The name of the programme, i-Maths,
stands for "intelligent mathematics". It is a special programme
to provide young children a strong mathematics foundation to meet the
higher standards of mathematics used in modern science and technology.
Teaching Mathematical Concepts to
Dr. Bruce of Oxford University once said that children of tender
age might be able to appreciate concepts of high level of intelligence
if they had received proper education. Almost all children possess a
potential of intelligence. Although, this may not be apparent for in
children, it does not mean that they do not have the potential, but
it could be due to the inappropriate ways of educating them.
i-Maths comes with a complete set of
learning kit that includes: strings, tangram pieces, a square nail-board,
colour picture cards, colour building blocks, number stickers, colour
chained beads, abacus, and geometrical picture stickers, that allow
young children to have a complete hands-on approach to learning mathematics.
All the material are tested to be safe for children, for example, the
crayons in the learning kit is a latest invention from France. They
are non-toxic and do not contain any heavy metals (lead), therefore
they are absolutely safe to be used by young children.
We believe that no matter how lengthy
the verbal explanation and elaboration may be, it can never be compared
with using real, actual, tangible and multi-senses way of explaining
mathematics, hence the use of tangible objects in the learning kit.
The Conservative Teaching Method
It is a norm for mathematics teacher, especially for those who teach
young children, to teach the basic concept of mathematics in a direct
and unilateral manner. Unfortunately, this method may enable young children
to acquire the ability to compute simple calculation, but it does not
stimulate or train their ability in thinking and problem solving.
An example of unilateral teaching is
the simple question: 1 + 1 =? Most teachers will explain the significance
and logic involved in the calculation of 1+1 and say that the answer
is 2, and most children would be able to understand this without difficulty,
but unfortunately, this does not involve any thinking. With such unilateral
training, children tend to think only in one direction, i.e. follow
the simple rule and find out the answer.
The Reversible Teaching Method
In recent years, researchers and educationists have introduced a
rather different or unconventional method of teaching logic in mathematics,
which we may call Reversible Teaching Method. The difference of this
method in comparison to the conservative one is that it does, to a certain
extent, encourage children to think rather than just follow the simple
rules of calculation.
Under this teaching method, children
are taught answer the question: 1 + (?) = 2. Under such circumstances,
the rigid obedience to simple rules is of little help. Therefore, the
children would have to understand thoroughly the logic of calculation
in both directions, i.e. forward and backward. This teaching method
is comparatively better in stimulating thinking.
The Intelligent-Maths Teaching Method
This method is unique in the sense that it is only seen in i-Maths
and it involves not only thinking skills, but also imagination and creativity.
Jung has formulated a method based upon the basis that children need
to be taught by using both conservative and reversible methods in helping
them understand the rule and logic involved in the arithmetic, but we
should not stop there. Further training of thinking skills imagination
and creativity have to be incorporated into the teaching.
Under this teaching method, children
are taught to find out the answer for the problem : (?) + (?) = 2
In order to find out the answers, children have to be very familiar
with the logic behind the rule of arithmetic, then they have to make
use of their imagination, creativity and thinking skills to ascertain
the possibility and limitation of the answers. Through the process of
figuring the possible answer and the different permutation, children
would learn to appreciate the logic, reasoning and the significance
of such training.
One should not mistakenly assume that
the conservative and reversible teaching methods are not helpful in
teaching mathematics. However, the Intelligent-Maths teaching method
is designed based on the modification of these two teaching methods
and should be seen as an extension in the training of mental abilities.
Multiple Solutions for a Single Problem
One very important feature throughout the whole of the i-Maths training
is that it is a platform designated to encourage children to produce
multiple solutions for a single problem.
We are all aware that many mathematical
problems do not only have a single solution but multiple solutions.
The purpose of encouraging children to find out solutions from all aspect(s)
or angles is to train them to see problems or circumstances in a complete
and thorough manner, and also the ability to analyse them critically.
Such training does not only enhance
the ability of problem solving, but it also encourages children to develop
a habit of scrutinizing facts meticulously and thoroughly.
|Level 1 and Level 2
||Suitable for Preschool children Age 4
|Level 3 and Level 4
||Suitable for Preschool children Age 5
|Level 5 and Level 6
||Suitable for Preschool children Age 6
| Course duration
|| 2 hours per week (to be allocated flexibly)
|Medium of instruction
|| Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin or English