Shichida flashcards multiplication

[Tutorial] How to make Shichida flashcards

by mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com on June 14, 2013

To answer many Mummies’ enquiries on “How to Make Shichida Flashcards”, here’s a detailed tutorial with tips.

Basic steps?

  1. Think of a topic (that either you or your child finds interesting)
  2. Find a relevant list online or compile one. Wikipedia is a good resource.
  3. Find a suitable image for each item on the list
  4. Create the soft copy flashcards file (you may download our template later)
  5. Print, cut and glue the flashcards

What information to include on the flashcards?Mummy's Homeschool - How to make Shichida flashcards sample

  • Title card: simple title. Decorate it a little if you wish to.
  • Front of flashcard: a large and clear image. Preferably on a white background. Do a tight crop, or cut around the borders of the object
  • Back of flashcard: write the name of the object in pen (Writing in pencil is too faint and hard to read when speed flashing.) In small font is fine, as long as you can read it.
  • Especially if you’re exchanging cards, write the name in the top middle of the card. This facilitates both left and right handers.
  • For certain topics, you may wish to let the child study more information regarding each image. You may then include more information behind the card. Refer to the sample below:

Mummy's Homeschool - How to make Shichida flashcards sample 2

  • Perhaps 80% to 90% of my week’s flashcards set are made of flashing images. The rest, I may include some English words, Chinese characters or numerals. For a baby or young child who hasn’t shown interest in reading, I may not even flash any word.

How big should the flashcards be?

  • Most objects / images: usually A5 (=1/2 A4)
  • Random / variety / organised dots / poems / songs: usually A4
  • Images with more details: A4 (e.g. our Famous Paintings set)

What type of paper to use?

  • Name of paper: Art card
  • Weight: 270-310gsm (Heavier cards are sturdier and easier to speed flash)
  • Coating: At least 1 glossy side (facing the child). I use 2 glossy sides when writing directly. (Update: If printing directly using inkjet printer, then matte finishing only to prevent smudging.)

Where to buy cardstock?

  • For convenience: Shichida Tensai store. RM20 per 100 A5; RM38 per 100 A4.
  • For bulk savings: Find a local paper supplier near you. I bought 1000 (at RM14 per 100 A4 310gsm) and requested for most to be cut into A5.

1. Singapore:

Hiap Moh: http://www.hiapmoh.com/contactus/localoffice.htm

2. Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur:

(310gsm art card, ~RM0.14 per A4)

SNT Marketing
10, Persiaran Cahaya 2, Taman Cahaya Indah Light Industrial, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel/Fax: +603 42942108, +603 42942109

(270gsm art card, ~RM0.17 per A4)

B Soon Trading
No. 12 Jalan Brunei Barat, Off Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur 55100, Malaysia.
Tel/Fax: +603 21489792

How to make / print the flashcards?

  • If you have a printer that can print on thick cardstock (check the specifications!), then print directly onto the cardstock. This is fast and lasting.
  • If you have a colour inkjet printer, then print on A4 paper (2 images on 1 page for A5 flashcards). Cut with scissors (or buy a paper cutter, much more efficient), and glue onto blank cardstock. Use gluestick instead of watery glue.
  • [Added on 25 April 2014] To save even more time, print on A4 adhesive labels. Check out details at this tutorial: How to make 100 Shichida flashcards in 2 hours
  • For super-ink efficiency, check out the Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS). I bought an Epson L-series printer with built in CISS, first brand in the market to launch such a series. (If you convert other printers into CISS, you’d void the warranty.)
  • For dot cards, you may buy round coloured stickers from a stationery shop. From what I read, usually red for young babies and any clear colours (e.g. blue / green / orange / pink) for older children. ~1cm in diameter each. (I’ve used smaller ones for my multiplication cards.) Then stick onto blank cardstock.

Flashcards Multiplication

How to flash the flashcards?

