Many people often assume that learning
mental arithmetic is merely a method to improve the speed and accuracy
of calculations, for example, adding 10-digit numbers withln a few
seconds. By itself,it is already an amazing accomplishment for most
young children. However, there is more to thls because when the
children are learning U C MAS Mental Arithmetic, they are actually
also undergolng the process developing other aspects of the mind.
When the children have acquired an astonishing calculation speed,
it is actually only the end result of having developed the following
mental abilities : concentration, observation, vlsualization &
imagination, and memory.
Concentration is the concentrated
and directed attention towards a particular matter with clear reflection
that creates a deep image and mental impression. An enhanced concentration
leads to better absorption power. Studying will then be a joyfuI
thlng for these children. In the abacus and mental arithmetic education
children will be tralned to concentrate when Iistening to the teachers
questions (that ranges from easy to difficult) and then focus on
calculating the answers as accurately as possible.
Observtion is the ability to compare
and analyse and differentiate objects, motives and steps. It is
also a state of alertness and swiftness of the mind and senses.
This comes from the need to understand the theoretical requirements
of each calculation and at the same time be aware of the time, and
promptings from the teachers.
Visualization and Imagination
By using the imagination of the
right braln to visualize the abacus in mind, inevitably the powers
of visualization would become sharp and clear. Albert Einstein believes
that the imagination is important than knowledge, because imagination
is the main source of yet-to-be-discovered knowledge.
Memory is the ability to store and
retrieve information and experiences. It has been found that memory
in the left brain would not stay long, but an image that is recorded
in the right brain would stay on in the mind forever. By stimulating
the right brain with mental arithmetic, and in combination with
the alertness of the eyes, ears and hands, the ability to store
and recall is developed together.
Therefore, the ability to solve
10-digits arithmetic problems in only a few seconds is only a small
success in comparison to the actual mental training that has been
done in order to achieve the skill to perform rapid calculations.
- Pre-school children - Age 4 ~ 6
- Basic addition, subtraction with and without using
- Learning games and activities and manipulating beads
- Primary children - Age 7 ~ 13
- Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
with and without using abacus
- Visualization, listening, speed calculation
|| Three years
||U C MAS Abacus & Mental Arithmetic Academy in collaboration
with the China Zhusuan Association.
||2 hours per week (to be allocated flexibly)
Each level 3 months
|Medium of instruction
||Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin or English
- U C MAS Academy of Mental Arithmetic, in collaboration
with the China Zhusuan Association, will organize international
abacus and mental arithmetic grading examinations twice
- Each paper will vary from Grade 1 to Grade 10 and the
Grand Level, in which the Grand Level is the highest level
of the examinations.
- Examination results will be classified into the grades
of distinction, credit, pass and fail. Certificates will
be awarded to students who have passed the examinations.