Heguru, Shichida, Glenn Doman…
Google right brain training and all those names pop up. There are waves of schools enrolling babies as young as 4 months to flash them information at high speed, and using their photographic memory to retain facts and information.
To what end? They might show off their skills to relatives at chinese new year, but in the long run, the learning journey and how to learn, is still a skill to be mastered. These passive learning methods have its limitations.
Nonetheless, I found myself in possession of a couple tonnes of kg of Glenn Doman baby flash cards. I must say, for mandarin where one needs to recognise characters, it’s awesome. For shapes and flags, yes. However for English, please stick to phonics.
I even went for a trial at Happy Train, a little flashcard activity centre full of love for the little ones! Nat loved the high speed classes, needed a feed in the middle of the hour, and was super tired right after and slept straight away in the cab home. One hour is too long, too stressful for mama, and we didn’t get to bond closely during it as I felt I was simply wishing he will take in as much as I paid for.
I wouldn’t be doing right brain training at the expense of reading aloud to him which I barely manage to fit in.
However if you feel this is one thing you enjoy and can bond with your child, I recommend this little school!
English: Phonics or word recognition?
Flashing cards to them is teaching them to recognise words by sight. Teaching phonics however is a method that equips them with the ability to read spell and write, and carries them further.
Simply recognising words does nothing for their ability to read and spell things you haven’t ever flashed to them.
Other gentler and more holistic method I’ve found: Tweedlewink! Developed by Winnie, an early learning specialist, with branches all over Malaysia and possibly one soon in Singapore.