  • Tool: Buy a thumb cover from a stationery shop or Daiso. Preferably transparent or cream colour to camouflage it. Else, other colours are also fine, just try to hide it from the child’s view to prevent distracting her.
  • Quantity: I flash about 10 cards per topic each time. For some favourite topics, Vee prefers that I flash the entire set at one go; this may be up to 40+ cards. So it depends on your child’s attention span. About 200 cards per day (can be broken into short sessions)
  • Repetition: Generally no within the same day, unless my child specifically requests for it
  • Rotation: Every day, I shuffle the cards within most topics (except cards for math, time, etc. that are sequential). Every week, I try to replace the entire set of ~200 cards. If I’m tired / busy, we may use the same set for several weeks, with daily shuffling and playing a variety of guessing games with the cards.
  • Speed: 1 to 3 cards per second
  • Some variety when flashing:
    • Image – Image – Image – Image …
    • Image – Word – Image – Word …
    • Image – (flip horizontally) Word – Image – (flip horizontally) Word …
    • Image – (flip vertically) Word – Image – (flip vertically) Word …

More tips

These are some useful ideas from the flashcards that I’ve bought.

  • Index every card in the set with a short “code” to track that the set is complete. Also, this lets me know if I’ve shuffled the cards before flashing.
  • E.g. For the Colours set, I’d index the title card as “Colours /12” (i.e. 12 cards in the set). For each colour, the code would be “Colours 1”, “Colours 2”, etc.
  • You may write the code in pencil marking behind the flashcard. Or if you’re using my template, you may cut out the Name of the card with the code (i.e. the slide number) and stick it behind the card.

Mummy's Homeschool - How to make Shichida flashcards storage

  • Here’s when it’s good to cut corners: Cut a small triangle off the corner of each card (e.g top left corner). This way, I can stack many sets of cards together (each set in opposite direction) and still find separate sets easily.

Mummy's Homeschool - How to make Shichida flashcards regular storage

  • Organisation & storage: We’ve thousands of flashcards (I didn’t count!), so getting them organised is important.
    • Those on regular rotation (e.g. dot cards): Keep in accessible storage boxes. I use the Ikea Trofast system. Or any sturdy drawer-type storage will do.
    • Longer storage: Keep A5 cards standing up in Daiso transparent shoe boxes. (They fit perfectly!) Sort by subject topics if you’d like to.
    • Flashcards for the week: Keep in a flat box / tray, together with the thumb cover. Anytime I need it, just pull it out, get the kids to do deep breathing, and start flashing.

Where to download free flashcards?

More ideas for topics?

Due to copyright reasons, I’ve printed many flashcards that can’t be uploaded for sharing. Here are some useful topics with references:

Have fun creating your own flashcards!

Next: [Tutorial] How to make 100 Shichida flashcards in 2 hours

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Manorama June 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

This is fantastic, thanks.
Could you tell me if you have been able to calculate how economical is your printer (per card/per 100 cards)?
I am looking to invest in one. Thanks

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com June 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Hihi Manorama, I didn’t calculate exactly, but the savings are HUGE compared to my previous HP printer.
In the past, as long as I consistently created flashcards, I needed to spend ~RM100 on ink refill a month.

For the Epson CISS printer, 1 cartridge set is able to print thousands of photos or even more flashcards (at regular print quality).
After I printed about 500 flashcards, the ink indicator barely moved. Ha… :p

My rough estimate is >10 cents (regular) vs 1 cent (CISS) per flashcard.

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Manorama June 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Hi
Thanks for your reply.
Yes indeed, there appears to be huge saving, almost 10 times more reasonable!
Only drawback is that it does print directly on cardstock. However I understand this actually consumes more ink, so better to find some time to cut and paste :).
I guess I’ll scout around some more ; GSS is ongoing… :)

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com June 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I’d love to print directly on card stock. BUT Epson CISS printers only allow up to 200+gsm, not 300gsm. Also, even printing regularly at the max 200+gsm will spoil the printer faster. There’re some non-CISS printers that allow printing on heavy cardstock, but either the printer or ink or both are expensive.

One other option is a coloured laser printer that can print on cardstock, just that I didn’t find anything suitable. Not keen on the maintenance and ink toner changes.

One more option is an e-printing service, which I’ll check for affordable ones in Malaysia.

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Serena Chin June 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Hi mie vee,

Really thank you of the share the tutorial how to make flashcard! I have a question my daughter already 3 year old is it still work on shichida flash card method! Can her still can asbosrt I just flashcard for few minit?
Another question where to buy the art card in Selangor?

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com June 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Hi Serena, you’re most welcome! :) Yes, you may still flash cards to your 3-year old. I’m doing that with Vee (4+ years old) regularly — it helps to boost his memory. Also, after viewing the contents on flashcards (e.g. multiplication) and we move on to manipulatives, he grasps the concepts very easily and can retain what he learns.

