E-activities This Summer

Don’t Say No To Gadgets In our last post, we spoke about developing curiosity in children, this week we’re covering applications for popular platforms that will keep kids minds active during the holidays. The summer holidays are a time for children to put their books aside and forget the classroom. iPads, gaming consoles and late night TV are picked over study material and textbooks, but just because kids are glued to their gadgets doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from them. Five Apps That Kids Can Benefit From Here are a few apps and games that will help teach children over … 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 – Mason, OH

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.

Ria KantetiSMRia_mason-OH
Parents – Naren & Esha Kanteti
Mason, Ohio – Shweta Munjal, owner

Ria is currently in ALOHA Junior 4. She switched to ALOHA from Kumon and we can see immediate dividends that we believe can directly be attributed to the ALOHA program. She is a lot more excited not only with Math, but also with Science and English. She is very curious, excited and truly engaged with the program.

Thank you ALOHA for making it a pleasant experience for Ria and us.

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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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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.

 

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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ALOHA Parent Testimonial – South Riding, VA

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.

Srikar & Shivani Nadella 
Parents – Suma & Raja Nadella
South Riding, Virginia – Sreeja Ganesh, owner

As all parents do, we always try to analyze our kid’s strengths and weaknesses and accordingly help them and encourage them so that they become successful.

Our goals were:

  1. Improve their focus and concentration SMnadella
  2. Improve their existing math skills and able to solve the problems with higher accuracy and speed.
  3. Help them to understand that there are different ways to solve any problem.

So, we decided to try ALOHA for math for both our kids. When I went to enroll them in Chantilly/South Riding ALOHA, Sreeja showed me the newly introduced curriculum, 
English reading and writing. I was very impressed with the content and the syllabus for reading/writing. After reviewing the overall curriculum, we opined that joining them for English class will assist them in improving their reading/ writing, narration and explanatory skills.

Srikar and Shivani joined ALOHA in Aug 2012. From then we have seen a gradual improvement of their language and math skills. The teachers were great at identifying the improvements that kids require, and also working on them. It helped our kids in many ways.

Both our kids are very comfortable with their teach-ers and are always eager to show their work to us.  Further, ALOHA conducts annual competitions for both Math and English vocabulary. We have encouraged our kids to participate in these exams and the girls were very enthusiastic to take part especially in the English vocabulary competition. Shivani won the Writer’s excellence award and was 3rd runner up in the  Math Olympiad in the Virginia ALOHA 2013 Competition. Srikar and Shivani’s short stories are also selected for publication in the Anthology of Short Stories by Young Americans. Srikar’s unit level math assessments also are great.

We feel great about our children’s progress achieved so far and we are looking forward to this year’s competition.

 

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ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Matawan, NJ

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.

Arnav Khode
Parents – Ruta & Rajesh Khode
Matawan, New Jersey – Rakesh Armanani, owner

Our son, Arnav Khode is in 5th grade and 10 years old. Arnav is diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum. Although high functioning, he had many issues such as, unable to stay in one place, traveling, echolalia, poor hand-to-eye coordination, lack of class participation, always needed a prompt and assistance to remain on target. He often got frustrated when he learned any new concept, it was very overwhelming for him. SMkhode

We started him on the Junior Math Program a few years ago when he was in 3rd grade. It was our experiment to expose him to a different learning experience, as well as, give him the opportunity to learn and interact with typical peers.

With the help of the ALOHA program and teachers, he right away felt welcomed and began to respond to the program. He showed tremendous improvement in focus, sitting in place and being on target, with independence and few prompts. His fine motor skills have dramatically improved. His math skills are super accurate, he became aware of competitive oral sums along with his peers and began participating in the class. The small group of 1:7 teacher-to-student ratio, really benefited him as he got personal attention which allowed him to gradually reach out and interact with his typical peers. This was a very important milestone for us, as we wanted Arnav to be able to learn, express, socialize and interact.

The biggest surprise about Arnav was revealed to us when he learned to use exceptional visual skills with the help of Mind Math, and by doing so, he broke his own barriers of frustration. He developed self confidence in personality and stability in body language. He accepts new facts and complicated challenges and is able to figure out the outcome independently.

ALOHA greatly influenced Arnav. And being his parents it gave us something we never believed Arnav would achieve. It brought us tremendous joy to see him blossom. Above all it brought hope and faith.

We sincerely thank TEAM ALOHA for giving us a wonderful experience.

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ALOHA Parent Testimonial – Dublin, 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. Abhiram Mokkapati Parents – Sivaprasad & Prapurna MokkapatiDublin, California – Aishwarya Koneru, owner We, the parents of Abhiram Mokkapati and Suhas Mokkapati, really appreciate ALOHA mind math program. It has improved our kids to learn math faster. We recommend that other kids join if possible. We attribute 100 % success to ALOHA. We liked the way ALOHA uses for the student to learn math … Continue reading

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