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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Attention Span is the Key to Effective Learning

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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ALOHA Parent and Student Testimonials – Schaumburg, IL

Parent & Student Testimonials

Following are ALOHA Parent & Student Testimonials – Spring 2014.  We surveyed some of our students and their parents about the programs we offer at ALOHA and this is a group of the testimonials we received from one family and their instructor.

Labdhi Jain
Parents – Sejal & Manish Jain
Schaumburg, Illinois – Ugandhar Mukkamala, ownerSMLabdhi(Aloha)

ALOHA was a thrilling experience! I really enjoyed everything throughout ALOHA. Before I started ALOHA, I didn’t feel as confident in school, and I wasn’t even fast in math. But now, I can’t believe I am this fast! While I was doing ALOHA, I felt my capacity of everything, physical, mental, incoming knowledge, etc. kept increasing. ALOHA made it easier for me to think broadly. It also helped me develop the right side of my brain. ALOHA has helped me to do my assignments fast, easily, and accurately.

ALOHA didn’t only help me on math, but now I feel like I can do anything. And anything means everything! It totally opened a new path for me for an excellent destination. When I finished ALOHA, I really felt confident about all the things I did in ALOHA. I now can catch any concepts easily and fast because of ALOHA. I really loved the challenges ALOHA gave me. I believe that everyone should try ALOHA, I know that they would enjoy it. I would definitely recommend other children take advantage of ALOHA. I think my journey through ALOHA was really beneficial and a wonderful experience. I think from my understandings ALOHA will help me on the path I am going towards in life. ALOHA is awesome…

Siddhi Jain
Parents – Sejal & Manish Jain
Schaumburg, Illinois – Ugandhar Mukkamala, owner

First of all, I have to say that I really enjoyed ALOHA. I enjoyed learning something new and I liked the challenges that ALOHA gave me.SMSiddhi(Aloha)

My journey through ALOHA is becoming helpful in my daily life. Going back to when I started ALOHA I was little, very interested in the abacus because it was something new. I remember when I would go to sleep, I would always imagine myself, one day, graduating from ALOHA, how I would be able to do really hard problems, being at the top of my class with good grades, and beating my friends in math with the correct answers. I would do my homework every week, and soon I began to pass each level. When I finished level three, I took a break because my family and I were going to India. When we came back, I started level four. I found it kind of difficult to get back on track, because the break that I took lasted up to three months, but I managed and was back on track in a couple of weeks.

Eventually, ALOHA got harder, and I started to have a couple more mistakes than I usually did. I slowly learned multiplication, and division, and then square roots. And when I was on level eight, I just couldn’t wait to finish the book. I was really excited. I am now really proud of myself for finishing ALOHA. My journey also helped me keep a faster pace in math than I usually did. ALOHA not only helped me in math, it also helped me give a higher quality of work to my teachers in every subject. My homework seems a lot easier to me and I can finish it faster.

It also seems that a light bulb in my head is blinking faster with ideas and solutions. I am also noticing that my memory capacity has increased. I can remember formulas for math, and definitions of unknown words easily and quickly. I can remember and catch minute details faster than students in my class who haven’t taken ALOHA. This makes me really proud of myself.

My struggles have varied. Sometimes I wouldn’t have enough time to finish pages in my homework, or it would be the opposite, and I would have to finish the pages that I didn’t do at home. Because I am in seventh grade for the last two trimesters at Frost Junior High, I get lot of homework, at least more homework than I would have started at a younger age. But I would finish my homework and do the pages in my ALOHA homework book.

I also struggled a little when doing mind math because I was so used to calculating in my
head the other way. But because I practiced, I grew stronger in my weaker area. I kept with the program because, as I said before, I really enjoyed the new challenges ALOHA gave me every day, and mostly because I began to see improvements in my work, and started to provide better quality in my work. I received support from my parents, who played a huge role in my accomplishments. They supported me when I got bored about doing pages in my homework book, or if I get really frustrated when I can’t do something right. My mom would always sit with me and help me solve the problems, even though she might have her own work to do.

ALOHA offers a great path for your future. ALOHA will help me reach my goals and start a career in the future that would be bright and unique.