I’ve read of Shichida parents who only started flashing cards when the kids are 5 years old, and the kids manage to develop amazing abilities. My friend, whose daughter is 7+, still finds this method very effective and efficient. Most importantly, learn the correct way to use the flashcard method. There’s quite a bit of misinformation on the method online, so try to refer to original Shichida sources.

I bought the art card through hubby’s contact, will check with him the contact details.

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Serena Chin July 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Can share your selangor paper supplier contact to me?

Verrone July 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hi mie vee,

jus a small tip on tis: As I hate the glue-ing and paste-ing of the pictures, gets a bit dirty and untidy. So I buy those A4 size label stickers and print on it, add-on borders to make your cutting easier and just stick it onto your card.

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 4, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hihi Verrone, thanks for the idea. Using a glue stick is quite neat actually, unlike liquid glue. I’ll go check out the adhesive labels and see if they’re economical, cos I can make hundreds of flashcards every month.

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Verrone July 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hi mievee,

WOW!!! Hundreds!!! I will b very happy if i can make 3 new sets each mth.
Can you share the themes of your flashcards?

Tran Minh Tu July 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Hi Mievee,
I really confuse about how to use flash cards in shichida method? (For example: how many cards in one day should I use? How many day these cards will be used ? How many cards each times I flash? How many times should I repeat the cards?). Can you please help me to make a lesson plan for my 6 month baby?
Thanks alot for your help!
Tu

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

Hi Tran Minh Tu, here’re the answers (from the best of my knowledge):
1. depends on the child’s age and attention span. Can start from 10 cards, then gradually increase to 100-200 per day.

2. depends on child’s preference. Some super-fast learners need new cards every 1-2 days, else they get bored. Some children are contented with similar cards (shuffled every day) for 1 week or even more. The key is to refresh the set BEFORE boredom. If child’s starts to look away from the cards or is uninterested in flashcard sessions, he’s probably bored.

3. if child has short attention for flashcards, the set you’ve prepared for the day can be broken down into several short sessions. Personally, I like to try raising the child’s attention and interest so that we get it done in 1 session (only a few minutes).

4. repetition: similar to #2. For “core” topic cards such as random / variety / organised dots, I rotate from 1 to 100 (10 cards each time) and restart after the cycle. Can flash in different ways after that, e.g. multiples of 2/5/10, use a different language. For generic themes (e.g. types of toys), I’ll go through the set (10 cards each time), then keep it away till many months or even a year later before re-using.

5. 6-month old baby: When Jae was a baby, I let him join in Vee’s flashcard sessions. Basically, just use 10 cards per set and gradually have total 100-200 cards, up to the child’s attention allows. Have a variety of topics from languages, math, sciences, geography, history, cultural, music, astronomy, etc. It’s purely for input at this age, the child can absorb anything. After the session, play a few “Which one is?” game with baby. From 3-4 months old, the baby can learn to touch the card to indicate his answer. It doesn’t matter if he gets it right or not, just make it fun and encouraging.

Hope these help! :)

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Tran Minh Tu July 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

Hi Mievee,
Really thanks for your answer!
In recent I am teaching my baby in Glenn Doman method, but after reading some information about Shichida method I found that it’s much great if I can teach my baby with the Shichida. So now I am looking for the Shichida method information and I found your page, it’s really useful!
My baby can focus for a long time if I give her pictures, she doesn’t keen on letter. So as you told above, I will use flash cards like this:
1. In one day I can show my baby up to 200 cards include many topics
2. 10 cards in one set. So 200 cards can be deivide into 20 sets, right?
3.Can you explain for me: 1 day should I repeat these cards 2-3 times? Some one told me that if I do that the information will be turned into left brain because of repetation.
4. With 6 month baby, except for flash cards, what another activities should I play with may baby?
I am sorry if I disturb you, but because I don’t understand about left brain and right brain clearly so I confuse alot.
Thanks for your help!

Prisca July 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi mievee,

I enjoy reading your sharing on home education.
My girl is not in Shichida but am inspired by your commitment so thought of self making the materials.

From those pics that you have posted, i am interested in the lightning rapid calculation and the 9 的乘法表 content. Wonder can you share?

