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MENTAL MATH
PROGRAM
Megamind Abacus
Abacus Mental Math program teaches students to correctly calculate math problems in their head without the need for a pencil and paper or even a calculator. A majority of math problems require a sound knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills and the ability to master these operations mentally, allows the students to grasp the concepts and eliminate their fear of mathematics.
Megamind Learning Centre provides Abacus Mental Math classes for children aged between 4 to 13 years. The brain is still growing in this age-range and children are able to grasp, learn, and adapt with ease.
It Starts with the Abacus
The Abacus is a popular tool that was developed in Ancient China around 500 B.C. for assistance in counting and calculations. The device became very common all over China by 1300 A.D. and is still used today by people all over the world for building the foundations of mental math.
Despite its Chinese origins, the term “abacus” is a Latin-derived word that came from the Greek words “abax’ or “abakon”, which translates to table or tablet. The abacus was first developed as a tool to help people count before numbers were invented. Initially, fingers were used for counting, but this obviously had its limitations because we only have ten fingers. Therefore, the abacus was invented to help people count large numbers.
The early abacus was simply a counting board made from a piece of wood, metal or stone with carved out or painted lines. Between these lines, beads, pebbles or sometimes, metal discs were inserted and could be moved along the lines, thus ideal for counting. On the other hand, the modern abacus is usually made from wood or plastic and has rods that hold slidable beads.
Here’s What You Need to Know About this Program:
  • This program is designed for students ranging from the ages of 4 to 13 years. Their brain is flexible and will adapt easily.
  • This program and a good knowledge of how the Abacus works helps the students develop a solid foundation and an affinity for conceptual mathematics.
  • Learning how to use the Abacus can promote a positive attitude towards math in general. They’re more excited to learn different mathematical concepts and are better able to understand them.
When children attend Abacus Mental Math classes from a young age, they train their minds to do math calculations quickly and accurately without needing the assistance of any tool. This helps keep them mentally active and alert, and will even help their overall academic performance, especially in math classes.
Benefits
If you enroll your child with us at Megamind Learning Centre for Abacus Mental Math, you are likely to see the following improvements in your child:
  • Improved self-discipline and control
  • Improved focus and concentration as well as better memory
  • Increased trust and confidence in their own mathematical abilities
  • Acquisition of excellent problem-solving skills in general, not just for math problems
  • Enhanced creativity
With Abacus Mental Math, students from ages 4 to 13 can learn a different and refreshing approach towards mathematical concepts, thus helping them build a strong foundation.
Why Choose Us?
  • Our educators will focus on making learning fun for children.
  • Our classes have a low teacher to student ratio so students receive more attention and guidance from teachers.
  • We focus on developing good study habits and maintain a reasonable pace with the coursework.
If you want to know more about our Mental Math program here at MegaMind Learning Centre, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
FAQ
WHAT IS AN ABACUS?
Abacus is the oldest computer. It is a bead-based calculator and is considered to be a useful tool for learning mental math skills as well as brain development in early young children.
WHAT IS ABACUS MENTAL MATH?
Abacus mental math uses Abacus as a manipulative to perform arithmetic operations. A child who has learned abacus techniques can handle series of about five digit numbers using the four basic operations of mathematics i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And all this is done mentally, without using a calculator.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO START THIS PROGRAM?
The right age to start this program is usually about five years when the child can write numbers up to 10 and recognize numbers up to 20.
WHY IS THIS PROGRAM ONLY FOR CHILDREN IN THE AGE GROUP OF 4 TO 13 YEARS?
Numerous studies have shown that majority of the human brain development takes place till the age of 13 years. Constant practicing on an abacus stimulates the growth of brain cells to sharpen the mental formation for a child and enhances the coordination between eyes, ears, and hands through multisensory teaching.
MY CHILD IS IN GRADE 5. IS IT TOO LATE TO JOIN THIS PROGRAM?
It is never too late to get all the benefits associated with this program. The skills learned through logic stay with them throughout their life.
