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Shichida Classes

Shichida Classes are a fantastic way to train your child's left and right brain. More than just Flash cards, Shichida teaches Languages, Mathematics, Science and hones their Photographic memory.

Curriculum

I put my 3 children through Shichida and recommended many friends to it. Let me put it up-front, I have no stake in the company!

I find that the ideal age to start is about 9 months. They can move, but most kids can't really walk yet so they can sit and stay put on their seats for their lessons which last about 1 hour. All the games in each class are not repeated again in the next class, that is all the games are new for each lesson.

Initially for children younger than 1 year, they play simple games to train their concentration, gross and fine motor skills as well as memory and ESP (Extra Sensory Perception). OK, before you laugh, I find that there are kids who are just born with a more acute ESP. I have come across kids in some of the years of classes I have attended with my kids who can guess the hidden picture 100% of the time. For the rest of the kids, it is probably a 50%/50% chance of guessing it correctly. Some days they are smoking and get everything correct, some days, every guess is wrong. No big deal, it goes with the package.

What I find most useful about Shichida is the Memory training. By about 4 years old, most of the children who are still in the class can memorize staggering amounts of things. They employ Flash Memory where the teacher flashes the cards and the kids recall what was just shown, Peg Memory where each picture is tagged to a number and Linking Memory where the child will memorize pictures and recite them within a specified time. They also memorize poems every month.

Read about Visual vs Audio Memory and find out why children should develop their Photographic Memory.

Result : Many of the kids who stick it out and continue the classes till about 5 years old have a far superior memory than a child who has not undergone Shichida. Many of them proceed to top their classes in Primary school.

Not every child is suitable for Shichida. The work is accelerated for their age group. If they started at a young age, it won't be a problem. There is a lot of homework to do. My children don't always finish all their homework. Some kids don't like memorizing the Linking memory, but that is not to say they don't have the ability to do it. They are just too lazy to force the brain to do it. My elder daughter is just such a child.

If that is the case and you find yourself struggling with your kid to do any of the work, it is up to you to decide how much you or your child can take. I recommend you persevere as long as you can. Finally, every child is not the same, it doesn't mean your second child will be like your first child. My second daughter is a Shichida kid to the 'T'. She loves doing all the work and finds it a stimulating challenge. She recently won the Silver medal in the Shichida Brain Excellence Award.


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