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Hi Prisca, thank you for reading my articles. For Lightning Rapid Calculation, you may try searching for “63-Day Lightning Rapid Calculation” and see if anyone else has shared. I can’t share it cos it’s copyrighted by Shichida.

The older version is “65-Day Lightning Rapid Calculation”. It has been shared online elsewhere. The difference is 65-Day programme covers 1-100, while the updated 63-Day covers 1-50, supposedly easier to absorb for babies / young children since many of us start the programme really early.

For this programme, the basic you need is a set of random red dots flashcards for 0-50 (63 Days) or 0-100 (65 Days), and the list of equations for each day.

Since you read Chinese, there’re pre-packaged Lightning Rapid Calculation programme flashcards. Try ibaby [dot] my, search for 63日点卡(上下册). I’m not sure where to get it from Singapore. Haven’t tried them before, so you may verify if it follows the programme correctly.

[Edited to add on 27 April 2014] I’ve bought 2 sets of 63-Day Math Dot Programmes:
1. Original published by Shichida Education International
2. Published by 德慧泉
Quality and reliability: I prefer Shichida’s original. (Disclosure: I’m now retailing Shichda Education International products at Owlissimo.com)

For 乘法表, I’m using 《说说唱唱 乘法表》 CD by warm372 [dot] com. My boy finds them more catchy than Shichida’s Multiplication CDs. Can get from Popular. I used dot stickers to create the flashcards. Alternatively, can create slides, then print and paste.

Hope this helps… :)

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Serena July 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Thank You for the contact!
For the 《说说唱唱 乘法表》 you bought is CD do there include DVD together? Cos I bought it is said CD + DVD, When I open only DVD. I just want to know if CD do I need to buy another piece? My daughter don’t like to watch 《说说唱唱 乘法表》, need to find another method to let her learn!

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 27, 2013 at 2:12 am

Hi Serena, mine’s CD + DVD but I only use the CD. It’s perfectly fine not watch the DVD, we don’t too cos audio learning is very effective and doesn’t harm the eyes. If you can’t find the CD in the pack, then need to exchange with the store?

For my kids, I started with listening to the CD. Then introduced homemade Multiplication flashcards that can go with the raps.

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Prisca July 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

Thanks Mievee for sharing the information on the dots programme. Will try to source for information on it.

By the way, i am interested in self making the 乘法表 like yours. Possible to share more photos on how the 1x to 8x multiplication cards look like?

Just wonder where you get the items on the flashcards topic. Hope to be a hardworking mommy like you.

Thanks.

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 27, 2013 at 2:08 am

Hi Prisca, in case I take too long to take photos:

1x Multiplication:
– 1×1=1: 1 rounded-edge square with 1 dot inside
– 2×1=2: 2 rounded-edge square with 1 dot inside each

– 12×1=12: 12 rounded-edge square with 1 dot inside each


8x Multiplication:
– 1×8=8: 1 rounded-edge square with 8 dots inside
– 2×8=16: 2 rounded-edge square with 8 dots inside each

– 12×8=96: 12 rounded-edge square with 8 dots inside each

… continue until 12×12=144: 12 rounded-edge square with 12 dots inside each

For each flashcard topic, I search using Google images. Mainly because I try to find pictures of real-live objects, instead of clip-art.

After a while, you’ll find a way to create flashcards most efficiently. All the best to you! :)

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Serena Chin July 28, 2013 at 11:11 am

Hi mie vee,

Can show how the thumb cover look like? I didn’t see it at daiso shop!

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Hi Serena, please refer to the second last photo – there’s my green thumb cover on the Lightning Rapid Calculation flashcards set. The ones in Daiso KL are orange, at the stationery section. Otherwise, major bookstores should have them, they’re for cashiers to calculate cash quickly. :)

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Priya March 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

Hi mievee,
im new to your blog..for the past 2 mths i have been reading and gaining lots of info from your blog. my daughter is in shichida class..
thank you so much for all the wonderful sharing..i must say you are a great inspiration to me!!
BRAVO, mom!!
Btw, i would like to know if you can share where can we buy the empty cards in bulk..planning to print out and continue doing it …

thank you.
Priya

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Priya March 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

Hi mievee…its ok…tried scrolling up and down the page and found the info:-
SNT Marketing
10, Persiaran Cahaya 2, Taman Cahaya Indah Light Industrial, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel/Fax: 0342942108, 0342942109

thank you :-)

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Rebecca August 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hi MieVee,

May i know what is the diameter of the random dots/organized dots/multiplications? is there any impact if the size of the diameters random?

