Despite all that I’ve written about my doubts on the Shichida Method, I still decided to keep an open mind and go for the lessons with Samantha.
We were in a class of 6 children, all aged between 6 months to 9 months old. Tables were arranged in a semi-circular fashion around a central teacher’s area and there were 2 small chairs for each pair of parent and child.
The lesson paces was quite fast, and we had about 30 activities for a short span of 1 hour. Here’s a rough outline of what we did (as far as I can remember)-
1. Welcome song
2. Reading of the Day, Date and What kind of weather today
3. Energy ball, hug and positive statement for the day
4. Breath training – for young children, they are asked to have a short and long blow of breath
5. Senses play (Clairvoyance, telepathy)
6. Image play (Pretend play of doing some daily activity)
7. Memory play (looking at an image for a few seconds then choosing the correct image out of two)
8. Flashcards (Most are physical flashcards but there were a few on the computer screen)
9. Eye training (looking at an attractive toy move to and fro)
10. Song with lyrics represented as pictures on flashcards
11. Some games with shapes – matching shapes
12. Some games with numbers – counting items
13. Some games with animals – naming them
14. Some games with body parts – naming them
15. Some games with fruits/vegetables – naming them
16. Counting with abacus
17. ABC song
18. Finger training – some games with train fine dexterity
19. Goodbye song
Because there were so many activities, each one lasted for a minute or so. Most of the children were unable to do the activities so the parents had to guide them (I really don’t think any 6 month old babies know how to pretend play blending fruits for a fruit juice drink).
The instructor was a young lady with a very cheerful and patient attitude. The babies got bored and there was some crying and shouting during the session, but the instructor remained calm..I think that is very commendable! Her english was not perfect, but good enough for Singapore standard (I’m not expecting lorna whiston here).
Samantha behaved quite well during the lesson. Apart from mouthing every single toy, she cried a bit but we didn’t have to take her out of class.
Overall, it was quite an eyeopener! I was particulaly impressed by the speed at which the flashcards were flashed (almost 2 per second). I had seen these online on youtube before, but to see it live is still impressive..
Looking forward to the next lesson!