Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Shichida Program

Are there any discounts?

The current discounts are as follows:

  • 5% Sibling Discount – If you have more than one child attending Shichida classes.
  • 5% Diligence Discount – When you are on auto re-enrolment you will automatically receive this discount if you enrol for at least 90% of the term.
  • 5% Multi-Class Discount – If you are paying for your child to attend additional classes each week ie. one in English and one in Mandarin, you are eligible for the Multi-Class discount

Can I start Shichida mid term?

Absolutely. You are able to start the program at any time of the year.

How much does it cost?

There is a one-off admin fee of $80 and each class is $60. The terms are paid for in advance and there are approximately 10 weeks per term.

I don’t live in Victoria or NSW, how can I access Shichida?

If you don’t live in Victoria or NSW, we have an online early learning program called Shichida at Home.

While it is not the same as attending physical classes, we have condensed the wide variety of skills taught in Shichida early learning centres and have combined the most popular toys and activities into an age-specific monthly subscription service. Every month you receive four new 20 minute videos, an activity book and a parcel of age-specific toys and games that are delivered to your home.

Unlike many other online early learning programs out there, Shichida at Home is not just another app or video you sit your child in front of and walk away from. Rather, it is an educational tool and coaching service for both parents and children that aims to encourage and nurture this intrinsic bond you share. The more fun you have using and talking about Shichida at Home together, the more you both stand to benefit from it. You can find out more here: Shichida At Home

Is attending Shichida once a week enough?

Yes. However, the parents that take note of what we teach in class and how the materials are presented so that they can incorporate this into their daily lives (ie. talking about quantities in the bath “This cup is full of water, this cup is only half full, now both cups are empty!”), will reap the most benefits for their child. If you are unsure of how to do this, your instructor is your best resource so don’t be afraid to ask for ideas of things you can do at home. Furthermore, if your child has trouble learning or concentrating, or if you are having difficulties with your child at home, there is a good chance our 60+ years of research and extensive experience with children will be able to shed some light and sympathy on your situation and offer you some sound advice.

Is my child too old?

The Shichida program is tailored for children aged 6 months to 9 years old.
However, the last entry point to the program is at 4½ years old. After this point, it is difficult for beginners to catch up. Our students’ self esteem is important to us therefore we don’t accept new students over the age of 4½.

0-3 years old is known as the Sensitive Period as during this time, 70% of the human brain is formed. It is the largest, most rapid and most significant brain growth period human beings experience and this is also the stage where worldviews and attitudes towards life are formed. The Shichida Method is designed to work in synchronicity with the Sensitive Period to not only engage and inspire the new neural networks that are forming, but to also instil important messages about life, resilience, love and learning in the children. Children are at their most absorbent at these ages, that’s why it is critical to start the program as soon as possible.

If your child is over 4½ years old, unfortunately they are too old to begin the Shichida program. However, you can find right-brain learning resources online and even though it may take your child a little longer to grasp them it is still possible. Additionally, you can encourage your child’s curiosity and imagination and be sure to listen to and validate your child’s emotions. Makoto Shichida emphasised that the most important learning tool you can give your child is your unconditional love and acceptance.

Is my child too young?

The Shichida program begins at 6 months old. 0-3 years old is known as the Sensitive Period as during this time, 70% of the human brain is formed. It is the largest, most rapid and most significant brain growth period human beings experience and this is also the stage where worldviews and attitudes towards life are formed. The Shichida Method is designed to work in synchronicity with the Sensitive Period to not only engage and inspire the new neural networks that are forming, but to also instil important messages about life, resilience, love and learning in the children. Children’s brains are at their most absorbent at these ages, that’s why it is crucial to start as soon as possible.

If your child is under 6 months old, their eyes are not yet developed enough to be able to observe what we show them in class.

However, Makoto Shichida believed that no child is ever too young to learn as even in utero they are able to absorb information about their surroundings and hear noises from outside the uterus. For children under 6 months, including in utero, Makoto Shichida recommends developing and strengthening the bond you have with your child by talking to them lovingly, playing music and singing to them, relaxing together, as well as giving them loving touches like hugs, massages, tickles and kisses.

Is this going to put too much pressure on my child?

No. At Shichida, we don’t teach or expect children to run before they can walk. The curriculum is designed to teach skills in age-appropriate increments and takes into consideration children’s attention spans and brain capabilities. While Shichida classes can look intense to adults with fast-paced activities and flashcards, it is important to remember that children have a different learning style to us and are not expected to know, remember or understand everything they see in Shichida classes. From 0-3 years old the program is all about input or exposure to lots of different topics and skills. From 4-9 years old, the program gradually encourages output from the children and works with the next phase of their brain development to consolidate and explore more deeply the skills they were exposed to earlier on.

