What is mental mathematics?
Mental mathematics is the ability to make calculations solely in the mind without the use of a calculator, abacus or any other aid – not even a pencil and paper!
Can mental mathematics be taught? Of course! At Shichida, we spend the first three years providing a strong foundation for our students’ ability to do mental mathematics, then as they get older and start attending school, we teach them how to apply their mental mathematics ability.
At every level of Shichida, there is always a numeracy component. This is also included for the babies first joining the program at 6 months old!
The purpose of the numeracy component is to develop basic mathematical sense, calculation skills and reasoning abilities and is complemented by other whole-brain abilities taught at Shichida such as imaging, intuition, critical thinking, creativity and eidetic imaging abilities.
From 6 months to 3 years old we focus primarily on input for the children, meaning that we don’t expect them to know or understand how to get to the answers by themselves yet, the children simply observe and participate in playing the games with their parents.
By demonstrating to the children what numbers are visually, aurally and kinesthetically, they gain a deeper understanding of maths and numerals regardless of their dominant learning style.
From 4 to 9 years old, we gradually encourage output from the children and teach them how to apply their mental mathematics ability and further strengthen and deepen their understanding of maths.
Numeracy at Shichida
Our numeracy activities range from flashcards, songs, abacus, hands-on play with toys and materials to writing numbers, learning about money, time, measurements, flash computation and exploring quantities.
The benefits we have seen from children’s participation in the Shichida program include:
Appreciation of numbers as quantities
Seeing the relevance of numbers in real life
Enjoying the process of learning maths
Grasping the concept of numbers
Ability to do mental mathematics
Having confidence in their own abilities
Being 6-12 months ahead of their school’s maths curriculum
Not fearing maths as a subject
The Shichida program is a whole brain training method. The curriculum exercises and bridges both the left and right hemisphere in its function and abilities. A study conducted in 2012 by researchers at University of Texas, Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity, Duke University, and the University of Michigan has found that the strength of communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain predicts performance on basic arithmetic problems.
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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 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
Level 3, Central Tower
Chadstone Shopping Centre
1341 Dandenong Road
Chadstone VIC 3148
Call Chadstone Centre:
(03) 8673 5150
Level 4, Suite 4002
Westfield Shopping Centre (Office Tower)
619 Doncaster Road
Doncaster VIC 3108
Call Doncaster Centre:
(03) 9034 4990
Highpoint Shopping Centre
120-200 Rosamond Road
Maribynong VIC 3032
Call Highpoint Centre:
(03) 9888 6886
1/29 Albert Avenue
Chatswood NSW 2067
Call Chatswood Centre:
(02) 8973 9700
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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