What is the Shichida Method?
“I never knew how much a child actually absorbs and learns naturally until I came to Shichida!”
Shichida Australia Early Learning Centres are certified to practise one of the world’s most effective early childhood teaching methods known as the Shichida Method. The Shichida Method has inspired the hearts and minds of children and their families since 1976.
The Shichida Method has become recognised internationally in:
Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, USA, United Kingdom, Cambodia, Romania, Canada, Laos, Myanmar and South Korea.
What sets Shichida apart?
Shichida is a world-renowned teaching method backed by more than 60 years of evolving research into early childhood brain development. The curriculum is age-specific, tailored to children’s attention spans and brain capabilities. At Shichida Australia, we fill in the gaps left by traditional education systems to equip our students with well-rounded skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. The Shichida Method is unique in that it also teaches skills most often associated with the right brain such as empathy, creativity, intuition, imaging and photographic memory. With all the research behind us, we invite parents into the classroom to learn how to become their child’s first and best teacher.
Trusted around the world
The Shichida Method of Education is the original whole brain training program founded by Makoto Shichida in 1958. With its continuous research and proven results, it is rapidly gaining popularity around the world. There are currently 300 centres worldwide.
What is the Shichida method of education?
A well-researched and well-balanced early learning program that stimulates the development of the entire brain, not just the ‘left brain’ as is common in the current education system.
A strong emphasis on developing empathy, resilience, intuition, critical thinking, concentration, creativity and imagination to raise well-rounded children.
Equips children with advanced and proven memory techniques, teaching them to receive and recall images instantly.
Fun and age-specific early childhood activities that lay a strong foundation for fine motor skills, literacy skills and numeracy skills and instil a love of learning.
An understanding of the importance of the parental role in a child’s life and providing the necessary support and coaching for parents to become their child’s first and best teacher.
Engages the minds of children by engaging their hearts to draw out their unique potential.
Fast-paced sessions of 50 minutes, once a week
Maximum of 6 children per class
One parent to attend class with child
Once a Week
1 Parent/Guardian Per Child
Max 6 Students Per Class
Learn Through Play
Examples of Shichida early learning activities
Children are naturally intuitive. We help them get to know and trust their instincts so that they may grow to listen to and trust themselves throughout their lives.
Children learn to calm their minds and focus their imaginations to visualise themselves in a variety of situations and imagine walking in different shoes. They use these techniques to improve empathy, visualise their goals clearly and inspire creative thought and writing.
Children at our early learning centres have impressed many people with their incredible memories. We ingrain proven mnemonic devices and photographic memory skills so that our students will find any future learning and study easy and stress-free.
At Shichida, flashcards are designed to engage the subconscious and expose the children to a large variety of topics, vocabulary and mathematics. When the children start talking, they often express a keen curiosity for and awareness of what they have seen at Shichida.
Our early childhood critical thinking activities help to build up one of the most valuable of life skills. Shichida critical thinking activities include mazes, puzzles, hands on activities, tangrams and open-ended questions to help your child think creatively and independently.
Shichida children gain confidence in literacy by practising phonics, exploring alphabet letters in many ways, reading and making up stories and using their fantastic memories to build an extensive vocabulary. We empower children with the tools to express themselves in both written and verbal form.
At Shichida, our children learn to love maths and numbers! We have creative ways of introducing numeracy to the children that explore numbers from different angles and in hands-on ways to instil a passionate understanding of maths and numeracy. Children don’t fear maths as a subject when they attend Shichida classes.
By regularly listening, singing and playing instruments, your child learns to appreciate music, gain a sense of rhythm and express themselves. Many of our children have developed perfect pitch through our music activities.
Children are naturally curious
What better way to make the most of your child’s natural learning ability?
Shichida Australia establishes a strong foundation for learning and for life during the Sensitive Period when children are learning at their fastest and easiest. We take into account the Law of Diminishing Ability and further solidify that foundation with a use it or lose it approach.
The skills and experiences acquired through our fun and educational activities will have a profound rippling effect throughout your child’s life!
Shichida Australia offers age-specific, whole brain programs for babies, toddlers, pre-primary and primary aged children at our Melbourne and Sydney centres. The primary school curriculum is offered after school for children between Grade 1 and Grade 3. However, this is only for children who have attended the Shichida preschool program. The program is offered in 3 languages: English, Japanese and Mandarin.
Please Note: The Shichida Method of Education curriculum spans across 6 months to 9 years of age. However, the last entry point into the Shichida program is at 4½ years old. The reason for this is that the curriculum for 4½ years old and beyond builds upon a foundation that has been built from 6 months old to 4½ years old and it is too difficult for beginners to catch up. Our students’ self-esteem is important to us. This is why it is imperative to start the program as early as possible.
Find out more about the Shichida program
Once a week
One parent or guardian per child
Max 6 students per class
Learn through play
What makes Shichida different from the rest?
Shichida is a world-renowned teaching method backed by more than 60 years of evolving research into early childhood brain development.
The curriculum is age-specific, tailored to children’s attention spans and brain capabilities. At Shichida Australia, we fill in the gaps left by traditional education systems to equip our students with well-rounded skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.
The Shichida Method is unique in that it also teaches skills most often associated with the right brain such as empathy, creativity, intuition, imaging and photographic memory. With all the research behind us, we invite parents into the classroom to learn how to become their child’s first and best teacher.
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Parents share their Shichida early learning centre experience…
“My son joined Shichida when he was 5 years old. My husband and I are both very happy with his progress. Now my son is a happy, positive and confident child who loves and enjoys learning. After attending Shichida early learning classes, we realised that the program not only benefits the child, but also teaches parents how to raise a child happily and successfully.”
– Miranda & Daniel (son, Shichida Graduate 2016)
“Thank you for the wonderful experiences that you have given Luke over the last 7 years at Shichida. The skills he has learnt through Shichida will last through his entire life. You have really helped and encouraged Luke to achieve such great things… Shichida has been such a huge part of our lives, we will really miss it.”
– Mark, Emily & Luke (son)
“I’ve noticed my daughter does remember things quite well, she can listen to songs only a few times and she remembers the tunes and the lyrics. She is one of the few kids in her class who can read at her age. Callum can count to 10. He sings the alphabet and he knows his colours and his shapes. He will sing along, it’s just play for him. There’s not that many programs out there for young kids, and you know why not? It doesn’t hurt them and they enjoy it. It does help them to develop to the best of their potential and their ability. They do an amazing amount of stuff in that one hour that I could not do at home with them.”
– Jane, Caitlyn (daughter) & Callum (son)
“Chloe has been attending Shichida Australia since she was 18 months old. I first heard about it on TV and thought it looked like an interesting program – mainly because it worked on skills like visualisation techniques, fine motor skills, confidence building and fun aspects of learning that didn’t seem to be offered in any other activities.This has really stimulated her learning, improved her concentration and helped her prepare for the transition to school. Shichida also gave us the tools to be able to incorporate opportunities for learning into everyday life – this has been incredibly helpful. The first time we realised that Chloe knew her numbers and letters was when my husband was out washing the car. He could hear her mumbling away and went to check up on her. She was just two at the time, and was reading our car’s licence plate!”
– Emily & Chloe (daughter)