Benefits of joining the abacus course

Benefits of joining the Abacus Course


In young kids the brain is constantly building to form new connections in response to the stimulation received. This process uses the 3 senses (tactile, visual and auditory) to develop and balance the mental, physical, social interaction, emotional, personality and confidence of children. Regular practice of abacus, Brain gym and Speed writing helps children in the above process by improvement in academics through improved concentration & focus, comprehension, retention and recall, logical reasoning and speed & accuracy of computing skill. Specifically, benefits of joining the abacus course can help your child in the following ways..


Benefits of Abacus Course

Improves concentration and focus:

In a study conducted by the Decker Avenue School, California, researchers analysed the effects of abacus training on children in a classroom. It was found that the students who received abacus training showed a significant improvement in concentration levels.

Improves memory and visualization

A two-year long study titled “The Effect of Abacus Training on Chinese Children’s Mental Calculation” showed that the abacus learners had better auditory and visual memory compared to non-abacus learners. Another research has shown that abacus learning can improve visualization, which is attributed to the fact that abacus students visualize an abacus in their mind. The visualization ability is useful to students in other fields of study as well.

Encourages the use of right side of the brain:

The left side of the brain focuses on the analysis of information. The right side of the brain focuses on visualization, creativity and thinking. Usually, the left temporal region is used for performing mathematical calculations with pen and paper. Abacus training stimulates the right side of the brain, thereby improving your child’s ability to memorise, visualise, and observe.

Develops logical understanding

Over time, children develop the ability to imagine an abacus in their mind and to make mental calculations. When a child visualizes the maths question on the imaginary abacus, he/she has to think and apply logic to do the correct movement of beads in mind. Repeatedly performing mental math builds their ability to apply logic in other day-to-day life scenarios a well.

Build a concrete foundation for mathematics:

Mathematics can be a puzzle to some. However, learning abacus builds a firm understanding of maths right from the formative years. With the visual aid of an abacus, all abstract concepts of math are transferred to tangible beads. Children have to count the beads, and this develops their hand-eye coordination. With practice, the child develops an image of the abacus in his/her head to perform mental maths. Overall, it is a fun way to get introduced to more complex mathematics.

Improved understanding of math:

Research has shown that advanced abacus learners are better at solving certain types of mathematical problems compared to those who were not trained in abacus. Abacus training improves the child’s capability of solving mathematical problems with integers, decimals, and fractions, and problems requiring higher level of logical thinking.

Highlights of the Abacus & Brain Gym Course

  • Program designed by certified trainer for Abacus (by China Abacus Association) and International Instructor and facilitator of Brain Gym (by Educational Kinesiology foundation) Mr. Kelvin Tham
  • Only International program which combines Abacus and Brain Gym techniques for whole brain development
  • 29 days of exhaustive training for instructors followed by up-gradation sessions
  • Child friendly course material
Best learning age for the children

Brain development and BEST LEARNING AGE for children

This article discusses Brain Development and best learning age for children, brain development including brain wiring and nervous tissue growth, importance of development of both sides of the brain.

Brain Development

For years, scientists have known that what happens – or doesn’t happen – during the first few years makes a big difference in a child’s later life, and that babies who do not get enough love and attention in infancy are less likely to be well-adjusted adults.

Thanks to brain imaging technologies, we now have a clearer understanding of how the brain functions, both before and after birth.

Two most important factors related to development of the brain and ability to learn are

1.       Brain and Nervous tissue growth

2.       Development of both sides of the brain which are discussed below


Brain and Nervous tissue growth

Wiring the Brain

A baby is born with about 100 billion neurons, the basic brain cells responsible for all major functions that happen in the body. Neurons exist throughout the central nervous system. Thinking, feeling, breathing, walking, and all other functions in the brain happen because these cells communicate. The number of neurons remains nearly constant from birth on, but the number and complexity of connections among neurons changes dramatically throughout the child’s life.

