Friday, December 21, 2012

Heguru - an introduction

It's been a productive week, both at work and at home. I'm ready now to embrace my weekend and seriously start the countdown to Christmas. Four more days! I can't wait! Richard has already loaded his presents under the Christmas tree. He wrapped all his presents in RED wrapping paper and was mildly concerned when I contributed one teeny weeny present wrapped in BLUE. Eyesore? Come on, it was still Christmas-themed - there were snowflakes on it! Haha!

If you're curious about these photos, they were taken at the Heguru founders' seminar which I attended about two weeks back. I think Rachel looks really darling in these shots!

I wanted to check out Heguru because, from what I understand, its philosophy and approach are very similar to Shichida's. According to stuff I've read here and there in the past, which may or may not be accurate, the Heguru founders previously operated a Shichida school in Tokyo but later withdrew from the franchise to set up Heguru. There are a few differences between the two methods but, by and large, the two methods are based on the same theories and it would be pointless to measure one against the other. Each has its strengths and, in any event, results largely depend on a culmination of factors, including home environment and parental involvement.

Whatever its origins, Heguru has evolved into a brandname in its own right and is well-established in Japan for right-brain training and early childhood education. In particular, its students are well known in Japan for being able to do wave-reading (Hado reading). It is utterly amazing to watch the students perform wave-reading and watching them, you really start to wonder about the latent potential in all of us which can be realised with the correct training. Personally, I don't need my children to be able to do Hado reading but the fact that the Heguru students are capable of doing this is, to me, a sign that the method is on the right track when it comes to training the right brain. In any case, I understand that the focus of the programme that Heguru is presently offering in Singapore will not be on Hado reading, but rather, on helping the child build a strong foundation for learning in the future.

I mentioned in a previous post that there are three Heguru schools opening up in Singapore in January 2013. These are located in the west, east and central part of Singapore, respectively. Each one is independent of the other and they each have slightly different names, so if you are looking for information on a particular centre, you will need to go directly to that centre.

The centre nearest to us is the one at Eunos, which is having an open house this Saturday (22 December 2012) and another one next Saturday (29 December 2012). You can get the details on their website here. Also on the website, you can watch a video of the students doing Hado reading.

I had the opportunity to speak with the principal and the teachers from the Eunos centre and they are really lovely and warm people, all very keen and interested in right-brain training and early childhood education.

In other news, today is Winter Solstice so I hope you have a warm reunion with your family over a soothing bowl of 'tang yuan'. Have a lovely Christmas-sy weekend.


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