Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 (following the VIC/NSW school terms).

Are there any discounts?
The current discounts are as follows:

  • 5% Sibling Discount – If you have more than one child attending Shichida classes (must enroll for minimum of 7 classes per child)
  • 5% Referral Discount- If you refer a friend and they enroll for full term, discount will be applied to your following term fees
  • 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 discounts (must enroll for minimum of 7 classes per child, per course)

Please note that maximum discount is 10% per child

What are the 2022 term dates?

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

2022 Victorian Term Dates

Term   Duration of Term  Public Holidays  Number of Classes 
Term 1  Monday 31st January – Saturday 9th April 14th Mar Mon Labour day Mon – 9 weeks
      Tue-Sat – 10 weeks
Term 2  Tuesday 26th April – Saturday 25th June 25th Apr Mon Anzac Day Mon – 7 weeks
    13th June Mon Queens Bday Tue-Sat – 9 weeks
Term 3  Monday 11th July – Saturday 17th September   Mon-Sat – 10 weeks
Term 4  Monday 3rd October – Tuesday 20th December 30th Oct Mon Cup day Extra Mon – Sat – 11 weeks
    1st  Nov Tue Cup Day  

2022 NSW Term Dates

Term   Duration of Term  Public Holidays  Number of Classes 
Term 1  Monday 31st January – Saturday 9th April Mon – Sat 10 weeks
Term 2  Tuesday 26th April – Saturday 25th June 25th Apr Mon Anzac Day Mon – 8 weeks
13th June Mon Queens Bday
Term 3  Monday 19th July to
Saturday 25th September
 
Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd August Mon: 9 classes
Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 10 classes
  Tue-Sat – 10 weeks
Term 4  Monday 3rd October – Tuesday 20th December Labour Day: Monday 4th October Mon – Sat – 11 weeks
    Wed-Sat 10 weeks
What are the 2022 term dates?

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

2022 Victorian term dates

Term 1

Duration of Term
Monday 31st January – Saturday 9th April

Public Holidays
14th Mar Mon Labour day

Number of Classes
Mon – 9 weeks

Tue-Sat – 10 weeks

Term 2

Duration of Term
Tuesday 26th April – Saturday 25th June

Public Holidays
25th Apr Mon Anzac Day

13th June Mon Queens Bday

Number of Classes
Mon – 7 weeks

Tue-Sat – 9 weeks

Term 3

Duration of Term
Monday 11th July – Saturday 17th September

Public Holidays

Number of Classes
Mon-Sat – 10 weeks

Term 4

Duration of Term
Monday 3rd October – Tuesday 20th December

Public Holidays
30th Oct Mon Cup day Extra

1st  Nov Tue Cup Day

Number of weeks
Mon – Sat – 11 weeks

 

2022 New South Wales Term Dates

Term 1

Duration of Term
Monday 31st January – Saturday 9th April

Public Holidays

Number of Classes
Mon – Sat 10 weeks

Term 2

Duration of Term
Tuesday 26th April – Saturday 2nd Jul

Public Holidays
25th Apr Mon Anzac Day

13th June Mon Queens Bday

Number of Classes
Mon – 8 weeks

Tue-Sat – 10 weeks

Term 3

Duration of Term
Monday 18th July – Saturday 24th September

Public Holidays
1st Aug Mon Bank Holiday

Number of Classes
Mon 9 weeks

Tues -Sat 10 weeks

Term 4

Duration of Term
Monday 10th October – Tuesday 20th December

Public Holidays

Number of weeks
Mon-Tues 11 weeks

Wed-Sat 10 weeks

 
Can I start Shichida mid-term?

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

I don’t live in Melbourne or Sydney, how can I access Shichida?
If you don’t live near any physical Shichida centres, we now have two options to still enjoy the program:

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

You can also now attend via a livestreamed class. These classes are exactly the same as the physical class in the centre occuring at the same time and day each week with the same teacher. You will have a membership site where you can download worksheets and materials to prepare before class. Your teacher will email the class link through each week. Enrolling in these classes is done the same way as the regular Shichida program and has the same fee structure.

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 (e.g. 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?
Shichida is an age-specific program. In order for us to place your child in the correct class, we require your child’s date of birth.

Please note that although the program is for children aged 6 months to 9 years old, the last point of entry to the program is at 4 ½ years old.

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.

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.

Where is my closest Shichida centre?
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 personalities 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.

Find out more about the Shichida program

Early Learning Centre Calendar

Once a week

Shichida Early learning Centre

50 minutes

Shichida Early Learning Centre Parent and Child icon

One parent or guardian per child

students

Max 6 students per class

learn through play

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.

Visit your nearest early learning centre

Chadstone, VIC

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

Call Chadstone Centre:
(03) 8673 5150

Chatswood, NSW

1/29 Albert Avenue
Chatswood NSW 2067

Call Chatswood Centre:
(02) 8973 9700

Doncaster, VIC

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

Call Doncaster Centre:
(03) 9034 4990

Parramatta, NSW

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

Call Parramatta Centre:
(02) 9099 1810

Highpoint, VIC

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

Call Highpoint Centre:
(03) 9888 6886

Glen Waverley, VIC

Unit MM09, The Glen,
235 Springvale Road
Glen Waverley, VIC 3150

Call Glen Centre:
(03) 9407 1698

Parents share their Shichida early learning centre experience.

 

“The Shichida method is amazing for the developing child's brain. In the initial years, they 'learn how to learn', and as the years go by we could see how these amazing fast processing and memory skills helped our children thrive in their learning journey. They prove to themselves that they can learn anything, and keep applying these skills to just about anything they encounter in life. Our 3 children having started as babies, have always loved their Shichida classes as it is done in a way that is always fun. We live as a multi- generational family where Grammy spent the most time with them as babies and toddlers. The best thing we did was to include her in attending classes with our eldest son, so we could get ideas of how to make every day filled with learning opportunities. Both parents and grandparents understood the methods, were supportive of the things they were taught weekly and follow through the learning at home. We have recommended the Shichida method to family members and they are also observing similar things in their little ones too.”