During the first year or two, neurons make many more connections than the baby will use. The developing brain is a little like a fertile garden. When we plant a garden, we plant more seeds than needed to ensure that some of them grow and thrive. When too many seeds sprout, there is not enough room for the healthiest plants to thrive. By weeding out some plants, we allow more room for the crops to grow. The brain has a similar “weeding” process, called pruning. Pruning is a normal part of brain development that creates more space for the most important networks of connections to expand and helps the brain conduct signals more efficiently.


Variation of Nervous tissue growth rate with age

According to the analysis on the development of nervous tissues, the development and growth of the nervous tissues will happen from 4 to 6 years old at the fastest pace and the progression will slow down after 12 years of age, when growth has reached to 75 % levels.

During juvenile period, these cells will grow up to 90 % of an adult or in other words, the liaison net of the nervous tissue will reach to 90%.

The greatest growth of human brain happens during the age from 4 years to 14 years. During this period, the frequency of brain wave increases gradually from Theta (relaxing stage) to Alpha level (relaxing but conscious). Children in Alpha level have plentiful imagination and quicker learning ability.

As they grow older into their juvenile age (the Beta level, the sober period), thought will become more complicated and rational, and they will mainly think with their left brain.


Importance of development of both sides of the brain

The relativity theory introduced in 1905 and 1916 by Einstein had shocked the science circles. He illustrated the relativity theory as an outcome of an idea. He used his right brain to create an amazing journey of thought and use his left-brain to develop a set of mathematical theories to explain the fairyland he saw.

The drawings, composition, lines and model in rough draft of Piccaso have shown the mathematical and geometrical concept.

These proved that there are hidden potential of science and arts in every brain, the only difference is that both brains are not equally developed, otherwise this will double out the network growth progress.


Control of different organs

A lot of physiological organs of the human body are divided in to right and left parts. Some of them appear symmetric on the surface, but the function is not symmetric at all. For instance, the right and left hands are different in strength and skill, so is the visual sensitiveness of the right and left eyes. For the same reason, the function of the right and left hemisphere of the brain is not symmetric either.

The different cognitive forms of the two hemispheres are mutually complementary and co-operative and develop harmoniously, making up the whole function of the human brain.

“The theme to emerge from this is that there appears to be two modes of thinking, verbal and nonverbal, represented rather separately in the left and right hemisphere respectively and that our education system, as well as science in general tends to neglect the nonverbal from the intellect. What is come down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.


Need to train both sides of brain to train together

To give equal rein to the overall intelligence of the cerebrum, both the right and left brain must be trained at the same time. The creativity will at its greatest only when both brains are communicating and co-operating with each other. The creativity function from right brain need to be boosted by the information stored in left brain, whereas the mathematical and physical abilities must work together with the space perception from the right brain to become an excellent scientist, engineer, literati, designer and business man.

Therefore, as a parent to you children, in order to explore and enhance the children’s intelligence, the best learning time for your children is the age before 15 and development of both sides of brain is very important.

Child’s Brain and Skill Development by doing the right activities at the right time

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Your child’s understanding of the world changes and builds with age and experience. Brain Development, Skill Development, Emotional Growth, Personality Development, Communication Skills Development of your child happens effectively if you match activities and exercises with Child’s age and stage of progress. Doing the right activities at the right time encourages healthy intellectual expansion with the least effort and the most pleasure for both you and your child.


How children learn

In order to stimulate your child’s growth, it helps to understand exactly how children learn. Our ideas about the brain and skill development have changed considerably in recent years.  Earlier, parents and educators used to believe that children were empty vessels to be filled with knowledge. Later on, we adopted the notion that children were more or less fully formed beings at birth whose fate is determined mostly by their genetic make-up, no matter what happens in the environment.


The truth lies somewhere in between

Many Scientists helped change our ideas about how Brain and Skill Development proceeds. Psychologists who studied children from the 1920s has published what has become one of the most influential and respected theories of learning. They believed that children gain knowledge by exploring their surroundings and trying to make sense of the world. They also observed that most children learn in predictable stages of development that occur at about the same age.

