Abacus is the oldest computer. It is a bead based calculator and is considered to be an effective tool for learning mental math skills as well as brain development in early young children. Abacus is a tool to perform mental math arithmetic operations. Our abacus represents complete face value system including decimals.
Numerous studies have shown that majority of the human brain development takes place till the age of 13 years. Constant practicing on an abacus stimulates the growth of brain cells to sharpen the mental formation for a child and enhances the coordination between eyes, ears and hands through multisensory teaching.
Besides all the benefits related to brain development, the early start of this program enables the child to understand the concepts of arithmetic calculation early and the child will be prepared for a math level higher than their grade level. This will help in boosting up their confidence.
All children take the same amount of time to learn the initial abacus techniques, the older kids can jump to higher levels much quicker later onwards and can compensate for the late start of this program, while getting the same lifelong benefits of this program.
Our mental math program is a very structured level by level program. There are 8 levels in all and each level takes an estimated 3 months to complete. Lot of parents may observe improvement in math performance after completion of level 2 but it takes at least 2 years for the program to complete and receive all the permanent benefits associated with this program.
Children learn numbers by counting on their fingers and it becomes very challenging to comprehend the numbers beyond the number 10. Abacus helps children overcome this problem by presenting the numbers and their relationships as concrete beads instead of abstract method used for regular mathematics.
The child shows remarkable improvement in all the subjects including mathematics. The concept of thinking in pictures leads to better understanding and enhanced memory, which is the basis for all academic studies. The use of abacus as a manipulative deepens and extend students understanding of mathematical concepts and we have numerous testimonials from parents highlighting their experiences on how the children have acquired a positive attitude towards mathematics and applied their knowledge in other curriculum areas , including science and language.
Abacus is a tool which uses mental math techniques to solve simple to complex arithmetic calculations without using a calculator. Therefore it can be considered as just another math manipulative. Infact, elementary school curriculum also recognizes the importance of use of manipulatives for supporting the effective learning of mathematics by all students and highlights the role of abacus as an example in building a strong conceptual understanding of place values.
Children who find difficulty in following the traditional method used in school to teach math are the ones who benefit the most out of this program if they are committed to this program by being regular in their homework. The concept of converting numbers into pictures helps them understand and perform math skills better, thereby helping them improve their grades in school.
We encourage all of the parents to get involved in our UCMAS programs. PARENTS Are welcome to visit whenever they can and stay as long as they want as long as the class is not getting disturbed. At luminous kids parents are encouraged to give their suggestions continually to make improvements to the facilities and the programs that best benefit the children. If you ever have any questions or comments please feel free to speak with our instructors.
Our motto is to enhance Leaning by art in kids. We provide students with opportunities to create their own works of art and perform meaningful comparison with work made by the other artist by using a structured integrated learning approach. Instructor’s effectively build up interest by engaging children in guided discussions about art reproductions shown in class or ‘real’ works of art. During the program a child experiences the aesthetics, art criticism and art history along with studio production activities.
Before we begin to draw an art, children are asked to diagnose the original work; where children explain the important features of the artwork and how they will reproduce it differently. They are explained to evaluate an art in terms of:
Subject in art (trees, buildings, objects, background)
Elements of art (lines, colors, shapes, values or textures)
Symbolism of art (emotion, meaning, mood)
Technicality of art (medium, materials, spatial understanding like near –far, front back, processes,and style)
Context of art (the time period and culture)
Once the work is completed, the art of the group is put on display and children are asked to contrast the difference.
Regular feedback, assessments and progress report card will help you to understand your child’s progress. Our instructors are readily available to discuss any problem or concerns related to your child.
All our teachers for iCAP tutoring are Ontario certified teachers or Subject Major in their field. They also go through a formal training curriculum and are certified to maintain the quality and integrity of the program. However, every teacher brings their own elements to learning and create an individualized plan for your child based on their need. We provide a refresher training to our teachers for their professional development.
Apart from style of learning that are fun and engaging, we are using comprehensive point system program where kids collect point based on their performance and earn a gift after they reach a specified number of points. Our teacher’s are also trained in strategies to keep kids motivated throughout the program.
All our Instructors are trained, evaluated and certified to ensure the quality and integrity of the program. The Instructors are provided classroom training and are evaluated based on written exam. They are certified and go through shadowing program with an experience teacher prior to taking independent class.
Yes, we provide 10 minutes of parent’s orientation prior to start of first class to explain program technique hep you provide support to child during homework. Regular feedback will be provided for new concept throughout the program and if child need extra help.
No, we do not have any specific program for special need kids but we have students with learning disabilities that have shown significant improvement in our programs. You need to discuss the need separately with our directors. Each student will be assessed and will be recommended based on their need.
Every child need follow the requirement for particular program. In general all students shall bring indoor shoes and student kit. If student are coming to the center for 2 hours or more, they need to bring a light snack that can be finished in 5 minutes.