Over the years, countless studies have confirmed the benefits and effects of early education on a child’s development. But, experts believe that the effects vary based on where the education is concentrated. Some institutions offer special training for the development of the so-called “right brain” in children, believing that this would help enhance how well the child absorbs lessons and processes thoughts.
Subjecting the right brain to training at a young age would give the child a strong foundation for learning. That’s why two schools of right brain development — HEGL, pronounced “heguru,” and Shichida — have decided to focus on these particularly, albeit with slightly different approaches.
The HEGL (or Heguru) Method
The HEGL method, pronounced and more commonly known as Heguru, was developed by Hirotada and Ruiko Henmi over three decades ago. This style of teaching incorporates various teaching materials, such as flash cards, puzzles, abacuses, and songs to develop the right brain and “grow children’s ability to acquire education,” with a focus on treating the children as students. The teaching method includes ESP (extra sensory perception) training, eye training, rapid flashing of cards, sequence memory training, photographic memory training, mental imaging, speed listening, physical activities, handwriting, and storytelling, among other devices, in its curriculum.
The Shichida Method
The Shichida method, on the other hand, also focuses on the right brain; however, it leans more towards what happens to the children outside the classroom, thus focusing on the students as children instead of the other way around. Like the Heguru method, the Shichida method focuses on developing specific abilities traditionally designated to the right brain, such as the ability to identify musical pitch, photographic memory ability, proficiency in multiple languages, a computer-like ability to calculate and many other intuitive abilities.
Truth be told, the question of which method is better can only be answered by you. Evaluate the lessons and focus of each school of training and make what you think would be the best decision for your child.