Scientists broke these stages Brain and Skill Development into a series of four schemas, or basic units of knowledge, that serve as building blocks for understanding.


Here’s a brief rundown of those four stages:

Stage 1 (By Birth to age 2)-Sensorimotor Stage.

Infants use their senses to inspect the world and begin to see a distinction between themselves and other objects. They have no concept of “Object Permanence”. When their mother or anyone else disappears from sight, the infant believes that person is gone forever.

Stage 2 (ages 2-7) – Pre-Operational Stage.

This is where children begin to acquire language, use mental images and symbols, and understand simple rules. They see the world only from their perspective. For example, if they cover their faces and cannot see others, they still believe that means others cannot see them.

Stage 3 (ages 7-11) – Concrete Operations Stage.

At this stage, children distinguish between fantasy and reality. They become more logical, less egocentric. They can concentrate and solve problems better and begin to understand the relation between time, distance, and speed, as well as other rules that govern the world.

Stage 4 (ages 11-adult) – Formal Operations Stage.

Stage focuses on the child’s growing ability to deal with abstract ideas, understand ethical principles, and reason about rules and regulations.

Each of the four stages is characterized by increasingly sophisticated and abstract levels of thought. Your child navigates through each stage by questioning and investigating everything around him. He moves to the next stage by building on what was learned in the previous stage.

Progression through these stages is not automatic nor is it guaranteed, simply by growing older. Some studies show that only 40 to 60 percent of the students and adults fully achieve Stage 4 maturity. In many developing countries, educators believe even larger percentages of the population never reach this ability to reason and entertain abstractions.


How children interact with the world

Popular scientists and other prominent educators now agree upon is that how much children really learn at each stage depends on their active involvement with their parents and their surroundings. Children are like little scientists, constantly testing their theories of how the world works by interacting with the world they are exposed to. They are building their world view, step by step.

Children will proceed to a full understanding of the world faster and more effortlessly if they receive from their parents both encouragement and autonomy. Children need the freedom to wander, as well as the sense of security that comes from knowing that their parents will be there when they return to share the excitement of their latest discovery.

 

 

skill development 02Make your children do right activities like Abacus, Brain Gym Exercises. Provide them with a rich habitat, give them the freedom to venture forth, and be there to listen when they come back to tell you what they have discovered. Children learn about the world through natural play. By manipulating everyday objects, they begin to understand how things operate and why things happen the way they do. Children are naturally curious and motivated to explore. If the materials are there, they will use them.

For children, mastering an object is its own reward. With mastery, they also gain a feeling of competence and self-esteem. For example: when your child learns he can pour water from a pitcher into a glass.  They feel happy, effective and competent individuals. That is a far greater motivation than fear of punishment or the fear of failure that accompanies anxiety.

Furthermore, children learn faster and retain the information better when they do Abacus and Brain Gym Exercises. They use both left and right brains. So it is best for parents and teachers to present new exercises or information using more than one of the senses, whenever possible. For example: when playing a game, you might want to call attention to sights as well as sounds, or allow your child to experience the scent of an object as well as its feel.

We often find that in midlife, we return to the hobbies of our childhood. We play with clay, draw, and take up our old musical instruments. We don’t do it because we are great artists or musicians. We do it for the sheer joy of it. The powerful smells, sounds, sights and feelings we remember from those happy days when we first learned just for the fun of it.

Summer camp 2018 in Al Karama

Summer Camp 2018 in Al Karama


Beyond our regular classes we provide specific themed camps that focus on Holistic Development of children. Mindbuilder’s Summer Camp 2018 in Al Karama Dubai has proven to be the perfect mix of fun and education. Mind Builder delivers an environment where your children can acquire knowledge through participation and understanding through exploration. We provide a range of activities which have been designed for children between the ages of three and fourteen. Our Summer Camp augment children’s thought process, spark their quest for knowledge, construct individuality and social understanding.


