Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Shichida Method?
The Shichida Method is an early childhood whole brain development programme that focuses on improving brain function and reforming parent-child bonding, which builds and cements a stronger foundation to the potential of the child. At Shichida, we believe that the purpose of education is not only to teach and acquire knowledge and skills but to create a well-balanced child with vast aptitudes, rich creativities and the capacity to use the whole-brain in any circumstances.
What do children benefit from the programme?
Just like the saying "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.", our programme does not give children academic knowledge like typical schools, but enhances the cognitive skills and innate abilities that they possess. With the curated lessons for whole brain stimulation, our children are able to boost their abilities such as long and short term memory ability, multi-language acquisition ability, sensory concentration and many more. Find our more about our programme here.
With Shichida, will my child not require other arts, music or sports lessons?
According to Professor Shichida, the focus of every parent should be on brain development, which is a very important phase in a child's life. Once the brain is stimulated well, a child's innate talent and strengths will be uncovered and parents can then select additional courses according to the child's capabilities and interests. The Shichida programme provides a stronger foundation as a complementary factor to formal instructional training. It also provides children with keen mental awareness, judgement, execution and confidence in those pursuits.
How is the Shichida Programme structured?
The Shichida Programme consists of the following components. For the elite course (6-12 years old), please refer here.
Programme is open to children aged 6 months and above.
One responsible parent is required to attend all classes with child.
Classes are organised according to age groups and experience levels.
Maximum of 6 students per class.
Classes are 75 minutes long, held once a week:
5 minutes of Welcome Routine,
55 minutes of The Shichida Method Lesson,
15 minutes of Child Activity / Communication with Parents.
Each term comprises of 12 weeks of lessons with one week break between each term.
Is my child too young for The Shichida Method?
Not at all! Infants have incredible learning abilities. Even though a baby may not be able to display his/her learning abilities or potential, the cells in the brain are connecting at incredible speed for future brain usage. Based on research and results seen from our children, the critical period for brain stimulation is during the first 3 years of a child's life, with the younger having better potential for stimulation. All young children in the programme are given the appropriate level of whole brain stimulation to bring out their innate abilities.
Can older children benefit from The Shichida Method?
Yes! It is never too late to build on the brain's potential even if a child has grown past the optimal period of 0-6 years old. We have witnessed incredible, outstanding performances from older children through the programme, in and outside classes. Although the tender ages generally have more potential to grow, older children tend to have conscious awareness and a particular maturity that benefits their curious minds and interests to absorb copious information.
Can children with special needs participate in the Shichida programme?
Yes. We believe that children with special needs possess a diverse range of intelligence that can be explored and realised in the method. Many of these children have a hidden genius ability that manifests with excellent brain stimulation as their right brains operate well. We have seen some amazing outcomes in their participation and their parents have also learned to support their children effectively.
Do parents have to be involved in the programme?
In Shichida, we believe that tight parent-child bonds are central to a child's skill development and well-being. Children require close care and attention as they gain momentum to learn coherently in the earlier phases of life. When parents regularly guide and carefully nurture, any child will progress into empathetic, independent geniuses and are more emotionally stable at teen years and into adulthood. All new parents in the programme also attend a Parent Education Course to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding into the workings of Shichida, so as to equip themselves more adequately during classes and daily home practices to materialise full outcomes of the method. We require commitment from the parents to fulfill certain obligations on the programme such as regular home revisions and reports submission over a period of time.
Do I have to purchase any Shichida products?
All Shichida products on sale are not compulsory to the course, but serve as an aid for brain stimulation home practices. New parents attending the programme would attend a Parent Education Course which includes a thorough tutorial on how to conduct home practices and making at-home materials. However, families that wish to purchase ready-made materials can do so from our product range. Every product has differing stimulation effects for different age and development levels. Parents currently in the Shichida programme are recommended to seek advice from their instructors to know which products are best suited for their children.
How is Shichida different from other similar programmes?
Shichida is recognised as the pioneer of whole brain intelligence in Singapore with the longest running record of our early years enrichment programme with our alumni students currently growing steadily into their adulthood. With our closely connected research and development institute in Japan, our programme and materials are dynamically reviewed and revised to meet the updated research of children's growth. Compared to other programmes, Shichida emphasises highly on the importance of parent-child bonding and the Education of the Heart, with parents attending the programme together with their children evem past their toddler years. This is so that the bond amongst the family does not waver through the evolution of the children's growth. Learn more about our specialities here!
Where are the Shichida centres located?
We have several centres located throughout Singapore and Malaysia. All Shichida centres in the countries are under one management, therefore providing our families with consistent management, structure and standards. Check out our full locations list here.
How much does the Shichida Programme cost?
Our programme costs are priced reasonably for all ages and abilities. For more details and explanation, kindly call us at our main line at (65) 6254 9555 during opening hours to inquire directly. Our customer service team would be delighted to assist you.
How do I enrol into the programme?
Enrolment must to be done in person at our respective centres. Kindly call us a day in advance before your visit to schedule an appointment with our customer service staff. For special cases, there may be a screening test to ascertain a child's eligibility for their development level course. Check out our full locations list here.
Can I get a class replacement in the event of absence?
Based on our terms and conditions, we do not offer class replacements for absences in classes including reasons of sickness and vacation. For special cases, parents may send us an email to our management to appeal for a replacement class.
How do I withdraw from the programme?
You may choose to withdraw at any time during enrolment by simply informing our front desk staff, giving us a call, or writing an email to us. Deposits (non-taxable) are refundable upon one month notice from the last day of the programme. In some circumstances, certain fees are applicable and cannot be refunded based on our terms and conditions.