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Postby bishanman » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:14 am

Was with Shisida for 9 months when my kid is only 3 years old. Results not too good. In fact, their course seem to be targeting at training the parents how to teach their kids. during the lesson, every activities last less than 8-10 minutes. The pace it going seem breathless. I wonder how do they know the kids can understand. Sometimes, being adult, i have problem coping with the pace. Couple of kids in the class seem to have been with them for quite a while and their mum is full-time housewife, hence have the luxury of time to teach the kids during the week. In the end, my kid suffer a drop in self-confidence seeing how other kids (with full-time mum) "fly" during lesson. I also cannot stand the part at the start of the lesson, where they get the kid to rub the palm together to generate heat and request them to "swallow" the heat energy and pass some to the parents. So very unorthordox. Lasty, the teacher always end the lesson 5 minutes earlier. Not that I am calculative but for a 55 minutes lesson, 5 minutes is a big deal.

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Postby mintcc » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:29 am

bishanman wrote: also cannot stand the part at the start of the lesson, where they get the kid to rub the palm together to generate heat and request them to "swallow" the heat energy and pass some to the parents. So very unorthordox. Lasty, the teacher always end the lesson 5 minutes earlier. Not that I am calculative but for a 55 minutes lesson, 5 minutes is a big deal.


Hi bishanman, my child have been with shichida since 2 years old. However, will be withdrawing him from next term onwards now that he is 4 and there are many other enrichment which I think will engage him more. Overall we have a good experiecne as my child enjoys the classes a lot for the first 1 and a half yeards and I learn some useful techniques of teaching my child.

I think the part about rubbing palms together...it's just a relaxation technique. I think they try to make it more fun for the kid by swallowing the "energy ball" It's a lso a kind of imaginative play.

Our teacher always extend the class for our case. A 4:15 class ends at 5:30 most of the time, so I think the length of the class varies from teacher to teacher.

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Postby bishanman » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:42 am

Anyway, find it weird to have the "energy ball" pushed into my mouth by my kid. My lesson at best end on time but never extend.

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Postby swansea » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:13 pm

I believe that it depends on the teacher herself. My kid used to attend class in Springleaf under Teacher Suxxx, she is quite good.

bishanman wrote:Anyway, find it weird to have the "energy ball" pushed into my mouth by my kid. My lesson at best end on time but never extend.
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Multiplication sheet for5 years old

Postby cookiecreature » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:28 am

Hi mincy, Wud you mind share with me how do you coach Multiplication sheet homework that the SM teacher gave?

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Re: Multiplication sheet for5 years old

Postby mintcc » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:40 am

cookiecreature wrote:Hi mincy, Wud you mind share with me how do you coach Multiplication sheet homework that the SM teacher gave?


Sorry, we quite laid back with the home work....er actually never do home work hee.

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Postby bishanman » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:58 am

Mine is at Toa Payoh... Is that the HQ?

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shichida method

Postby concern2 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:26 am

We stopped attending the lessons after 9 months, but I read up on books published by Shichida (can get Chinese versions for less than S$10 from Maha Yuyi). I do agree on the following:

1) Requires much parental involvement and commitment as 1 lesson a week is not enough.

2) All kids are different, and possess different talents & abilities, and through the course, parents can identify the areas of talents/genius and to bring out the "innate potential" in your child, and possibly help your child develop further in that area.

3) The cost fees are over-priced and lessons are not flexible to accommodate MCs, so once you get a hang of it all, you can practice at home and look out for relevant materials that can help you accomplish this. Some of the materials suggested by KSP forums are genuinely good!

4) Once you stop attending the course, it is very easy for you to slack and stop practicing the activities at home. If you can afford and have helper, and your kid enjoys the class activities, I suggest you carry on with the course. Takes a lot of discipline and commitment (and energy) to carry on diligently at home. Also better to have buddies to exchange tips and keep motivated.

5) Your child's teacher makes a BIG difference, if not all the difference! My child's teacher did not ask for the energy ball to be shoved into my mouth! :laugh: My son used to refuse the energy ball activity, thinking it is silly (he's a little old man by nature). But recently when we did flashcards, he actually proposed to do the energy ball :roll:

I have become discrimating in the activities I choose because some takes too much time to prepare (dots cards). I try to find time to practice the following because I personally find them effective and my kids enjoy them.
- flashcards
- memory games (linking/photographic/mandala/matching cards etc.)

I find these activities are less academic and boosts overall learning abilities (hopefully can save $$ from tuition fees next time!)

As for the poem thingy - I didn't ask the purpose of it, but took it as another memory training for my kid. Some parents drew pictures to help their kids, which I did too at first, but didn't work out. Following how Professor Shichida learned English, I got my son to recite the poem again and again. He managed to remember the poem within a week. That's the same method I eventually adopted for his multiplication table, and he'd grasp the entire 1 to 9 multiplication (didn't follow what SM taught in class) within a month - not without some hard drilling :rant:

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Postby bishanman » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:20 am

Hi Concern2,

Glad you manage to find your "niche" in developing your children learning abilities.. I still trying to find the right ways and more importantly time. Always so much to do but so little time. BTW, my son find it weird with energy ball thingy but he did not reject. All he did was to do it in double quick time. Most of time the "energy ball", end up smacking my face :oops: because of his urgency to get it done and over with.

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shichida method

Postby concern2 » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:35 am

bishanman wrote:Hi Concern2,

Most of time the "energy ball", end up smacking my face :oops: because of his urgency to get it done and over with.


:rotflmao: Is that literally because you are sitting behind him?

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