Shichida or Heguru? Which one should you send your child to? Well, if we’re talking Klang Valley, then the consensus based on my discussion with three other mothers is Heguru.
Shichida versus Heguru
What I understand about the two programs – though I can’t say for sure if this is factually correct so feel free to correct me if you know otherwise:
Shichida is the original right brain training school in Japan, however, Heguru appears to have taken over in terms of number of schools and size. Both are similar in concept with the same sort of teaching structure, but Shichida appears to be more methodical (at least here in Malaysia, it is). For instance, one of the things they teach is called “Linking Memory”. In Heguru, the teacher opens a series of cards and creates random stories from the cards. The only opportunity the children have to practice this is at school since parents don’t have the cards at home to play the Linking Memory game. Shichida demonstrates the Linking Memory game using a booklet of 1000 cards. Parents can take the booklet home and use it to work with their children for greater reinforcement.
Shichida also offers parents more take-home resources to continue the program with their children at home (which is something I think is very important if you want to derive greater benefits from the program because I fail to see how a one-hour, once a week session can be enough to stimulate the right brain adequately). Heguru also has some resources available for purchase but they only offer blank cards and parents are required to make their own cards. There is nothing to stop Heguru parents from buying Shichida resources, though, so that is one way to circumvent this problem. There is also an online Shichida resource center created by Shichida Parents that offer free resources that you can download and contribute to. Yet another resource you can use is called “Memory Magic” which you can purchase online from Accelerated Learning Methods.
Despite this, the mothers I spoke to preferred Heguru over Shichida because they felt the teachers at Heguru were more experienced. I’m afraid these are just their opinions and I cannot verify them since I have yet to attend a Shichida school.
Based on my personal experience, my only gripe with the class at Heguru is the English pronunciation. However, like I said before, the teacher needs to be able to speak multiple languages so I guess it can be hard to get qualified staff who can speak all these languages with perfect pronunciation. I would much rather the teacher pronounce the Chinese words correctly than the English ones since I can teach Gavin English at home but I can’t teach him Chinese.
What I don’t like, however, are some of the recordings that they play which do not pronounce the words correctly. This is one area where I believe they could improve. They may not be able to help it if the teacher’s pronunciation is out, but surely they can get recordings where the pronunciation is accurate.
For more information you can contact either school at:
The Shichida Method Sdn Bhd
(Enquiries: Wed-Sun, 9am-6pm)
86 Jalan Raja Chulan, #12-01 Wisma Lim Foo Yong, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: (603) 2144-2555
Phone/Fax: (603) 2143-1528
Units F1-F7 (Level 2) Centrepoint Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Phone: (603) 7727-8149
Phone/Fax: (603) 7727-9105
Heguru Educational Laboratory (M) Sdn Bhd
(Wed-Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat, 9:30am-7pm; Sun, 9:30am-3:30pm)
Unit 27-3, Blk B, Signature Office, Mid Valley Boulevard, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: (603) 2287-2168