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 Celebrates National Reading Month with 30 Day Family Challenge

ALOHA Celebrates National Reading Month with a 30 Day Challenge for Families

ALOHA Encourages Families to Make Reading Together Daily a Treat for 30 Minutes for 30 Days.

EDISON, NJ, March 17, 2014 – ALOHA celebrates National Reading Month by encouraging8455045_l parents and extended families to enrich their child’s reading and lives with books for 30 minutes for 30 days.

Reading is a fundamental and critical life skills learned in school, which most take for granted because they are fluent readers. For thirty days set aside at least thirty minutes to read together.

“By incorporating reading into our daily schedule as a family we help our children expand their attention span and thrive,” said Mani Manickavelu, ALOHA Chief Executive Officer and President.

“It doesn’t matter whether the parents or older children read aloud to the family or each read silently. This family activity promotes the importance of reading and could also progress everyone’s reading skills. Even though we are honoring National Reading Month, at ALOHA we celebrate reading and math every day.”

ALOHA offers some suggestions.

  • Create an environment conducive to reading. Turn off the TV and all electronics.
  • Treat this as a special time. Turn on the fireplace if applicable. Serve cookies and milk.
  • Make a rule that everyone read.
  • Children under 5 years old can participate by reading picture books, which can be found at the local library in the children’s section. Ask a librarian for help.
  • Afterwards, parents should ask factual and inferential thought-provoking questions about what the children read. Ask, “Who are the characters? What are they like? What happened and why? Why do you think that character acted that way? How would you have reacted? What do you expect to happen next? What did you learn from the story? How would you have told it differently?”
  • Have them draw particular aspects of the story they read.
  • It is ALOHA’s hope to get more families reading together, talking about books, and advancing children’s literacy skills. For additional reading and literacy ideas visit the ALOHA Mind Math blog and News and Article page


The unique academic enrichment programs at ALOHA 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, the mind math program, reading/writing programs, or to schedule an orientation at a center near you visit


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Writing – Thankfully

If you can read and write your can learn anything. Students in our writing program learn skills reading quotebased on grade level.  One of our students was published in an Indian publication distributed in the United States.

Our students write beautifully and “Thankfully” as demonstrated in the piece that follows written by one of our South Edison, New Jersey ALOHA students.

Written by Dhruvi Sarkar, a grade 4 student, entitled “Thanksgiving”. (unedited from student)

Thanksgiving. It has different meanings for different people. For some, it is an extended holiday weekend. For others, a day of thanks that may or may not include church. For many, it is the time when families get together, have fun, play games, and create good memories. Thanksgiving is a day which we look forward to be thankful and grateful for what we have. Everyone, rich or poor, is very lucky to have a life, weather or not they have everything.


The First Thanksgiving was the time the pilgrims, Squanto, and the governor, William Bradford had their feast. During the feast which lasted 3 days, they played, feasted and shot guns and arrows. Previously they called Thanksgiving the Green Corn Dance, or the Harvest Festival. At the feast they prayed for what they were thankful for to god as he is the one who gives us everything.


We celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways. We eat many foods, usually with family. We eat turkey, pie, potatoes, and many more. These are things the pilgrims, Squanto, and the governor ate during their feast. Many Americans still continue the tradition of eating these foods, but with some alterations.


Thanksgiving is usually the time for family reunions! Many people celebrate Thanksgiving differently. Some eat turkey, and many other delicious items with their family, and friends. Some go out and do some early holiday shopping during the black Friday sale. This year I am planning to go out with my family and watch a movie. After that we will come home for a relaxing family dinner which will be followed by a game which our whole family loves; Wii.


Thanksgiving for me means being thankful for my family, friends, belongings, and good home. My caring family is always ready to support me and guide me whenever I need it, and my friends are always ready to turn my frown  upside down with a good laugh. We are so  fortunate to have a shelter. Just think about all those needy people with no home and not many belongings.


In conclusion, this is how Thanksgiving was started and what I am thankful for. Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday, it is just a day of giving thanks and appreciating what god has given us.

Our award winning students will continue to do great things, reading and “Writing – Thankfully”.