– Brenda, Solomon (9 years old), Rafael (7 years old) & Johanna (1.5 years old)

“Illy was born with Down Syndrome. Like any parent, we wanted to give her the best chance in life and started exploring therapies for her. When Illy was 6 months, we enrolled her into the program and she was there for the next 4 years.
The program has had a significant impact on Illy, especially in the areas of memory boosting and the ability to focus on activities for long periods of time. She never experienced any problems transitioning from childcare to Kinder and then to school. She also scored close to normal IQ levels in her assessment. Her therapists are always in awe of what she is capable of doing.
Illy is now in Grade 1 and progressing well with her reading and socialising. I highly recommend Shichida to parents of special needs children. They will benefit from the nurturing environment and fun and stimulating activities. Start them early to fully benefit from the program. We are forever grateful to Shichida for all they have done for Illy and our family.”

– Angeline & Illy (5 years old)

"This program isn’t like your standard music class or kinder gymnastics. It’s a whole-brain training program that uses puzzles, games, flashcards and songs to develop young children’s memory and problem-solving skills to give them the best start in life. The main thing for us is that my kids think it’s really fun. They love learning and what I love about the program is that they don’t see it as a chore. They get a real sense of achievement from all of this. Some people ask me if I’m trying to raise geniuses – I’m not. I just want to give my kids the best chance to succeed in life. I wasn’t exposed to these sorts of activities when I was young. I was always a really keen learner, but never knew anything like this. I wondered if I had been exposed to these activities, would I be doing something different now?"

– Michelle, Alric (8 years old), Jensen (5 years old) and Elise (3 years old)

“Matilda has always been hungry for information, she's a little firecracker, and Shichida just seems the perfect fit for us. She loves the mazes, and puzzles, and I've found that even without us trying to incorporate the learnings at home, she is bringing them home with her on her own. For example we have a giant tub of bug toys, and sometimes I'll see her playing with them and she has them grouped into their colours. Then the next time it will be by their size, or their type … the grouping and ordering of things just seems to come naturally to her now. I just feel like it's a really great start for kids, I want to fill her brain while it's in this sponge-stage, I don't want to miss this window.”

– Suzanne & Matilda (3 years old)

“Matilda has always been hungry for information, she's a little firecracker, and Shichida just seems the perfect fit for us. She loves the mazes, and puzzles, and I've found that even without us trying to incorporate the learnings at home, she is bringing them home with her on her own. For example we have a giant tub of bug toys, and sometimes I'll see her playing with them and she has them grouped into their colours. Then the next time it will be by their size, or their type … the grouping and ordering of things just seems to come naturally to her now. I just feel like it's a really great start for kids, I want to fill her brain while it's in this sponge-stage, I don't want to miss this window.”

– Suzanne & Matilda (3 years old)

Testimonials from past students of Shichida Australia.

"First of all, let me just say a big thank you to all the people who came here to the graduation ceremony today, especially Shiaoling and Vincent, who had the courage and commitment to start Shichida Australia because they wanted to help kids grow and become good people with kind hearts. My Shichida journey began with Sonia as my teacher. She holds a special place in my heart, and I want to thank her for teaching me a lot of things that helps me get by in life. I am grateful to her for that. The final two years of my Shichida journey ends with Simon. He has been a funny teacher and always makes me laugh. I thank him for having patience and giving me happy Shichida memories. I like his science experiments and funny stories. My favourite Shichida activity is doing Peg words, which helped me to develop my memory. Peg words are fun and enjoyable, and you can learn at the same time! I think they are linked to flashcards and Pi digits, which I also have loved learning along the way. These make up my favourite Shichida memories with my awesome teachers. So, thank you to everybody who made all of this 9-year Shichida journey possible for me. I hope I can honour you and Makoto Shichida’s memory by continuing to grow with a kind heart. I will miss you all very much, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

– Rémi, 10 years old, Year 5

"Shichida has given me a strong foundation for school, and I find that it's benefited me in more ways than I can count. It helped me learn to notice patterns and connections, so now I find that I can pick up new concepts quicker than most of my peers. Another thing Shichida has helped me with is to discover my love for writing. It's been very useful for essays in school, but moreover writing helps me express myself. Shichida's peg words have helped me with my memory, something that will definitely come in handy as I work through my VCE subjects in the coming years. Most of all, the attitudes of the Shichida teachers and the enthusiasm with which they approached their classes nurtured my love of learning, and I can't thank them enough for how much it has helped me throughout my life.”

– Jacqueline, 13 years old, Year 9 student, Haileybury

"I attended Shichida in 2009, and I now find myself reaching VCE. My two siblings had also attended Shichida after me, and we can all testify that Shichida had helped us to reach the point that we are at now. Shichida brings a new style of thinking and encourages a love of learning. It provided me with a solid foundation for primary school and allowed me to easily grasp new concepts and ideas. Even 12 years later, I still remember going to Shichida being the highlight of my week. I had recently returned to do work experience with Shichida, and although some things may have changed over the years, and I can say that the passion and drive in the teachers, as well as the fun songs and activities, have retained the same energy that just makes every child want to learn."

– Natalie, 16 years old, Year 10 student at MacRobertson Girls’ High School

"I’ve managed to memorise the first 60 accurately. It helps with memorising numbers that can save you a lot of time, such as page numbers in a book or a new passcode you set. It also helps with mental maths when multiplying three-digit numbers."

– J, 15 years old, a student at Kilvington Grammar

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