Summer Camp 2018

Mind Builder Summer Camp 2018 gives an opportunity to students meet people from multicultural backgrounds, improve their skills and develop open mindedness.

Our program supports classroom education with learning delivered through high energy activity experiences. We offer classes for Brain/Skill Development, Arts, Painting, Handwriting Improvement, Music-Vocal & Instrumental, Dance, Chess, Personality Development, Public Speaking, Story Time, Fun Maths and Talent Show to encourage young children to explore the activities they like best. Summer Camp-2018 will start from last week of June-2018.

Art and Crafts

Art & Crafts course allows children to find their creative niche. Children will be exposed to different art workshops like basic sketching, charcoal painting, abstract painting, water-color painting, acrylic painting, oil painting, basic clay modeling, Terracotta modeling and 3D Art. Furthermore, children will enjoy art at the same time learn valuable skills that they can apply to their daily lives.

Summercamp 2018 Karama - Art and Craft Course

 

This summer, experience the sheer joy of creating and appreciating art with Summer Camp 2018. Explore different eras and styles of art, learn creative writing skills, discover abstract patterns and optical illusions, recreate the genius of famous painters, create unique clay forms and have fun with origami, crafts and printmaking.

Weekly themes and artist-based days will keep the fun and excitement rolling, as children discover their own potential and develop new artistic skills and techniques. The camp offers a holistic and enriching experience for all.

Music Classes

Summercamp 2018 Karama - Art and Craft CourseMusic Classes provides beginners, intermediate and even advanced players with instruction that is comprehensive and focused. Students learn theoretical tools and practical skills to heighten the enjoyment of music and enable them to compose short pieces.

At the Summer Camp, the instructional focus will be on developing the student as an overall musician and building good technique.  Students will receive instruction in music theory, keyboard literature, observe the instruments, have regular practice time.  The camp will conclude with a recital which all students will be able to understand Music and perform.

Dance Classes

Summercamp 2018 Karama - Dance ClassesDance Classes offers classes taught by a professional teaching faculty. While the objective is to train a lifelong dancer, individual goals range from health maintenance, improvement of self-esteem and social skills development. Classes include a variety of dance forms and are open to students of all needs and levels.

Its time to get your kids active doing something they love! Summer Camp Dance Classes give an opportunity to learn new techniques and moves. There will also be a different theme for every class. Also, at the end of the camp there will be a dance show to show their talent.

Personality Development Program

Summercamp 2a018 Karama - Personality Development ProgramPersonality Development Program develops the stability of emotions in a child. It also enhances their memory, concentration, develops logical thinking and builds their confidence level. Overall development of the personality of a child is very crucial to have a stress free life. Personality development among child and adolescents decides the future adults.

Our Summer Camp Public Speaking Classes focuses on all behavioral and emotional aspects of a child and modifies them by appropriate and suitable skills training. It develops confidence and the knowledge about public speaking.

Maths Course

Maths Course is designed to develop Mathematical Skills, Mental Ability, Calculation Speed, Mathematical Aptitudes, Scientific Knowledge, Logical & Reasoning Skills, Problem Solving Skills, Critical Accuracy of a child and Application of Short-cut methods. Course prepares students for future competitive exams while they are studying in schools to take early lead.

These courses focus strongly on development of Intelligent Quotient (IQ), competitive Quotient (CQ) Emotional Quotient (EQ) So that each student achieve success in schools exams as well as success in various Olympiads & Talent Examinations.

Our Summer Camp Fun Maths Course will help children to learn shortcut techniques of math, logical reasoning test tips and develops their Understanding and Application skills.

Abacus and Brain Gym program

Summercamp 2018 Karama - Abacus and Brain Gym ClassesAbacus and Brain Gym program is a system of education that maximizes the potential of the child’s brain. The process of learning abacus methodology is known as Mental Arithmetic. Working on abacus optimizes and integrates the functions of the left and the right brain during the early years.