5 Ways Parents can Prevent Learning Loss over Summer Vacation

“The more you read the more things you know. The more you learn the more places you go.” – Dr. Seuss. Non-structured days, swimming, playing ball, bicycling, and camp are just some of the summer activities children love during their three month hiatus from reading, writing, arithmetic and other studies. However, this lax and non-educational routine harms children. Do you remember each fall revisiting the material you already knew? That is because teachers must spend 4 to 6 weeks reviewing concepts and lessons taught the previous year for those who did not retain the material during the summer vacation. According … Continue reading

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Why Kids Should Read More – Aloha Mind Math USA

Most kids find reading a tedious task, while some other kids love to read. Reading is an integral part of life and kids should develop the habit of reading every single day. Whether it is a story, or picture book, or reading the papers, or anything else, a daily dose of reading provides so many benefits not just for kids but adults too:

Improves Vocabulary

The more you read, the better it is for your vocabulary. While reading you come across various words you have never heard before or words you never stopped to check the meaning of. Very often people tend to read and just “assume” the meaning of a word based on its contextual use in a sentence. By proactively reading, you will discover much more than you ever did.

Aids Imagination

Reading aids imagination and sparks off creativity. Very often while reading we visualize images, characters, situations, people and places. Children often tend to imagine stories and characters in their mind while reading them. Not only does reading help visualize, it helps get the creative size of the brain function a lot more actively.

Reading Helps Writing Better

When you read well, you often write well too. The use of words, sentences, context, and creativity of writing is better developed when you read well and have developed a good vocabulary. You will be able to narrate stories, situations and instances much better than before.

Reading is Productive

Setting aside some time to read every day is a great way to inculcate a good reading habit. Instead of watching television or playing videogames, invest time in a good book, article or story. Not only do you gain information and knowledge, it becomes time well spent on your personal growth.

Better Communication Skills

When parents spend time reading to toddlers, they are likely to pick up language skills much better, express themselves effectively, and relate to others in a healthy way. This goes a long way in developing their communication skills, and it makes them confident individuals as they grow older.

Academic Excellence

By reading to toddlers and preschoolers, they develop a higher aptitude for learning in general. Various studies have indicated that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. Kids grasp math, science, and social concepts much better with a pre-disposed reading environment.

The MORE you READ, the MORE things you KNOW

The MORE you LEARN, the MORE places you GO

-Dr. Seuss

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

Getting kids to start reading can be made easy and fun

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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Creative writing comes naturally and cannot be developed. Is this true?

Children’s thoughts are full of imagination and curiosity but they often find it uncomfortable to pen down their thoughts, whereas writing can be an excellent exercise for kids to let out their thoughts and pictures they construct which a mere image of their personality and creativity. Most kids today dread the thought of writing, even after all the writing exercises they do in school they often see it as tedious process. And in this digital age of email, text messaging and social networking, kids’ tolerance for writing anything longer than a few characters is being severely tested. It’s very important today to … Continue reading


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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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We are now 150! – Aloha Mind Math


When we started in 2005 we could never have imagined that we would grow in strength in such a short time. But will all your support and encouragement, we have just signed our 150th location in Chester, Virginia. We are happy to announce that this also brings us to 15 locations in the state of Virginia. Here are some details of the programs that our new 150th location will be providing:

Mind Math:

Aloha Junior: The junior level is meant for children between 5 and 6 years of age, and is the ideal time to introduce them to Mental Math and the Aloha programs. This program lays a solid foundation of Math basics in your child, and helps them to start using the abacus for calculations.

Aloha Senior: This level is for children between 7 and 12. They are introduced to basic operations like addition with the abacus, and move on to more complicated ones involving multiplication, division and even square roots. After the initial stages, they will no longer use the physical abacus and by the end of the program they can perform even calculations like “356*769/67” in their mind with ease.

Note: Even if your child has not gone through the Junior level, he/she might still be able to join a the Senior level after going through some assessment tests.

English – Reading/Writing:

The goal of our English program is to enable your child to excel at Reading and Writing, and the levels of the program are aligned to what your child may be learning at school. The syllabus is divided into Language Arts, Reading and Writing skills which allows for a very structured approach to the program. You are sure to find a constant improvement in your child’s reading and creative writing skills, and in her performance at school.

You will find a detailed description of the above programs at our website Please have a look there and contact us for any queries.

The centre at Chester will be run by Mr. Rupesh who also is in charge of the ones at Glen Allen, Henrico.