Yoga for Kids – How It Can Help Your Child

Yoga came into vogue in the last couple of decades, and has been popular as a form of exercise for a while now. Some of you might be surprised to hear that it is not just adults who can benefit from Yoga, but children as well. If you’re wondering whether you need to go and start looking for that neighborhood Kids’ Yoga class, read on:

Fitness: Other than the physical activity that children get from the playground and gym activities at school, they could be introduced to a refreshing way of getting fit through yoga. It would help in improving flexibility and muscular strength through the specific poses, when taught by an experienced instructor.

That looks like fun! Pic source:

That looks like fun! Pic source:

Calming influence: Pranayama and other yoga techniques could be very useful for kids to deal with the stress they face in their daily lives. It would definitely help calm their minds and improve concentration and attention levels when at school as well.

Teaches self-control: A regular practice of Yoga could help with teaching aspects of discipline and self-control to kids, to help them deal with their challenges related to fitness and even with behavioral issues.

Helps special needs kids: It is important to note that Yoga has been known to help children with special needs too. This is because it helps them ease anxiety levels, while teaching aspects of discipline.

It is important to find the right yoga instructor, so that your child enjoys the class and is not bored with just learning to strike one pose after another. Yoga sessions for children can be very interactive and a great experience for your child, to make him or her want to go back every time.

About ALOHA Mind Math

ALOHA Mind Math has been guiding children between the ages of five through 12 years to achieve academic excellence since 2007. The interactive learning process is proven to enhance a child’s math, reading and writing capabilities. The teachers also assist children in developing skills and abilities such as observation and listening that result in the overall growth of the child.

ALOHA Mind Math is currently training children all over the United States of America with more than 150 centers. For more details on this unique program, please visit or search for the center closest to you by using our locator

Seven Ways to Keep Your Kids Brain Fit

Mind Over Body Exercising your body is one thing and your mind is another. It’s important that your kid’s brain gets a good workout, so that it can function at an optimal level. In this blog, you’ll be able to pick up a few ways that you can keep your kid’s brain healthy. Kids of the age group five to 12 tend to be very active and alert; you can use their hyperactivity as an advantage to keep their minds in good shape.   The Steps to a Fit Brain Here are seven ways you can try to keep your … Continue reading

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Early Learning – A Step to Success

In our last newsletter, we discussed early learning and how it’s beneficial for kids to start as early as possible. This week we’re looking deeper into early childhood education. The Facts According to the Chicago Longitudinal Study that was conducted by the University of Minnesota, kids who attended an early childhood education program were 29% more likely to graduate high school than those who did not attend one. Kids are most impressionable during the first eight years of their life; their minds are like a sponge that absorb information at a rapid pace. It is also the time when kids … Continue reading

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Abacus, the oldest calculator

Using a tool to do math and transact business has been around since 2700 BC in the Mesopatamia region. Also called a counting frame, the Abacus, is the oldest calculator in existence.  Our article today will discuss the various types of abaci and why we have selected the one we use at ALOHA.

Abacus, the oldest calculator

One uses an abacus for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  It is used by manually sliding counters along rods bound by a frame, hence the name, counting frame.  The beauty of a device like this is that it helps students with learning a basic number system, borrowing and carrying numbers, combinations of five and ten, and visualization of math and mental calculations. One of the additional benefits of an abacus is that it can be used by visually impaired individuals.

sumerian abacus

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created in the 2700-2300 BC time period in Mesapotamia area.  This is the oldest form of the counting device.  The image to the right represents this type of abacus in the form of a clock.  It is also referred to as a sexigesimal system that has a 60 count platform.  That could be why it works so well with our current time keeping practices. Could you imagine wearing this on your wrist?


Reconstruction of a Roman Abacus, made by the ...

Reconstruction of a Roman Abacus – RGZ Museum in Mainz, 1977 The bronze original is at Bibliothèque nationale de France – Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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was really more of a table with three different types called the dust abacus, the line abacus and the grooved abacus.  Imagine trying to do division with Roman numerals. For example the number 1943 would be MCMXLIII. Now divide that by LXVII and you get what? XXVIIII. That takes a great deal of thinking for me!


Suanpan -

This is the version of the Abacus used by the Chinese. It has been in use since the 2nd 14401557_lcentury BC. The appearance is frame construction with 2 beads on each row above a dividing bar with 5 beads below.  The Suanpan allows for the basic arithmetic functions along with square root and cube root function.


