Samantha’s First Shichida Lesson

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!

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10 thoughts on “Samantha’s First Shichida Lesson

  1. About the Song with lyrics represented as pictures on flash cards, how was it looking like? Each word per card? Or one picture with a few words? It flashes together with the audio or sing along? How is the speed of the audio (normal speed, half speed or speed x 1)? Sounded interesting to me…

    • Here’s an example, using the itsy bitsy spider song. The following words of the song are represented as pictures – ‘spider’, ‘water spout’, ‘rain’, ‘sun’ (some of the words appear more than once, so you need more than 1 of the same picture card).

      The song is sung at normal speed and as the words are sung the pictures are shown.

      • This is the lyrics of the Itsy Bitsy Spider Song, so we only showing the picture of “spider, water, rain and sun”. How about the other words like “the, climb, up, spout, down, came and others”? Do we show as well? or only pick the word that we hope our LO can be learn? Sorry keep on asking too much of question :p
        The itsy-bitsy spider
        Climbed up the water spout
        Down came the rain
        And washed the spider out
        Out came the sun
        And dried up all the rain
        And the itsy-bitsy spider
        Climbed up the spout again

  2. Thank you for your sharing. Could you pls let me know how old your baby was at this time? There are a lot of activities for babies from 6-9 months old as you listed above. My daughter is 6,5 months old now. I just wonder whether or not babies at these age can take part in and understand some of activites such as breath training, memory game ????

    • Hi Bebot,

      My baby was about 7 months. I agree that most of the activities are too advanced and cannot be done by the babies at that time..in class usually the parent is the one doing the activity for the child. It still is largely the case now (we’re now in the 1.5 year class)..

      In my opinion it’s not really about getting the task/activity done (result oriented). It’s probably more important to let the children be exposed to try or explore things that they usually don’t encounter at home (process oriented).

      • Thank you for your reply. I’m searching some Shichida activities so that I can start with my baby at home . Because there are not any shichida schools here in Hanoi, Vietnam. It’s just when we play with our kids, If they can understand or have any signs to show that they react what we did, we- parents will be encouraged and more enthusiastic teaching them. Anw, Your outline list is very helpful. I will try some activites and hope that I am patient enough to play with my kid 🙂 Thanks again. Pls update your kids’ learning process. I followed your blog. Your posts are very useful

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