Parents View

Sejal and Manish (parents) say “Going by my chil-dren’s feedback, I think that the mind math program was amazing. When my kids started to progress slowly in ALOHA, I could see the growth that they had been making when I would do their school work with them. When my kids were done with ALOHA, they needed less help on their homework than they usually did. I could also see that everyday my kids would do the same amount of homework, but the pace that they worked at would increase little by little.”

Instructor View

Vamsi Cherukuri (Director) of the Schaumburg center added that these sisters are two of the first Seniors to graduate from the program. Since they love the program so much they have returned on a weekly basis to volunteer to help younger students.

ALOHA Student Testimonial – South Edison, NJ

Student Testimonial

Following is an ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Spring 2014.  We surveyed some of our students and their parents about the programs we offer at ALOHA and this is one of the testimonials we received.

Priya Subramanian
Parents – Subramanian Annaswamy
South Edison, New Jersey – Rama Rajeevalochana, ownerSMPriya-Subramanian

My name is Priya Subramanian, and I am a 3rd grade student. I have been at ALOHA Edison for 5 years.

Here at ALOHA, I feel fine and glad to be here, in both Math and English classes. I feel like this because these classes teach me a new lesson every time I come. Every class, if I ever
have a doubt, I always ask my teachers and they will help me. The teachers I have are very nice to me, and only sometimes strict.

In the Math classes, I learn lessons about many things like how to divide 4 & 5 digit numbers by 2 & 3 digit numbers, learn how to multiply 4-digit numbers by 3-digit numbers, and get a 7-digit number. Also, I know how to multiply a 3-digit number by a 3-digit number, and get a 6-digit number.

In English, I learn grammar fi rst, whether it is a review or a new topic. At the end, I do one classwork essay, and when I’m done, the teacher checks it and tells me how I can improve on it. Also, in each book, once I am done with my classwork, it’s not done. I also have to complete my homework, even the essays. This will help me understand the lesson I have done in class.

In conclusion, being at ALOHA helps me because I always get good grades in the subjects of Math and English. Without ALOHA’s help, I don’t know how my life would be!

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ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Decatur, GA

Parent Testimonial

Following is an ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Spring 2014. We surveyed some of our students and their parents about the programs we offer at ALOHA and this is one of the testimonials we received.

Hayden Proctor
Parents – Emily & Chad Proctor 
Decatur, Georgia – Sabina Bijiani, ownerSMHayden

Our son started Mind Math at the ALOHA of Decatur location eight months ago and our results have been impressive. In addition to feeling more confident about math in general, our 9-year-old, who often struggles to maintain attention, has increased his ability to focus and complete class work. What’s more, as a home schooled child, he has benefited from the classroom 
interaction. But most of all, our child is thriving under the loving attention of Director Sabina Bijiani and the caring and gentle teachers of the school. He looks forward to ALOHA, not just to engage in the work, but to see people who feel like a second family.

 

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ALOHA Student Testimonial – Jackson Heights, NY

Parent Testimonial

Following is an ALOHA Student Testimonial – Spring 2014.  We surveyed some of our students and their parents about the programs we offer at ALOHA and this is one of the testimonials we received.

Daniel Leong Leong
Parents – Fion Hui
Jackson Heights, New York – Rakesh Armanani, owner

ALOHA is a nice tutoring school that has helped me and many other students improve in school. ALOHA aided me academically in many ways. The most important skill it helped me develop was my writing skill. It helped me write great essays and use a more developed vocabulary.  During class discussions, I learned a lot of new words and facts. ALOHA helps us with our reading and writing. I highly recommend everyone join ALOHA.

 

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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

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?

 

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.

 

ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Simi Valley, CA

Parent Testimonial Following is an ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Spring 2014.  We surveyed some of our students and their parents about the programs we offer at ALOHA and this is one of the testimonials we received. Ananya MuppiralaParents – Geeta Lakshmi Peri & Kiran Kuma MuppiralaSimi Valley, California - Nagaraj Raji, owner ALOHA helped my child understand mathematics in a simple and effective way. Her confidence has increased and I also see that her academics in school have improved a great deal. The teachers are very cooperative and my daughter really enjoys ALOHA. She solves problems in fractions of seconds. I … Continue reading

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Program Can Help Primary Grade Students with Math

ALOHA Mind Math programs can help children in Kindergarten through Third Grade with basic math concepts and skills that they may missed in school, such as counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and money.

