Health and fitness are areas that we have started getting more serious about, not just for us but for our children too. The term “fitness” must ideally be a combination of physical and mental health. As parents, we try to incorporate physical activities and de-stressors such as yoga in our children’s schedules. What are the ways in which you could stimulate their minds equally as well? A conventional classroom might utilize the left side of the brain that contains the centers for speech, writing and analytical thinking. The right side is also known as the creative side and contains the … Continue reading
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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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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Concentration is Crucial A child’s attention span is a very important factor in the learning process. The amount of time a child spends listening and understanding the teacher affects how much he or she has taken from the lesson. Hyperactivity is one of the biggest enemies of good concentration the other is the environment. If a child is not in the mood for studying, he or she will sit idly and daydream or talk and disrupt the rest of the class. A short attention span has little to do with your child and more to do with their surroundings. A … Continue reading
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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 -
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?
Roman Abacus -
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!
This is the version of the Abacus used by the Chinese. It has been in use since the 2nd century 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.aloha-usa.com/
How easy was it for you to mentally calculate if a number was divisible by 4? Was it simple enough for you convert kilos to pounds, decimals to equivalents of fractions or convert kilometers to miles on your fingertips? All this and many more calculations were simplified with tricks and trades of mental arithmetic Mental arithmetic for kids surely makes learning fun. It has numerous benefits to start with Memory enhancement as the concepts helps to improve intelligence. Sharpening of their memory due to fast computations they will have to do. Most important through steady practice, your kid will learn … Continue reading
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Should children watch television? If yes what and for how much time they should watch? Parents commonly face these and many such questions as their children grow up. Today television plays both a negative and positive role in a child’s life. It can be entertaining as well as educational. For Preschoolers watching television can help them learn alphabets and how they sound on public television, for kids in grade school can learn about wildlife on nature shows, and parents can keep up with current events on the evening news. The various travel shows and quiz shows improves a child’s knowledge … Continue reading
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G.H. Hardy’s excellent description:” A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas”. Mathematics is rarely seen as a form of art but I strongly believe and classify it as an form of art . It is all about imaginations, possibilities and playing with numbers to get a desired result just like any artist does if he is a painter with his canvas or if he is musician with his notes. You can improve a child’s mathematical understanding by using an … Continue reading
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Reading to your children every day is one of the most important things a parent can do. Not only you spend quality time with you children but also cultivate into them a habit which is a multidimensional process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation. “Kindergarten and first grade lay the foundation for how kids feel about books throughout their education,” says Annemarie B. Jay, Ph.D., director of graduate and doctoral reading programs at Widener University, in Chester, Pennsylvania. As a kid I used to dread reading a book merely by just looking at the thickness of the book. Have you … Continue reading
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