Our Summer Camp Abacus and Brain Gym Classes encourage the use of left and the right brain, improves Memory, Concentration, Visualization and Logical Understanding.

Karate Classes

Karate Classes encourage you to challenge your physical and mental capabilities, promotes healthy life style, builds confidence, positive attitude, discipline, dedication, concentration, motivation and strength of character. Classes are disciplined yet fun, allowing the students to experience the enriching benefits of karate while learning and developing skills at their own pace.

Summer Camp Karate Classes provides learning the art of self-defense, getting disciplined, and becoming strong with lots of fun.

Chess Classes

Summercamp 2018 Karama - Chess ClassesChess Classes are a valuable educational tool that helps teach children the important lessons including problem solving, critical thinking, sportsmanship, patience and goal setting.

Summer Camp Chess Classes are the perfect way to introduce the game of chess to new students, deepen understanding of the game for established players by emphasizing the fundamental skills needed to begin a lifetime of learning in chess.

Summer Camp 2018 gives an opportunity to students meet people from multicultural backgrounds,

improve their skills and develop open mindedness. Our program supports classroom education with learning delivered through high energy activity experiences. Mind Builder is a safe and learning-focused work space for young children. Students will be trained by our talented, energetic, experienced staff, and build valuable life and career skills.

For more details please feel free to contact us on 052-166-0280 and 04 2578184 (AL Nahda), (+97152) 166-0276, 166-0277 (Al Karama).

Kindly Register to avail benefit of early bird discounts.

 

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Summer Camp 2017 at Mindbuilder – Barsha


Summer Camp provided a wonderful opportunity to children to participate in fun activities, make new friends, learn about things that are not in textbooks and develop well-rounded personalities.

Here is the list of summer camp activities children participated in:


Art and Craft activities

Art & Craft activities included sketching, oil/acrylic/water colors, calligraphy, face painting. Activities developed self-expression, improved concentration, refined motor skills and channelized their energy in a positive direction. Children are encouraged to enjoy experimenting and creating new dimension to art.

Music Classes activities

Music Classes Music classes helped in developing vocal skills. Children learnt to play all kinds of age-appropriate instruments. They learned to recognize and decode musical symbols, and they’re introduced to musical concepts and terms. Classes encouraged problem solving, symbolic thinking and reasoning skills.

Dance Classes activities

Dance classes educated and empowered children with knowledge of various dance styles, the fundamentals of dance technique, aspects of musical theatre and stage performance. It helped students to de-stress, stay active, improve posture and developed a confident, well-rounded personality. The complete Dance classes experience enabled students to overcome stage fright, become more confident, improve team spirit and feel a great sense of achievement.

Personality Development Classes

Personality Development Classes developed clear & effective Communication Skills, Public Speaking Skills and groomed personality to face all kinds of challenges in life. It developed children’s body language, confidence, strengths, eye contact, physical appearance, voice in discussions and message to be conveyed.

Fun Maths Classes

Fun Maths developed children’s key math skills. From easy, hands-on math activities to more advanced games and puzzles are covered. Learning math became more interesting, lively and full of fun.

Chess Classes

Chess Classes improved the learning, thinking, analytical power, and decision-making ability of the child. Improved the self-confidence, memory skills,  of the child and concentration which are extremely essential for the child’s growth and academic performance of the child.

Karate Classes

Safety of kids, when they are alone, is the primary concern of parents. Karate Classes made our kids capable of defending themselves against the odds. Training made children disciplined and focused to a goal. Gradually developed the behavioral traits of sincerity & dedication that improve the overall performance of a child in academic activities

Abacus and Brain Gym Program

Abacus and Brain Gym program  developed an ability to utilize the left and right brain among the Children. It improved Visualization skills, Concentration skills, Analytical Skills, Numerical Skills and Calculation speed.