An Active Numerical & Image Processing Training of our brains using Abacus and subsequently imaginary beads of Abacus to process arithmetic calculation which sought to improve the development of left & right hemispheres of the brain. This system is totally unique and different from the normal method of teaching Arithmetic. Numbers are counted by moving the beads on the Abacus.
The Abacus is used to teach the children, where they use both the hands to manipulate the beads. In initial stages, they take the help of the Abacus to work out the problems. Gradually, the Abacus is taken away and the child performs the manipulation of beads mentally. This enables them to achieve a high level of speed, accuracy and concentration. Any Arithmetic calculation can be arrived within a few seconds/minutes over a period of regular education & training.
The system is very simple which needs only 10-20 minutes of practice daily and does not affect other Academic education. On the contrary, it supplements the improvement of career education.
More than arithmetic
Many people often assume that learning mental arithmetic is merely a method to improve the speed and accuracy of calculations, for example, adding 10-digit numbers within a few seconds. By itself, it is already an amazing accomplishment for most young children. However, there is more to this because when the children are learning U C MAS Mental Arithmetic, they are actually also undergoing the process developing other aspects of the mind. When the children have acquired an astonishing calculation speed, it is actually only the end result of having developed the following mental abilities: concentration, observation, visualization & imagination, and memory
Concentration is the concentrated and directed attention towards a particular matter with clear reflection that creates a deep image and mental impression. An enhanced concentration leads to better absorption power. Studying will then be a joyful thlng for these children. In the abacus and mental arithmetic education children will be trained to concentrate when listening to the teachers questions (that ranges from easy to difficult) and then focus on calculating the answers as accurately as possible.
Observation is the ability to compare and analyses and differentiate objects, motives and steps. It is also a state of alertness and swiftness of the mind and senses. This comes from the need to understand the theoretical requirements of each calculation and at the same time be aware of the time, and promptings from the teachers.
Visualization and Imagination
By using the imagination of the right brain to visualize the abacus in mind, inevitably the powers of visualization would become sharp and clear. Albert Einstein believes that the imagination is important than knowledge, because imagination is the main source of yet-to-be-discovered knowledge.
Memory is the ability to store and retrieve information and experiences. It has been found that memory in the left brain would not stay long, but an image that is recorded in the right brain would stay on in the mind forever. By stimulating the right brain with mental arithmetic, and in combination with the alertness of the eyes, ears and hands, the ability to store and recall is developed together.
Therefore, the ability to solve 10-digits arithmetic problems in only a few seconds is only a small success in comparison to the actual mental training that has been done in order to achieve the skill to perform rapid calculations.
Lessons are structured in term or level wise; each term consists of 24 hours training spread into 12 classes generally held in 3 months period. A child has to attend at least one class for duration of 2 hours every week. At the end of each term an assessment will be held, based on the child’s performance he/she qualifies for next term. The whole course is spread into 10 terms, with a maximum covering time of 30 months.
UCMAS Mental Arithmetic program starts with the basic foundation course wherein the concept, methodology, usage of Abacus, its beads and methodical finger movements are introduced. Thereafter, the course progresses to more complex levels. At an advance phase, the abacus is withdrawn from the child, by the time they have accomplished to visualize an 'Imaginary Abacus' in their brain to perform different types of mathematical calculations, mentally. Such a method facilitates clarity of thought, imagination, concentration, photographic memory and the ability to think better. These unique training techniques are very simple enabling children to develop their latent mental power without any sort of extremes on their brain.
UCMAS is not a system parallel to School Curriculum but complements it. However, UCMAS course material and training methodology is carefully prepared by highly qualified and experienced faculty based in Malaysia and is well accepted by education experts worldwide.