IMA EDUCATION GOALS
- Provide accelerated and enriched Training Programs
- Provide and train children to apply their Imagination power
- Improve their "Image in Brain"
- Developing their right brain
- Exploring their Intelligence in the early stage
- Train to achieve concentration of mind
- Improve their memory power
- Improve reasoning, judgment and application power
- Improve the ability of calculation
- Improve rapid and accurate living habits
- Encourage their creativity
The INTELLIGENT Mental-Arithmetic education programme builds the ability to calculate fast and accurately. Learners are guided to use his mental ability fully. This programme will stimulate both portions of the brain, hence allowing the right brain development itself to be flexible and to think even more effectively.
As the consciousness of numbers is gradually developed in children from one and a half to two years old, concrete items should further strengthen it, so that they know their association. At this stage, concrete items work as "teaching aids". Through constant exploration, practice and tries, children get the concept of numbers. The process goes from the concrete, semi-concrete to total abstract. The learning of abacus helps the understanding of natural science because it has concrete string of balls to help thinking. "The elevation of abacus" means the ability to calculate by concrete balls to the invisible, imagery or formal calculation, which then reaches the level of mental-arithmetic. The learning of abacus has the same process as Piaget's and Burner's cognitive theory, which emphasizes the mental development from the concrete to the conceptual, formal and symbolic.
Obviously, Burner's theory, which also emphasizes the gradual development of intellect, is deeply influenced by Piaget's stage theory. That is, comprehension and assimilation of knowledge are most important in every stage of learning. Human wisdom and potentiality can keep growing without the limit of age. In other words, it is environment that will either slow down or expedite the development of intellect.
The so - called 'readiness' of learning does not totally rely on physical maturity. Therefore, teachers should not waste time in waiting for the biological maturity. When children are equipped with certain knowledge, it is a great opportunity to lead them into another stage of learning. Bruner therefore advocates the early inspiration of wisdom and learning, which helps unearth talent, shortens the unnecessary time of learning and accomplishes the learning goal. It is indeed exhilarating for the educators to see the wide support of Abacus and Mental-Arithmetic, which contributes a lot to the development of intellect.