One 50 minute class once a week will not put pressure on your child to learn. As our goal is to instil a love of learning in children, we know that in order to achieve this the children need to feel relaxed, accepted and confident in their learning environment as opposed to pressured, stressed and afraid. Furthermore, every Shichida class begins with mindfulness breathing and meditation and any homework that is handed out is optional.

My child is more advanced, can he/she move up a level?

We highly recommend against children moving up a level as the program is deliberately age-specific and not intended to teach children to run before they can walk. Our students’ self esteem is very important to us and moving up a level, while it may be more challenging for the child, won’t necessarily help to build their confidence.

While you may recognise that your child can complete most of the activities easily in class, Shichida is a whole-brain method that teaches much more than academic activities. Your child might be highly skilled at reading and writing but they struggle to focus their imagination during image training, or perhaps your child knows their numbers up to 100 but they talk over and interrupt other students in class or can’t sit still. There are many things to learn at their appropriate age level and the class materials increase in difficulty each month.

My friend’s child is the same age as my child, why can’t we be in the same class?

Shichida is very age-specific and the reason being that it is based on research on childhood brain development. In any class, the children are aged within 3 months of each other. Even if your child and your friend’s child are the same age, they may be born more than 3 months of each other and therefore be placed at different levels. Children who were born prematurely may also be placed at a different age level to another child of the same age.

If a child is joining Shichida towards the cut-off age of 4½ years old , they may be placed in a level or two lower than their actual age. This is because from 4 years old the program builds upon a foundation that has been established from 6 months old and it can be difficult for new students to catch up. We want to give our new students the best chance to become familiar and confident with Shichida.

What age range is this program for?

The Shichida program is tailored for children aged 6 months to 9 years old.
However, the last entry point to the program is at 4½ years old. After this point, it is difficult for beginners to catch up. Our students’ self esteem is important to us therefore we don’t accept new students over the age of 4½.

What are the term dates?

The term dates follow the Victorian and NSW school term dates.

http://victoriaschoolholidays.com.au/
http://www.nswschoolholiday.com.au/

What if my child becomes too smart?

“After succeeding to activate the right brain abilities, children can learn things quite easily at any school”

– Professor Makoto Shichida

Some parents worry that having a Shichida education will have a negative impact on their child once they reach school as they fear that their child won’t be challenged by the regular curriculum or they fear that they will have to send their child to a private school in order to keep them engaged in learning.

We have found that Shichida children do extremely well in any school whether it is public or private. They are also challenged, like every child, by the new learning environment of school with all of its rules and new social experiences.

We don’t teach children everything at Shichida, we teach them how to learn and give them the tools and skills to make learning and living life easier and less stressful. When they get to school they can dive deeper into what they have touched on at Shichida and they are often curious to know more about what they have seen before.

At school, Shichida children make lots of friends, are confident learners and they are self-motivated to learn. This means that they don’t have to rely on teachers to engage them in learning, they often find creative ways of thinking about and looking at the same problems. They finish their homework quickly with ease and without stress so that they can focus more on their extracurricular activities and hobbies.

For parents, it is a lot easier and cheaper in the long-run for their child to be ahead of the pack than behind it. Catching up is a difficult and delicate process, especially in a school environment when the resources are not necessarily there and the child’s self-esteem and relationship with learning is at stake.

Will I have the same instructor throughout the program?

No. While your child may have the same instructor for a whole term or for multiple terms, they will not have the same instructor throughout the entire program. We believe that for your child to become well-rounded, it is important for them to be exposed to multiple teaching styles and people of many different walks of life. Our staff all love children and your child may surprise you with their ability to connect with multiple instructors.

When will I see the benefits of Shichida?

Every child is different and learns at a different pace. Seeing the benefits of the program also depends on the age at which your child starts attending Shichida classes.

If your child starts the program at 6 months old for example, it will be difficult to see any huge benefits until the ages of 2, 3, and 4. By 5 years old there is a stark difference between a child that started at 6 months old and a child that started at 4 years old in terms of their level of concentration, attitude and love of learning.

Generally, most parents will notice a difference in their child’s ability to concentrate after attending Shichida for a term. You may also notice that your child’s memory improves within a month or two. Again, this varies depending on the child. Children that have a harder time focusing may take longer to learn to concentrate, sometimes upwards of a year. This is okay and perfectly normal too. In the meantime, have patience, focus on the things they are able to do and trust the process.

