G at Heguru – 2nd year update

Time flies, and I’ve realized that my last update on Heguru was from March last year (!)

G has been attending Heguru classes for a year now. Since Heguru groups the children born in the year 2012 and 2011 together in the same class, he is still doing pretty much the same activities compared to last year.

Course contents
With the new management taking over last September, there were some improvements made to the contents, for example, introduction of Chinese word flash cards. The physical exercises were also fine-tuned so that they were more age-appropriate (last year G was asked to hop on one leg at 1yo… )

Peg memory numbers 1-100 had been fully covered last year. With the start of the new year, we are starting with numbers 1 to 10 again.

The topics covered during the flashcards are not duplicated though, and new sets of cards are introduced every 4 weeks. I’m constantly inspired by the topics presented in class – ranging from guitar chords to types of whales to sources of calcium.

I’ve also purchased a set of 24 booklets recommended by Heguru (12 books for intellectual development, 12 books for number concept). They contain simple exercises to be done with G on a daily basis (a page from each booklet a day). An example of the contents in the intellectual development booklets include identification of parts of the body (vol. 1) to identifying collective nouns (vol. 12). For number concepts, they start with simple counting (vol. 1) to counting number of blocks in 3-D shapes (vol.12).

Heguru booklets

G’s progress
G is turning 3 this May. In right brain training, this is the age when the children start to give “output”. (Previously, when they were younger, below 2 years old, the focus concentrated on “input”, where information was presented to the child). Since the end of last year, I’ve seen G responding to ESP exercises verbally, sometimes shouting out the answers before teacher finished the question. I’ve mentioned previously that I was surprised that G could do the ESP exercises, and I continue to be impressed by his output in this area.

Previously I had concerns that the introduction to colour mandala was not age appropriate. Now that G is a year older, he is able to do the colouring by himself. He is now less distracted by the box of crayons, and able to focus on the image. On some occasions, he is also able to start drawing the shapes on the mandala (but most times, I’m still the one drawing).

He has also grasped the concept of linking memory. Last December, on a whim I decided to try it with G using a set of cards. To my surprise, he was able to name all 10 cards I placed and could recite bits of the story that I told. Currently he is able to do about 15-20 cards (depending on his mood).

One of the areas that he has not made progress, though, is during self-introduction. The cheeky boy happily goes to the front of the class when called, but refuses to say his name or answer questions (he happily chatters on when he is out of the spotlight). Hopefully this stage passes soon…

I’m happy to see that G continues to enjoy his classes, and look forward to more pleasant surprises this year 🙂

Which of your kids’ recent developments have surprised you most?

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10 thoughts on “G at Heguru – 2nd year update

  1. Angel Than

    it’s good to see the output. my 6 mth old son is on Heguru RB training, I’m looking forward to 1 year later so I could see his output… Would like to check where you purchase the flashcards? I was told to use flashcard of pictures instead of what they sell outside.

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Angel, I bought them from various sources, including taobao.com, popular (I chose A5 sized ones) and some online sellers. I also made some myself. Yes, it is recommended to use flashcards with only pictures or only words, else it can be distracting.

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi, sorry for late reply. The booklets contain simple activities for 3yo. Not like the ones that we do in the toddler class (not sure if it’s different in the preschooler class though).
      In my opinion, the activities are similar to the workbooks found in bookshops. There are small prompts at the bottom of the worksheet to guide the parent on how to teach (similar to Kumon booklets). Eg in addition to asking where the mouth is, can prompt to ask what we use to eat.
      I buy it for the convenience (instead of sourcing for various worksheets) but if you are hardworking, the contents can be easily found elsewhere 😊

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  2. nadahome

    Reblogged this on Happy to play and learn kids by Nada 's Home and commented:
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  3. DV

    Hi mummyshymz, May I ask which branch of Heguru your son goes to? Just anxious to know that all the money yields good output when my little one turns 3 🙂 I’m taking my son to the one at Fusionopolis. Thanks 🙂

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  4. Xinli

    Hi, I was reading up on Heguru right brain learning when I chanced upon yr blog. Enjoyed reading yr blog. What’s yr thoughts or experience on other right brain training such as Happy Train?

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      Hi Xinli,
      Thanks for coming by.

      There are a few schools doing right brain education in Singapore right now. I wouldn’t be able to comment on all of them since I didn’t attend lessons there.

      In my opinion, each of the schools have the own strengths. In Japan, Heguru and Shichida are well-known for their right brain education.

      From what I know, the other schools in Singapore follow similar methods (eg flashcards, breathing, dots) with some modifications (for example, some don’t do ESP, linking memory). Speed, no. of activities also vary.

      At the end of the day, to me, home practice is the most important. You might want to attend trials at some of the schools to see which you prefer.

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