HOW MANY CLASSES ARE CONDUCTED IN A WEEK?
A two hour class is conducted once in a week. The batch timings are such that they do not clash with the school timings.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS IN THE PROGRAM?
There are 10 levels for children in the age group of 4-6 years. For children 7 years and up, there are 8 levels.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF EACH LEVEL?
Each level takes an estimated 3 months to complete.
DO YOU ALSO CONDUCT COMPETITIONS?
Yes, we do conduct annual Abacus competitions.
WHEN DOES MY CHILD GET PROMOTED TO THE NEXT LEVEL? ARE ANY CERTIFICATES GIVEN?
An assessment is conducted at the end of every level. On successful completion of the level , the child will be promoted to the next level and a certificate of successful completion is awarded.
More Benefits
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STARTING EARLY?
Besides all the advantages related to brain development, by starting this program at a very young age, the child can grasp the concepts of arithmetic calculation early, and the child will be ready for a math level higher than their grade level.
DOES MY CHILD BENEFIT IF THEY START LATE?
All children take the same amount of time to learn the fundamental abacus techniques; the older kids can jump to higher levels much quicker later onwards and can compensate for the late start of this program while getting the same lifelong benefits of this program.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN MENTAL MATH?
Our Mental Math program is a very structured program. There are eight levels in all, and each level takes an estimated three months to complete. A lot of parents may observe improvement in math performance after completion of Level 2, but it takes at least two years for the program to complete and receive all the permanent benefits associated with this program.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM HELP SCHOOL WORK?
Children learn numbers by counting on their fingers, and it becomes very challenging to comprehend the numbers beyond the number 10. Abacus helps children overcome this problem by presenting the numbers and their relationships as concrete beads instead of the abstract method used for regular mathematics.

Performing mental calculations assist in enhancing the memory and improve the concentration of the child. Speed writing improves the reflexes of the child which helps them respond to the problems promptly, whereas oral calculations make the child an attentive listener. This program uses the multisensory techniques which involve coordination of visual (eyes), auditory (ears), kinesthetic (motor memory), and tactile (hands) senses to learn. This kind of multisensory teaching has been found to be very effective for students with learning disabilities too. Overall, the abacus training provides assistance in making the child more confident and focused in the school.
DOES MY CHILD IMPROVE OTHER SUBJECTS TOO?
The child shows remarkable improvement in all the subjects including mathematics. The concept of thinking in pictures leads to better understanding and enhanced memory, which is the basis for all academic studies. The use of Abacus as a manipulative deepens and extend students understanding of mathematical concepts, and we have numerous testimonials from parents highlighting their experiences on how the children have acquired a positive attitude towards mathematics and applied their knowledge in other curriculum areas, including science and language.
WILL THIS CAUSE CONFUSION WITH SCHOOL MATH?
Abacus is a tool which uses mental math techniques to solve simple to complex arithmetic calculations without using a calculator. Therefore it can be considered as just another math manipulative. In fact, Elementary School Curriculum also recognizes the importance of the use of manipulatives for supporting the effective learning of mathematics by all students and highlights the role of Abacus as an example in building a strong conceptual understanding of place values.
DOES THIS WITH SCHOOL MATH?
Children who find difficulty in following the traditional method used in school to teach math are the ones who benefit the most out of this program if they are committed to this program by being regular in their homework. The concept of converting numbers into pictures helps them understand and perform math skills better, thereby helping them improve their grades in school.
DO A+ STUDENTS IN MATH NEED THE PROGRAM?
For a child who excels in school math, the Mental Math program helps them work faster on more complicated Math operations with greater accuracy, thereby bringing out the genius within them
DOES MY CHILD GET HOMEWORK?
Yes, the children are expected to complete their homework which they get after each class. Regular practice ensures timely completion of each level.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM ANY MATH PROGRAM?
Megamind Mental Math provides an interesting method of learning Math by beads which utilize logic rather than boring and repetitive work sheets offered by other schools.