The benefits of having a Shichida education will have a rippling effect throughout your child’s life. As they get older and their brains mature, you will see more of the benefits such as kindness, passion for learning, self-motivated learning, resilience, picking up new skills rapidly and with ease, less stress at school, confidence, superior intuition, creativity, high intelligence and more.

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Shin-hui Tang
Shin-hui Tang
2018-07-29T08:16:34+0000
So glad that there are Shichida centres in Australia. My daughters have been going to the classes for over a year now and thoroughly enjoy the learnings in a fun and relaxing (stressless) way. My younger daughter is starting to count to ten as she started to speak, I was really amazed. The classes have given me and my daughters quality time spent together.
Mays Brennan
Mays Brennan
2018-07-23T00:14:53+0000
My son has been attending Shichida since he was 16 months old (now 2 and a half) and it has helped him excel in more ways than one. Being at Shichida has helped improve his speech development, able to recognise and read numbers/letters, increased his attention span, memory, social skills and love for learning. Shichida provides a great environment to allow children to flourish in a fun and stimulating environment; their teachers are all amazing and support the children to reach their highest potential. Shichida has not only been a “school” that my son attends weekly, but is a community that is changing the approach to early development/learning.
Carol Feng
Carol Feng
2018-07-18T23:55:04+0000
Both my 4 year old and 14 months old go to the class since the last term. I can see their increasing interests on participation at each class, most importantly they really enjoy the content. I really appreciate the one on one one spent with the little ones & tell you what, sometimes I learn a few things too!
Nikki Ktzd
Nikki Ktzd
2018-07-09T02:43:02+0000
Julia Wennie Hu
Julia Wennie Hu
2018-07-03T05:55:42+0000
Chrisitian really blossomed after going to shichida for 1.5 years. He has not only learnt a lot but also fostered a love for learning. We are really happy with his progress in class
Nora Xu
Nora Xu
2018-07-01T11:51:53+0000
Shichida is such a great program for little brains. It is so stimulating and so much fun. I love the way they challenge the brain without stressing out my kids. Kids learn from playing. We have been to Shichida for two years so far and will be still going in the future. My daughter who is now 3 starting to contribute more in class. When she sees the fallen leaves on the street, she will sing the song that Shichida taught her. She enjoys in the class, and 50 minutes seem long but not so long. What a fantastic program for young little brains!
Josephine Teng
Josephine Teng
2018-06-30T07:55:07+0000
Both my son and daughter started with Shichida since 1 year old. They really enjoy Shichida teaching method and get along with their teacher, especially my son who still remember all his previous teacher that taught him before. If time allow I will definitely let them complete the entire course.

Meet our Shichida students

Little Big Shots

Raphy was invited to appear on Little Big Shots [Australia]. Look at his amazing capability, developed in his Shichida lessons.

The Project

The Project featured a story on Shichida Australia and two of our students at opposite ends of the Shichida learning journey.

The Today Show

We invited Today Show host Sylvia Jeffreys and son Charlie to our Shichida centre in Chatswood to enjoy their first ever Shichida class! 

Julia shows off her memory

Astounding her parents and teachers, Julia has made headlines around the world with her ability to remember 500 items from our ‘Box Memory’ activity.

Faraway by Jacqueline

Jacqueline has amazing writing talent! In this video she reads a wonderful poem that inspires us to appreciate nature & keep our environment healthy.

Joel demonstrates robots

Joel shares his passion for robots, as he represented Australia at the First Lego League World Festival Robotics Championship in the USA in 2017.

Visit your nearest centre

Chadstone, VIC

Level 3, Central Tower
Chadstone Shopping Centre
1341 Dandenong Road
Chadstone VIC 3148

Call Chadstone Centre:
(03) 8673 5150

Doncaster, VIC

Level 4, Suite 4002
Westfield Shopping Centre (Office Tower)
619 Doncaster Road
Doncaster VIC 3108

Call Doncaster Centre:
(03) 9034 4990

Highpoint, VIC

Level 4
Highpoint Shopping Centre
120-200 Rosamond Road
Maribynong VIC 3032

Call Highpoint Centre:
(03) 9888 6886

Chatswood, NSW

1/29 Albert Avenue
Chatswood NSW 2067

Call Chatswood Centre:
(02) 8973 9700

Parramatta, NSW

Ground Floor, Office 1/7 Hassall Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

Call Parramatta Centre:
(02) 9099 1810

Parents share their Shichida 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 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)

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