Raising children with a kind heart
and full of talent
The Shichida Method™ education was created by Prof Makoto Shichida, a leading figure in Japanese early childhood education and right brain education.
Sixty years ago, when Makoto Shichida was a university student working as a tutor, he encountered a junior high school student who could not remember things he was taught five minutes before. This motivated him to ask the simple question,"Is one's abilities inherent or developed later through education?"
This original theory and its results are now recognised around the world as the "Shichida Method Educational Theory". It has expanded to various countries due to centre owners' strong desire to implement the Shichida Method of education in their own countries.
Whole character education to help children in all aspects of their lives
Shichida Method education aims to enrich the lives of children by supporting parents in four areas of child rearing: intellectual training, moral education, physical education, and dietary education.
- Intellectual training:
Increase abilities by acquiring knowledge
- Moral education:
Raise children who have a sense of morals (considerate, loving, sensible, etc.)
- Physical education:
Make daily life more pleasant and the body healthier through appropriate exercise
- Dietary education:
Help children live healthy lives by properly eating things that are good for the body
Education is often believed to consist of three pillars: intellectual education, moral education, and physical education.
The Shichida Method adds the pillar, dietary education. If eating habits are in disarray, the physical condition deteriorates, and mental health is affected. This makes the foundation to learn unstable and it is hard to increase results.
When children learn with their hearts and bodies in the best condition possible, any child will feel motivated and begin showing positive results. Also, when the child feels the effect and gains self-confidence, learning becomes fun and the child’s eagerness to learn will increase.
Educations in infancy plays an important role in creating this foundation. Giving appropriate stimuli during this “golden age” and filling the parent-child relationship with love will allow a child to increasingly demonstrate the abilities he/she originally possesses.
This is why we believe it is important to lay aside the stress on memorising information, pass through the framework of normal education and instead, provide an education of the heart by helping the child acquire an abundance of knowledge, a correct diet, a healthy body and compassion for others.
Develop Whole Character Education
The left brain thinks theoretically in contrast with the sensitive right brain, which is ruled by sympathy, love, etc.
To raise a child who is interested in various things and who thinks and acts for him/herself, it is necessary to develop the left and right brains in a balanced manner.
However, if there is no appropriate stimuli given during infancy, the right brain’s abilities will steadily become unusable. Once a child is older, considerable efforts will be required to draw out these abilities.
Shichida Method education aims to provide whole character education by placing importance on developing children’s hearts. This unprecedented educational method continues to spread, not only within Japan, but across the world as well.
Essential view on how the Brain works in Early Childhood Education
The illustration above shows the right brain can process a large amount of information in a short amount of time.
The left brain is known as the language brain. It gradually understands and memorises the information it receives. The right brain is known as the image brain. It memorises the information it receives through images.
Also, The right brain is controlled by sympathy and has flashes of ideas. If the right brain is activated in infancy by pouring out an abundance of love, the child will grow into a compassionate child with an outstanding memory, etc.
Did you know the brain
also has growth periods?
The brain grows by receiving stimuli but the foundational circuitry is established by the age of three. Most areas have developed by age six. In other words, it is essential to provide various encouragements during this stage of the brain's growth. We can also understand this through the "Law of Diminishing Abilities".
Children's brain have miraculous potential and absorbency. When they are young, these abilities are even greater. In other words, this law states "the sooner, the better"; abilities have a large potential to blossom.
Once a child grows older, this potential slowly diminishes. But, if you encourage the child from an early age, it is possible to rapidly develop these abilities.
The right brain is the key to drawing out the infinite potential of these genius-like abilities.
Also, love is necessary to draw out the right brain's abilities.
Right brain education involves communicating love and developing virtue and is the basis of soul education.
What is Shichida Method
The basis of child rearing is accepting, praising and loving.
6 Simple Points About Shichida Method Child Rearing
1. Are you sufficiently praising your child's strengths?
Excellent child rearing means excellent praising.
"I was praised!" A child expressions will begin to change from this simple fact.
Don't look at your child weakness.
2. Are you satisfied with who your child is right now?
The form your child currently displays is not his/her completed self. Please understand that your child is still undergoing the growth process. Look at your child as undergoing the growth process.
3. Have you unconsciously come to believe that what your child can do is ordinary?
If you look at your child from an adult's viewpoints, you will be dissatisfied and wonder why he/she cannot do certain things. Children will wither under this type of parent. Try looking at everything from your child's point of view. Realize what your child can do is extraordinary and heartily communicate praises to him/her, "That was great! You did it!"
Don't be a perfectionist.
4. Parents tend to make comparisons, "Your brother can do it. ( Child's friend or classmate) Why can't you?"
But even among siblings there are differences in growth rates, strengths and weakness. Accept each difference as part of each child's personality and search for each child's sparkling strengths. Don't compare.
5. Have you become too eager about your child's studies?
Of course, studying important but, no matter how intelligent the brain is, if the child becomes focused only on him/herself… Start by teaching your child what it means to live and to live in a way that is considerate towards others. Don't place priority on academic achievements.
6. Parents unconsciously tend to want their child to achieve a higher level than where he/she currently is.
If you accept your child just as he/she is, "I am happy just to have you here," your child will start to show even greater development.
Look at your child as perfect.
Children's abilities will steadily grow through praise. The most important thing in child rearing is clearly conveying your love to your child.
With this one feeling, children's brain power and hearts will change in large ways.