Computer-Like Math Skills
Learned in Infancy!
Can infants learn
math a few months after they are born?
Yes, according to early childhood
specialist Dr. Makoto Shichida. Shichida
tells how infants learn by absorbing
information through the right brain. He
challenges the traditional belief that
math is primarily a left brain activity by
proving that children can learn to
calculate subconsciously through the right
have shown rapid calculation abilities
stem from the brain's right hemisphere. In
his book Right Brain Education In
infancy Shichida cites a study at the
Nippon Medical Center on Yuka Hatano who
won world titles for mentally calculating
sixteen digit problems faster than a
calculator. Professor Yoshiya Shinagawa
studied Ms. Hatano by PET scan while she
was orally doing mental arithmetic.
Shinagawa noted that the rear part of the
right brain that governs visual functions
The answers appear
on the screen of the mind! These so-called
math geniuses don't make conscious
mathematical calculations! Answers
automatically rise from the subconscious,
where they are calculated faster than a
calculator! Through the right brain, or
image brain, the person sees a picture of
the right answer. This function of the
right brain is also exercised in people
who have photographic memory. Shichida
mentions 18th-century mathematician and
physicist Leonard Euler who memorized
books while ruffling through the pages and
correctly answered 15 digit math problems
in a second. Mentally handicapped people
have also demonstrated this ability,
baffling scientists. Shichida gives the
example of Flure, a blind, mentally
retarded man who spent his life in a
French mental institution at the beginning
of the century. Flure could answer complex
math questions in less than 30 seconds and
give perfect 20 digit answers.
proves these extraordinary abilities can
be developed in ordinary children, given
the right training. Shichida uses dot
cards and fact cards to stimulate
'lightning-rapid' calculating ability and
photographic memory, which he believes are
normal functions of the right brain. These
flash cards are rapidly flashed in front
of infants and young children who register
the information subconsciously. Shichida
explains that unlike the left brain, the
right brain absorbs information very
In his book,
Right Brain Education in Infancy,
Shichida provides many examples of
children who excel at calculating at a
very early age, having been shown dot
flash cards over a period of time. One
mother witnesses her son's progress. "I've
been teaching him all kinds of knowledge
with homemade flash cards and charts that
I placed in my house since his birth. He
started answering mathematical problems in
writing at age two and a half years old.
He has no problem solving the four rules
of arithmetic in four to six
calculating ability is stimulated with dot
flash cards, where dots replace numerals.
"We took up dots when my son was two
months old," says another mother. "Since
he could not sit up by himself yet, I
showed the cards to him while he was lying
on his back. I was not sure if he
understood what I was doing with him, but
I kept on showing the cards as one of our
games. When he was five months old, I
showed him five addition problems using
dots, then I tested him by giving the
problem 48 + 29. I held up two answer
cards 77 and 78. He tapped the card with
the right answer--77. Then, I showed him
only five subtraction problems and tested
him. He gave me a correct answer again. I
was totally amazed. Seeing my own son
master addition and subtraction in a
matter of ten seconds. I felt as if I was
watching a magic trick. In this way, he
was able to master the four rules of
arithmetic by the age of six
Teaching your child with flashcards:
1) Experts agree that flashcards should be shown quickly (1 card per second). Presenting information quickly triggers the right brain into action!
2) Sessions should
be brief but they can be
3) Flashcards should be fun and children shouldn't be forced. When children are pressured against their will resistance shuts down right brain learning.
4) Parents need to
be relaxed and have fun with the process.
Love is a key ingredient!
Shichida and Doman differ somewhat in their methods. Doman uses repetition (left brain), while Shichida does not (right brain.) You may want to experiment or try a combination of both, a whole brain approach.
Glenn Doman's book How to Teach Your Baby Math gives detailed instructions on using dot cards. You can download Math Diamonds and use them in the same way that you would use dots.
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