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First Anniversary in The Shichida Method

Edison in Shichida t-shirtA few readers e-mailed me and asked me for comments on The Shichida Method. I apologize for not responding to you earlier as I’ve planned to post it in my blog to share with everyone. After evaluating this program for a year, I do have a lot of comments to share.

This term, July – Sept 09, marks Little Edison’s first anniversary in The Shichida Method. However, I don’t have any amazing incident to share in terms of his extraordinary achievements as compared to other kids. I don’t expect him to turn genius within a year. Neither am I expecting any fantastic results from him.

From the start of the program, I have a set of realistic expectations. I hope that Little Edison can master the linguistic and mathematical concepts by the age of three. I also hope that he can develop excellent memory, good attention span and positive attitude towards learning.

Our first term was tough. I was struggling hard to digest what it is all about. Little Edison had very little interest in flashcards and the activities introduced in the class. Most of time, he was crawling around the classroom, climbing up the table and even sleeping! I was too ambitious then, I wanted to teach him everything. When he showed little interest to learn, I was feeling exasperated and lost.

Somewhere during the second term, it finally hit me. I realized that I should stop putting pressure on ourselves. I changed my mindset. It wasn’t easy, but I had to. I let him learn on his own pace, enjoy our Saturday lessons and continue to do home practice faithfully as often as we can. Both of us felt more relaxed.

From the third term onwards, his attention span and interest towards flashcards increased dramatically. He participated in the class activities with ease. He enjoyed music play, flashcards, finger training, memory games and most of the activities in the class. He has developed into a confident and happy kid.

Now, he understands concepts and things very well. He is enthusiastic about learning. Every night, he wants me to practice flashcards with him. We have about half an hour of home practice – we practice picture cards, dot cards, memory games, music play and I also read some nursery books to him. He enjoys attending the Shichida classes and home practices.

Apart from learning, The Shichida Method has also influenced the way I raise Little Edison. Prior joining the program, I have very little knowledge about the right brain ability. Then I realized that the first 3 years of life are critical when the child is fast absorbing information and eager to learn. We should provide massive inputs to stimulate their five senses regularly.

Edison goes to schoolThe program has not only enriched my son, but also myself in becoming a good parent. The Shichida Method emphasizes on unconditional love as the key to open a child’s heart and mind. I realized the importance of touch, a firm hug, a gentle pat and encouraging words to draw out my child’s potential. I learnt the right approach and motivated to enjoy parenthood to the fullest.

Other parents may see me as a competitive or kiasu mother who enrolled my son to school at a tender age of 10 months old. Some may even think that it’s a waste of money. But all these didn’t bother me. I have faith in Little Edison. The genius in him will sprout one day. I will help him to find his strengths and dreams, and continue to provide him with the best education. 


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  • Phoebe

    Hi Emily,

    I was also labeled ‘kiasu’ by many ppl too some even say Ryann so poor thing, have to study at such a tender age but i just don’t care about their comments.
    Personally, i feel it is just different parenting style. Whether we send them to class or not doesn’t make parents’ love any lesser. We still love them and have interest in our hearts isn’t it?
    I treat it as a time to bond and learn with Ryann as well, most importantly, Ryann is enjoying his class. His lack of eye contact problem has improved. He start to play and interact with other kids.
    I totally agree that it is a learning lesson for me too.
    Great job Emily, Lets all learn together. =p Jiayou and enjoy the process.

    • Emily

      Hi Phoebe,
      Thanks for pointing out on the bonding time. Yes, during the class, we enjoy all the activities together. It’s a great bonding time for us.

      I’m following your blog and I love to read activities that Ryann did in the class. You and Ryann did a fantastic job too….

      YES! We will certainly enjoy the learning process! 🙂

  • Joey

    My daughter is attending the Shichida and having problem to focus or participate. After reading your blog, i realise that i’m not the only mother which has this problem. Wanted to withdraw her from the class next term, but now, i will reconsider again.

    Good jobs on the blog !!!!

    • Emily

      Hi Joey,
      How many terms liao? I suggest you continue one more term and observe… by 2nd or 3rd term, usually the kids will start to pay attention…

  • Doreen

    My son has attended the class for 2 yrs since he was 2. I personally thinks it helps his picture memory. Thus could identify things (the difference) very well. This also helps him in his language class.

    Now i’ve a new bornm, 2 months old bb, and contemplating when to start him with the class. Anyone start their child before 1 yrs? What do they do at such early years? can u share?

    • Emily

      Hi Doreen,
      My boy started SM at 10 months old. At a start, it was difficult to keep him seated throughout the lesson. After 2 terms, he can finally sit still and pay attention. He has a classmate who is able to sit still thoughout the lesson since he started the program. He is also the same age as my boy. So, I guess every kids are different.

      Personally, I think that 18 months is the best time to start. But SM always stresses that the younger the better as their learning capability is stronger. It’s up to our individual judgement actually. At a younger age, they learn faster. But it’s also difficult to keep them still and concentrate in the class.

      For children below 1 y/o, they do photographic memory, flash cards, music play, finger training, ESP etc.

  • mico

    just want to find out, did u let Edison attend any classes beside Nursery after you stop Shichida? Thanks

    • Emily

      Hi Mico,
      Nope, but I intend to enroll him for some enrichment class next year. Maybe Chinese or Phonics class. Not sure yet.