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com August 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Hi Rebecca, the dot diameter needs to be big enough for the child to see clearly.

I try to fill up the A4 flash card. Within each set, diameter of dots is consistent.
For multiplication cards, maximum 144 dots, so I use ~0.5″ (1.27cm) diameter.
For cards with maximum 100 dots, I use ~0.59″ (1.5cm) diameter.

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rebecca August 20, 2014 at 1:20 am

Hi mievie,
Thank you so much for your guidance. I’ve started making Flash card with your recommend method. Managed to source for very good price for the adhesive n cardboard. I’m so happy.
Thanks a lot for your generosity that made my life much easier.
:)

chan August 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Hi Mievee

Thanks for your sharing.
Is it ok for a kid to repeat in words whatever being flashed to him?
Should i let him be or should i ask him not to repeat?

Thank you

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com August 20, 2014 at 1:13 am

Hi chan, at high speed flashing (~2 cards per second), I find that it’s quite impossible for my kids to repeat after me. Perhaps you could try flashing a bit faster and see if he still repeats?

I notice that if my toddler is familiar with the cards, he may try to repeat. E.g. Alphabets A-Z. Once I start flashing, he starts reciting at his own pace and doesn’t pay attention. For the following session, I removed the cards and replaced with new topics.

My preference is for the child not to repeat during flash card session. Main reason is he’d distract classmates / siblings watching the cards too.

Hope this helps and all the best! :)

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Jacelle December 31, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Hi Mievee,
Admire your determination on making flash cards and flashing to your kids.

May I ask can the epson L800 cope w the printing in cards? I print using my epson L120 and I face problem feeding the cards, it often jam and I am seeing broken lines fr the printout.

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com February 15, 2015 at 12:23 am

Hi Jacelle, after 5 years and 3 kids, I still see the effectiveness of the right brain method (which includes flash cards & other activities), that’s why I continue using it. :)

You may refer to this detailed post on Epson L800 here. I’m using 270gsm paper, no jam. It can take up to 280gsm.

After some time, broken lines may appear. When this happens, I open the printer utility application, run printer head cleaning, do a test print of the lines. If broken, repeat. Just this week, I ran the head cleaning 3 times and print-out is fine again.

Also, if you’re too busy to make materials sometimes, at least try to print a coloured document or test page every week. This prevents the printer head from clogging.

Hope this helps. :)

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Jacelle February 15, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Thank you for sharing. :)

Kim January 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Hi MieVee,

Thanks for sharing your experience and expertise in teaching your little ones Shichida. I have a Q for you regarding flashcard. Should I mix word and picture in the same card (eg, pic of car and the word car in the same flashcard)? I have a feeling that the answer is no since my Shichida teacher has never shown cards like that (except for some of the variety dots cards). What is the rationale?
I am a mummy in Singapore who missed your home practice workshop the other time. When are you having one again? Looking forward to it.

Thanks!

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com February 15, 2015 at 12:06 am

Hi Kim, your observation is right. Picture on 1 card, word on separate card.
The rationale is that the child absorbs the entire card as a whole.

Learning is effective when it goes in this sequence: concrete (e.g. show the object) and pictorial (show picture of object), then abstract (show the word, number or symbol)

To show in pictorial form:
It’s clearer to show, for example, an apple as an object with plain background and no word.

To show the abstract form:
When the child sees just the word and no picture, it’s easier to remember what the word looks like.

Next workshop for Singapore is likely in June 2015; for KL in Apr 2015.
In the pipeline is an e-workshop video series.
Just stay in Mummy’s Homeschool mailing list to be updated.

Or check Owlissimo.com from time to time.

Have a great day! :)

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Yean June 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

Hi,

I just subscribed to the homeschooling [blog]. It is a very informative website and i m really admire enthusiam of school learning. I m going to be mother of 3 too, #1 is 4 years old,#2 is 32 months,#3 coming soon in oct. I did flashcard to my #2 before…but seemed didnt work out. Do i have to read out the card while flashing? How to get him focus on the card as he seemed get distracted easily. If he has short attention, would flash few cards enough and defeat purpose? I m new to right brain method…can share recommended flashcard plan for my 4 years old and coming 3 years old kids…truely appreciate it. Tks.

