IMA Programme Introduction
The Chinese abacus has five-thousand-year cultural history.It is known as the fifth great invention and a valuable cultural heritage. According to the document, the first abacus was introduced to Japan from China in the 16th century. After studying the tool for 400 years, Japan has improved and revolutionized the Soroban (Abacus) to what we use today. Simultaneously, abacus has also been introduced and become popular in Korea, India, America, and other Southern Asia countries. In a word, the invention of abacus contributed greatly to the development of culture, economy and scientific technology.
Many of us are aware of the fact that human ability and wisdom are determined by three factors: inheritance, environment and education. It is therefore vital to attach importance to a child's inborn factor, environment in his later years and the influence through education if he is to be nurtured and to become a highly intelligent person. It is also important not to be indifferent towards a child's early education which is the major channel to develop mental power. On the growth of human's mental brain cells, many education researchers and physiologists are of the opinion that a child's brain cells will be 70% developed upon reaching the age of three (3), and 100% developed from the age of four (4) to twelve (12). This speaks volumes for the importance of a child's early education and mental development.
Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic (IMA) programme enables a child to develop both his left and right brains by adopting "Both-Hand Abacus Mental-Arithmetic" teaching method. Through the lessons learnt, the children will be able to build up their self-confidence and concentration during examinations and in any form of competitions. They will become self-motivated; will fall in love with their studies instead of being sluggish or negligent; will be more attentive and absorbed instead of being careless; and will be highly self-confidence instead of lowly self-esteemed.
According to a scientific study, the so-called "child prodigy" is but a common individual who happens to have been developed an earlier and better mental faculty. Since most children have not been able to receive the beneficial early education and therefore have under-utilized their brains to attain a desirable level which should have been achieved if they did. The exclamation of "child prodigy" is in fact an expression towards a child who has unusual or remarkable mental abilities.
Parents and guardians of the family, who are concerned with the future of their children, should therefore pay close attention to the development of mental faculty of the young ones, especially in the field of creative potentials. They should also cultivate the children to have a strong sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge; train them to involve themselves in a variety of interests and propel them to reach the self-study stage sooner in order to become a person with wide learning and innovation in this contemporary age. Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic (IMA) adopts "Both-Hand Abacus Mental-Arithmetic" teaching method. By using the left and right hands to compute at the same time, it will produce stimulating effect for those who normally under utilize their right brain. For the schooling children, the method will be of great help to them in their ability and capability of calculation, response, concentration and memory, which in turn assist them to balance their brain power and strengthen the function of both their left and right brains.
The training programme will also provide regular hours to further strengthen the brain power of the children so as to enable them to master the multi-digit calculations without depending on the abacus.
The latest teaching method of the Mental-Arithmetic is taught by using "New Era Abacus" and the application of "Non- Formula", "Hidden Skill", "Flash Cards" and "Digital Practice", the learning speed of which is 6 times faster than the traditional one. With these innovative methods, children will be able to master the art of mental-arithmetic in a more relaxed environment without having to deal with any formula.