rice bowl is like offering it to your ancestors, lol!
Exercises to identify the first letter of the word and filling in the missing letters of simple words have been done. Today we learnt about opposites.
Hiragana (part of the japanese alphabet) and Japanese songs have also been introduced as part of the lessons.
We’ve learnt about plants last month. This month, we’re learning about inventors and the capitals of asian countries.
ESP skills consist of several components, and we have been working mainly on clairvoyance and telepathy. Today we did an exercise on premonition. G’s success rate is pretty high (he got all the answers correct in the previous classes!) but recently I’ve noticed that his performance in this area drops when he is distracted or tired. I was pretty skeptical about this part of right brain training when I started, but I’m getting more convinced that there really is something to ESP training when I watch G in class. Either that, or he is extremely lucky!
I continue to be amazed at what G can do, and find that there is still so much more to learn (starting with the confucian analects, of course)!
What are your thoughts on right brain training?