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Ellen Guek February 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

Any tips to flash fast ? i am using rubber thumb and 230gm paper , still it is like stuck in between…can’t slip out fast enough

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com March 6, 2016 at 11:16 pm

Generally, thicker and smoother paper/cards are easier to flash faster.
I use minimum 270gsm and glossy on 1 side (if possible).
If both sides are rough, then the card can’t be lifted up fast enough.

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Janice April 19, 2016 at 11:47 pm

hi there..may I know how many cards will fit into the Daiso shoe box? I am trying very hard to think of how to organise my huge number of flashcards. Not sure if i should just dump everything into one huge Ikea storage box or have several Daiso shoe boxes. TIA for your advice.

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com April 30, 2016 at 1:19 am

Hi Janice, the Daiso shoe box is about 30cm long. You may measure a thick stack of your flashcards, then estimate how much it’d hold. My guess is about 500, depending on card thickness.

Do note that one Ikea storage box of flashcards is VERY heavy. (The red ones in the picture.) I use a few to hold my A4 math flashcards and cards on rotation. Avoid having too many of these because the weight could cause back-injury. No joke.

All the best! :)

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

Hi Serena, here it is:
SNT Marketing
10, Persiaran Cahaya 2, Taman Cahaya Indah Light Industrial, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel/Fax: 0342942108, 0342942109

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

I’m slowing down recently because of pregnancy and 2 active kids. Sharing with a couple of other mums help a lot. The kids go through about 200 cards per week, and I try to keep most of them new, so got to keep making. The “target” for Shichida Method is to flash 1000 cards a day, and I’ve no idea how to make that happen, haha!

I may spend 1-2 weeks making new sets in soft copy, print the several hundreds pictures. Then the rest of the month, cut / glue some (10-50) every day.

As for themes, it’s anything interesting / useful, can sometimes be fun ones (e.g. cartoon characters) instead of knowledge-related.
I try to cover all major subjects – languages, math, sciences, geography, history, cultural, music, astronomy, etc.
My boy loves food, so we’ve done Fruits, Nuts, Japanese Food, Pasta, Cheese, Eggs, Mushrooms, etc.
He also loves vehicles, so we’ve covered cars brands, logos, MPV models, emergency & rescue vehicles.

For each theme, I try to have a long list, so the set can be used over a longer period of time by using only 10 cards each week.
Then favourite topics can be used for Flash Memory. E.g. We’re using the MPV set for Flash Memory (i.e. flash in a particular sequence only, no shuffling), and Vee loves memorising the entire sequence. It’s similar to Linking Memory, but doesn’t need story linking, suitable for ~4 years old and above.

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com July 27, 2013 at 1:50 am

Hi Tran Minh Tu! Personally, I prefer Shichida to Glenn Doman method because it’s much more comprehensive, versatile and makes a lot of sense to me. The 2 methods are actually VERY different, although both use flashcards. The purpose and method of using flashcards differ between them.

Anyway, replies:
1. yes

2. yes. 10 cards in 1 set is not a “must”. You can have slightly less or more too. Just not too many in 1 set, unless baby likes it.

3. Shichida method needs NO repetition. The flashcard session is for activating the right brain, helping to boost memory power, etc. Not meant to teach knowledge or reading, etc. After flashcard and right brain activities, do left brain activities with child to help her retain the information. For baby, this can be singing, reading, playing with educational blocks / toys / homemade materials, etc.

4. You may refer to Jae’s past progress updates.

Right brain activities: flashcards, senses games, pretend play, speed reading, speed listening, memory games (try reading original Shichida books for more details. Refer to Shichida Review & FAQ article.)

Left brain activities: activities that help her experience all senses. E.g. see different things in and out of house, talk to her about them, let her smell / touch / hear / taste (when older) a wide range of things.

Baby sign language is wonderful too, can help her communicate to you when she’s ready. http://www.mummysreviews.com/2010/02/23/baby-sign-language-our-experience/

Hope this helps! :)

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mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com August 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

That’s wonderful, Rebecca! Have fun teaching and learning with your little one! :)

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