Russian AbacusRussian abacus

The Schoty is what the Russians call their abacus. There are 10 beads on each rod.  Calculations are performed by moving all the beads from the right side to the left side. Each wire has 10 beads on bowed wires. The row with the 4 beads is used for quarters of a “kopek” or “ruble”. These abaci were used regularly in Russia until the 1990′s.  There is a version used in many Western countries similar to the Russian Schoty.

Soroban Abacus –  Soroban Abacus

The photo to the right is an example of a Japanese abacus. It features one bead at the top and either 4 or 5 beads below.  The Japanese abacus is named a Soroban. The Soroban has an odd number of columns. Typically there are a minimum of 9 columns denoted with a dot every three columns. Using visual imagery of a soroban, one can arrive at the answer in the same time as, or even faster than, is possible with a physical instrument.  There is a great correlation to mental imagery of this abacus. We use the Soroban Abacus for our ALOHA programs.


10 Reasons Why We Need Math

So often as parents, you tell your children to study because they would rather be doing anything else. Here are 10 reasons why they should study to be able to use their MATH skills: Math helps you figure out if you have enough money to buy the newest (insert toy, game, or electronic device of choice). Remember they must add tax at xx% of the cost. Math helps you figure out how to use a recipe for cooking or baking, whether you need to double or halve a recipe to serve more or less people for which the recipe was … Continue reading

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Math Can Be Fun – Aloha Mind Math USA

Math is everywhere. At home, work, school and play. Some children grow up with an aversion to the subject of mathematics; this may be due to the fact that they are forced to learn something without really understanding the concept of the subject. Math is an interesting subject and has to be taught the right way. A young child starts to understand the concept of numbers as young as three years of age. They use math in their everyday life is so many ways. Math is everywhere. And it is easy to develop an affinity to the subject and incorporate math day to day life, if it is taught in a fun way.

Take these pointers to make Math fun and interesting for your child:

Games & Activities

An abacus is a great tool to teach Math. Expose your kids to play with educational toys and games. Building blocks, Jigsaw puzzles, Rubik’s cubes, toys that involve moving parts around and fitting objects together help develop spatial reasoning. This in turn builds the foundation for mathematical understanding.

Math in the Kitchen

Involve your child in the kitchen and assign her the responsibility of a chef. Teach them to measure ingredients while cooking and they will learn ratios and proportions. Not only will they learn to cook, but will understand the everyday math behind it.

Watch & Play Sports

Help your child develop an interest in sports. It could be any sport that the child may take a liking to. Encourage your child to keep score of the game, count the number of players, and tally points.

Shopping is Fun

Take your child to the grocery store or a mall when there is a sale and ask them how to calculate discounts and percentages. You can also allocate a budget to your child and ask them to make purchases accordingly.

Going Out

When the family goes out to have a meal and the bill arrives, ask your child to calculate the totals on the bill, including the tip. This will not only teach the child math, but will also get the family to spend quality time together.


Walking, jogging or running is a great way to teach your child about distances. So if you have walked 1mile in 15 minutes, your child will learn to correlate distances vs. time. And this will give you both a good healthy workout too.

Math can be loads of fun, so go ahead and encourage your child to love the subject.

At ALOHA we have learning programs that enhance the overall learning development of your child. Visit our website for further information

TIMEXTABLES November 2012 – Thanksgiving Edition

Timextables is our monthly newsletter celebrating Arithmetic, Math and Knowledge. This edition has has some news about our latest sign ups and a great Thanksgiving recipe for kids. Check out the pdf version at Check out our website for further details about our after-school learning programs

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TIMEXTABLES January 2013 – Did you check out our new website?

Timextables is our monthly newsletter celebrating Arithmetic, Math and Knowledge. This edition has has some great educational app recommendations and information about the upcoming ALOHA Math Olympiad. Check out the pdf version at Check out our website for further details about our after-school learning programs  

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TIMEXTABLES December 2012 – 150th ALOHA location

Here is the Holiday edition of the newsletter, we are happy to announce the signing of our 150th location in the US. Check out the pdf version of the newsletter at Check out our website for further information about our after-school learning programs

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Why Math may be one of the basic building blocks for success – Aloha Mind Math

Study of Study

As parents, if you are asked about what skills you think are necessary for your child’s success, you might be inclined to pick Math over even social skills, says this article. Math might win by a small margin according to these polls, but most of us are aware that it is definitely one of the basic building blocks of our child’s education. Here are some reasons to understand why: Forms a basis: Math is a fundamental need for nearly all parts of our lives – from counting the number of steps in our staircase, to shopping for groceries – it is definitely … Continue reading

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