DIY Flashcards Education

Linking Memory

Our sensei at Shichida Method has introduced the Linking Memory program at the beginning of this term. However, little Edison shows very little interest in it.

The Linking Memory is a unique memory program that is designed based on the unique photographic memory linking system using fun and whimsical stories. It is well-loved by many children.

It utilizes the right brain’s ability to record, store and recall images by linking each image with another by stories. These stories are silly and nonsensical, but they stick well in our mind.

In order to cultivate his interest in Linking Memory, I need to practice with him more often at home. I bought a home practice kit for $12. It consists of 72 picture cards and 18 short stories.

Linking Memory Home Practice Kit

How to do it?

1. For a beginner, start with 5 to 6 cards. Gradually increase the number of cards based on the child’s progress.
2. Make a story that links all the cards. Any silly story, even if it doesn’t make sense!
3. As you read out the story, flash the cards when the relevant words are pronounced.
4. After reading the story, flash the cards again in the same order and read out the words only (skip the story this round).
5. Next, ask the child to arrange the cards based on the sequence that they were presented.

Here’s an example:

Linking Memory Example

Round #1 (Read the story and emphasizes the key words):

The vegetables are cut into small pieces and sold as sweater which Grandpa wore. He then ran upstairs and found a huge departmental store.

Round # 2 (Repeat the key words only):

Vegetables, sweater, Grandpa, ran upstairs, departmental store

Last night, I attempted to practice Linking Memory with little Edison (our first time). He was not interested at all, he turned away the moment I flashed him the picture cards. Oh boy!

Nonetheless, I’m going to try my luck again tonight. 


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Where you get the kit from huh? I can’t seem to find any available ones leh … so I DIY some. =)


Hi Emily, pls help me check if they have any for Desiree’s age (4-5 years old) and how much. If have and not too expensive, I wanna buy! =)


Hi Emily … hehe may I know where dd you buy the photomemory kit? Keith is starting right brain training class and wanna buy this for him to practice at home too. 🙂


Do they have the advance set for 3 years old too? hehe yes please get one set for me so i can practice with hazel too! 🙂


hi Emily
Can you help me get one set of beginner linking memory kit (2 years old )from shicida tensai ? the kit come with the story line right ?


hi Emily
I saw BP has this offer now

could you please take a looK the linking memory set ? which set is more worth ? ( BP set or shicida set ? ) . If shicida more worth then i may get from you (will arrange to collect from you) , if not i will get from BP .

Please advise . Thanks


Hi Emily ,
Thanks for your advise .
So the set you bought (2 years old ) not come with VCD ?
Could you please help me buy the set (2 years old ) ? where do you stay or work ? i can go to your side and collect from you .
Many Thanks !


Hi Emily
I have a friend to get the set for me , you dont need to help me buy anymore . Thanks ya !


Hi Emily,

Can you help me to check price for 3 years old linking memory kit? What is inside the package? Thank you.

Hi Emily, I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now :). When I read your typical weekday schedule entry, I can’t help but salute you for investing so much time with Edison. My son is 5 months old now and I have taken half a year leave to care for him (I teach :)). I am quite worried that once I get back to work, I may not be able to spend so much time with him but you’ve truly inspired me. I guess it’s more of effort and committment. He’s on GD programme and I am probably… Read more »

Hi Emily,
May I know when should we start PM? My son is 9 mths old and would like to do something else besides GD with him. 🙂


Hi Emily, thanks for the info. At that age, was he able to respond? Or was it purely exposure? Thanks a lot!


Emily, just to share my my girl’s progress, we have been playing the Tensai CD while she points at the picture on the card (set 1A,2A,3A), she is able to arrange all cards on her own after 2 repetition. which amaxed me. last time, we use to just read to her, flash the cards then ask her to arrange, she is not intersted at all.. but with the 1,2,3A set that we tried with her, with the CD playing, she can remember so fast. maybe also now, it’s time for her to “output” what she learns ? since we have… Read more »

Hi Emily,
My son is 2.5 years and we learn for a year Linking Memory. I am quite sure that he is listening to the story and he sometimes uses the words of the story, but he do not want to put the pictures in the correct order. It puts the images together and simply ignored the problem. Should I proceed anyway, or something change?
Thank you!


Hi Emily,

Thank you for sharing about the linking memory strategy. I have been searching for materials for my 3yr old son and feels lucky to come across your website. Thank you so much for sharing!!

May I know what does “BP” of the Linking Memory – $30 for 50 pictures stand for? Do you know where I can buy it?

Could you please help me buy the Shichida (Beginner 2-3yrs old) set and Shichida Advanced level set with VCD and I will collect from you at your convenience?


Thank you, Emily for your prompt response!


May I know why did you stop Edison from going to Shichida?

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Hi Emily, Thanks for your sharing. I am from UK and we don’t have any Shichida school here. I planning to start LM with my daughter who is about 18 months old now, but I still not very sure how to start . 1. How long should I use the same set of LM cards(6 cards story)? Let say, I plan to start with 6 cards with some silly own create story. Should I retire the cards when she able to memorise all 6 keywords or able arrange them in the right order? 2. If after she get used of… Read more »



May I know where u got the Linking memory home practice kit from?

Thanks in advance.


Hi Emily,
May I know why you stopped schichida? Was it not working for your child?
Do you know if shichida lm can be bought online? Do you have the link?


HI , i purchased the linking memory kit for 3 to 4 yrs old , it has cps , can anyone let me know how to practice with it ?