EDISON, NJ, February 28, 2014 – ALOHA Mind Math offers an answer to parents and teachers who are frustrated with their underachieving children in primary grades.

Once children are eight or nine years old they have learned a significant amount of math concepts. For example, children may grasp the early learning math concepts of counting to 10 or 100, but might not have learned other counting skills. Sometimes concepts are missed and it is not until a child begins learning higher math concepts that a misstep is noticed.

For example, an eight year-old may be able to count to 1000, count by 10’s and 100s, but may11681285_l be unable to count by two’s. This can affect everything from simple to complex math problems to fractions, measuring and money.

What can be done? When a parent notices that their child has challenges seek professional help immediately. This way the child can begin learning the basic math concepts and skills and move forward with their education. In the long run this will build the child’s confidence to handle routine daily math. Some of these skills may include, figuring out which grocery item is the best buy, count change correctly, and measure ingredients correctly when cooking and baking. Parents can start keeping track of the daily habits which involve math to make it a realization for the child of the importance to practice and learn the real implication of using math daily.

Everything an adult does involves some form of counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. This small observation is one that children can establish a solid foundation in education, build a brighter future, and affect every aspect of their entire life.

About ALOHA Mind Math

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Mind Math Centers help children 5 years old through 12 years old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA Mind Math reading program, math program, and language arts programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit our locations

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Top 5 Warning Signs a Child is Struggling in School and Needs Help

ALOHA Mind Math’s top 5 warning signs indicate a child’s learning could be suffering. It is important for parents to act quickly upon these signs.

EDISON, NJ, February 20, 2014 – According to ALOHA Mind Math, report cards are not thestruggling in school only signs a child needs help in school. Throughout the school year look for subtle and obvious signals that can indicate their learning is suffering and they are struggling in school.

1. Is the child’s morning routine draining for parents and/or the family?

If there is a drastic attitude or energy change then it is likely that something is wrong.

2. Has the child’s interest in school changed?

If the child used to enjoy school and suddenly turned to dislike a particular subject, teacher, or school overall, then this is another strong indicator that they are struggling or having some type of difficulties in school.

3. Has the frequency and amount of homework lessened?

Rarely do teachers not require daily homework, projects, or tests.  In the early years of education children had less homework, but skills increase with each grade, which can be a difficult concept for some children to grasp.

4. Is their school work performance degrading or unknown?

Since the curriculum compounds upon each lesson or grade level, if a child does not understand or can apply the basic concepts then they will struggle. Or, if they grasp the basics but as each unit or grade level progresses so do the curriculum and requirements.

5. Does the child not want to talk about school and become irritated when doing assignments?

There could be several reasons. The child could be bullied or uncomfortable in social settings. The loss of interest could come from not being challenged enough in the classroom. Or, it could that the child has difficulty focusing.

Children need continuous enrichment and encouragement to stimulate their mind. Below are five strategies for dealing with such challenges.

Be Proactive.

  1. Keep them on a regular sleep schedule. Together select clothes and plan breakfast the night before. Sometimes this is all that is necessary. If not, discuss what is bothering them.

  2. If their attitude or energy around school dramatically changes then look into it. Call the teacher.

  3. Instead of waiting for the report cards to put the writing on the wall, regularly review homework and projects together.

  4. If the child comes home without, or little homework, call their teachers to double check. Daily check assignments on the school’s website.

  5. Gently discuss their struggles with the teacher, subjects, homework, or classmates. If the child excels and is bored with school find an educational program to enrich and expand upon their creativity or academic excellence. If the child has focus issues consult the school.

About ALOHA Mind Math

The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA Mind Math Centers help children 5 years-old through 12 years-old be the best they can be to get ahead in all academic areas. This interactive learning method promotes the development and engagement on both sides of the brain, designed for frustrated learners or high-achieving gifted students. Through instructor-led, small group tutoring sessions, children improve their focus, develop vital learning skills, as well as study and life skills, and advance their self confidence to excel in reading, math, language arts, and science, to ultimately persevere in the face of adversity to go after their dreams. Discover the genius in your child.

ALOHA Mind Math was founded in 1993 and introduced in the United States in 2006. ALOHA Mind Math continues to experience growth beyond their current presence in 18 states, 23 countries, and 4,200 locations worldwide. To learn more about ALOHA Mind Math reading program, math program, and language arts programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit www.alohamindmath.com/locations.

 

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