Rapid computer-like calculation is another characteristic of the high speed automatic process function of the right brain. You infants can be taught to recognise the number of dots on cards up to 100. Eventually they can learn the answers to complex arithmetic problems before they acquire any conscious understanding of mathematics.
According to Shichida, many people have the misconception that infants’ intellectual abilities grow as they store memories through learning, acquire logical thoughts, and learn explanatory methods. We all tend to think that recognition is a repetitive habit in which people repeat what they have experienced in their past. However, when we see babies of 4 to 5 months old doing arithmetic easily which is not supposed to be in their memory, or, when we teach arithmetic using “Dots” to children right after their birth, such general beliefs about experience are summarily dispelled. Man’s brain inherently holds a “super-high performance computer function” which enables him to automatically manage sophisticated arithmetic at high speed… This process is something “pre-designed” in the right brain, not something learned. It functions without any relation to the memory system.
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3 Successful Stages of Dots Training
- 100% correct answers in “which one” play
- Able to see the answers by image and able to write them
- Able to connect to the left brain
Once your child turns 3, try to develop image faculties, too. Image training and after-image training become very important. It is important to keep training because the connection between the right and left brains will be firmly built by solving many sums. Through constant training, your child will sustain the right brain calculation faculties no matter how old he becomes.
Important Considerations for Parents
1. Parents must have positive energy
If your child gets the answer wrong, simply show the correct card saying the correct answer. Do not show disappointment as it conveys the message to your child that you think your child is not capable and it will stress your child. Neither will it be successful if you think your child does not understand it.
2. Give up the left brain way of thinking
Stop all reasoning during the training and never make your child memorise.
3. Have a good relationship with your child
Enjoy the training. When you are done flashing cards, hug your child wholeheartedly and tell your child, “Thank you for looking at the card so well. I am so happy.”
4. Be relaxed
If you are tense during the card flashing session, your child’s right brain will be closed and the brain function will shift from right to left. If your child feels stressed, your child will not be able to absorb the information even when looking at the cards.
5. Do not doubt your child
Understand that dots training has the same process as learning a language. Just as your child will have begun to understand the language prior to speaking, so too will your child understand the dots training before any evidence of it can be seen. Compared to language rules, calculation rules are very simple. Dots are easy and enjoyable for your child so make sure you understand this point as well.
Benefits of the Dots Program
1. The dots program not only equips your child with the calculation ability but it also helps your child’s brain to function differently by activating the right brain. At the same time, it will help to draw out the right brain’s image power, ESP ability, memory power, creative ability and the ability of flashing ideas. All it takes is one or two minutes a day.
2. Dots is the right brain calculation ability that all children are equipped with at birth. When your child is able to tap into this natural calculation ability, mathematics becomes an easy subject to study.
Advice on Progress
If your child does not look at the dots, evaluate your lessons. Have you ever forced your child to look at the dots? Have you been repeating the same cards? Remember that repetition makes your child bored. If your child starts to deflect her eyes, she is sending a signal that she already understands it and you can move on to the next stage. If she still does not look at the dots, take a break for a few months.
The dots method is not all about memorising so it is fine to do it with intervals in between. After a break, your child will start looking at the dots again. An infant can learn within a second. He does not seem to be looking but all it takes for him to learn is to look at a card for a second.
Differences between Shichida’s Dot Program and Other Programs
1. Order and Random vs Random Only
Shichida believes that the right brain records a large quantity of items at a glance no matter how they are arranged.
2. Math Images
Images should include not only dots but a variety of images. This helps to hold your child’s attention and to keep your child interested in the program.
3. Using Only the Colour Red
Red is not the only colour appropriate to use with young children. Any colour which strongly contrasts against its background (which is typically white) is fine.
4. Right Brain Mass Memory/Intuitive Calculation Ability
Shichida recognises the right brain functions as being key in this process.
5. Accleration of Rate of Input
The Shichida Method uses theright brain’s instant memorisation ability by quickly flashing cards at the rate of 0.5 seconds per card.
The program is divided into different phases which you will go through from 1st year onwards. Your task is to complete 4 cycles of the 65 Day Program. You can give your child more than one lesson per day depending upon your child’s interest and attention span. Be ready to adapt the program to your child. Move on to the next activity when your child seems bored.