When it comes to making my own educational resources, I will be the first to admit that I’m rather lazy about it. There are so many other things I would rather be doing with my very limited personal time when the children are asleep. Therefore, if I can buy the materials I would rather buy them, otherwise I would have made my own Doman flashcards instead of paying the hefty investment.
Naturally when Heguru offered such a limited supply of “home resources” for parents, I decided to go shopping over at Shichida after hearing from one of the Shichida parents that they had great “home resources” available there. Upon enquiry, I was told that Shichida only sells their materials to parents with children in their school – dang. Then I thought I would sign Gareth up for their classes instead of registering him at Heguru so I could get access to all those lovely right brain resources. Unfortunately, when I called the Centerpoint Branch, they told me they had a long waiting list for the intake over the next two terms. That means it would be at least six months down the track, possibly more, before I would be able to get anything from them.
I had just about given up when I heard from MieVee that she was able to register her son at the Shichida branch in the city without any delays. By that time I’d already started Gareth on the TweedleWink program and didn’t really want to sign him up for another right brain class. But, but, all those right brain materials… So I decided to do the dirty and sign Gareth up for a term…
I took Gareth to the Shichida branch in the city at Wisma Lim Foo Yong. The lady who greeted us was very professional – she knew all her facts about the program. The Shichida program is well thought out. Designed to ensure results, it demands commitment from parents. At least one parent must attend a compulsory education course prior to the child starting class at Shichida. The course is usually held on the weekend at a hotel and may be conducted by one of the local staff at Shichida or it may be conducted by the principal. The course fees are refundable once the child completes four terms at Shichida. I guess that is their way of ensuring that if you send your child to Shichida, you stick with it. Looks like I won’t be sending Gareth there just for a term after all. That’s when I made a last ditch attempt to buy the products without enrolling into the class – no go…
It was probably just as well. Just that one trip into the city confirmed that I would not have enjoyed the ride to and from class. Despite leaving home at about 10ish, we still ran headlong into traffic. Since the best time to register Gareth for a class is in the morning on the weekdays while Gavin is at school so I won’t have to find someone to look after Gavin while I take Gareth to class, that means the jam is unavoidable. I think this is probably the main reason why the Shichida classes at Centerpoint have such long waiting lists – fewer parents want to brave the city traffic.
These are the details for enrolling into Shichida:
Annual fee: RM100
The deposit fee is refundable if a withdrawal notice is received by the end of the 8th week, 1 month in advance.
Term fees (12 weeks):
- Weekday (Thu/Fri) – RM1050
- Weekend ( Sat/Sun) – RM1200
Center is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays. There are no make-up classes for any lessons missed regardless of the reason.
- One parent – RM350
- Two parents – RM595
There is compulsory attendance for at least one parent. Fees are refundable in full if the child complete 4 continuous terms of the program.
Postponement fees: RM100
This is if you want to postpone the continuation of your child’s attendance. When your child returns to class, there will be an assessment to determine if your child can continue where he left off or if he will need to return to a more basic class to catch up.
- Pre-Junior level (3 months – 6 years old)
- Junior level (Primary 1 upwards)
- 6:45-8pm (weekdays at certain locations only)
- 8:15-9:30pm (weekdays at certain locations only)
- January – March
- April – June
- July – September
- October – December
- Class size: 4-6 children
- Class duration: 75 minutes/once a week (5 minutes welcome routine, 55 minutes lesson, 15 minutes child activity/communication with parents)
- One week break in between terms
- One parent must accompany the child
- Regular home practice is required
- There may be a placement screening test
- Fees also include: bursary/scholarship awards, complimentary yearly IQ screening, regular brain development assessment, genius club memberships, brain olympic awards, professional parenting workshops, home practice guidance sessions, tensai club membership.
Here’s a quote from a Shichida student:
“I can copy a page into my head if I look at it for an instant. I then read it in my head, even though the book is closed.” – Mihara, 7 years old.
There were other testimonials from parents of Shichida children who have achieved excellence in all areas – sports, music, and academics. If you’re looking for testimonials that the program really works, they’ve got it.