Shichida Classes, 9 Months On

Looking at my blog statistics, I realised that a lot of parents come here to find out about Shichida lessons. I haven’t posted in a while about Shichida class, and thought that it it might be nice to do so.

Samantha entered Shichida class when she a little over 6 months. Now at 16 months, she has completed 9 months of weekly Shichida lessons.

The first 6 months went along pretty well, with lots of repetition of activities (please see my previous post for the lesson structure).

The third term of lessons had three new changes to the lesson plan.

  • Firstly, there was new homework! Every month the teachers will hand out a stack of about 15 worksheets for the toddlers to do. They are pretty simple worksheets that require the children to draw lines connecting one item to another, or draw dots on the paper. I don’t think I will be allowed to post the worksheets here, but I will blog again next week with some similar worksheets drawn by myself.
  • The linking memory exercise now has one more card to remember (Total of 6 item cards now).
  • There is also a block-arranging exercise during every lesson. The toddlers are given a set of 4 blocks and tasked to arrange them in a specific pattern, like the Nikitin block game.  You can read more about it here on this blog entry.
The rest of the Shichida lessons for term 3 remain unchanged (eg. the speed reading, photo memory, etc).
So now I am left to answer the biggest question – was there any discernible benefit from enrolling in Shichida class?The answer is quite simple – I don’t know. There are simply too many confounding factors involved that I cannot attribute Samantha’s current standard to purely the result of a weekly Shichida class. I am sometimes tempted, however, to blame the rapid flashcard sessions and the 1 minute long activities for Samantha’s impatient and easily-bored character, but I know that that’s also an unfair assumption.

Ultimately, we parents all want the best for our children, and will try whatever is out there, even if there is no scientific basis behind the educational method right? Welcome to the era of Parentocracy!
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