Mental Math Program
abacus program
What is the Abacus Mental Math Program?

On the surface, it can be assumed that arithmetic is the primary focus of this program, and the end goal is to be able to perform outstanding feats of calculation solely using the mind.  However, this program strives to develop other mental abilities as well like concentration, observation, listening, imagination & visualization, as well as memory.

The incredible calculation speed and accuracy you can achieve is only because all these other areas of the brain have been developed as well! Learners enrolled in our innovative abacus training program will also discover that they have increased self-confidence and independence in their academics.

Program Structure
How the UCMAS Abacus Math Program Improves Your Child’s Holistic Development

At UCMAS, developing a lifelong love of learning in our students is our passion, and hence we don’t just tutor, we aim to inspire our students.

UCMAS – A Whole Brain Development Technique

UCMAS is a program that helps children to develop their brain using the abacus as a learning tool and basic arithmetic operations as a base.

UCMAS Tool – Structural Development with a Physical Abacus

The human brain is structurally divided into various lobes and each of these lobes are connected to the different fingers of our hands. In the UCMAS program children are trained on using both hands with different fingers on the abacus, which stimulates the lobes of the brain by increasing neuron interconnectivity and hence establishing a balance between them. The finger movement on a physical abacus stimulates the nerves connected to the neural system, which in turn activates these various lobes. These are the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, the occipital lobe and the temporal lobe. The usage of the abacus with the two-hand technique enhances the working of the brain more efficiently resulting in structural development with a physical abacus.

Functional Development with Mental Math

The human brain is functionally divided into 2 hemispheres, the logical side and the visual side. The left/logical side of the brain governs different functions related to number, text, sequencing, formula, and analytical interpretation, whereas the right/visual side of the brain governs functions like face recognition, spatial memory, power of estimation and comparison, processing of tunes/ music etc. In the UCMAS program, children are trained on arithmetic operations and formulas which are stored in their logical side of the brain, and while doing mental math, they convert the logical numerical representation of numbers into bead images utilizing their visual side of the brain and retrieving formulas which are stored in their logical brain, thus developing both the logical and creative functions of the brain simultaneously. 

The brain carefully balances and assigns control of certain functions to each side. It’s all nature’s way of ensuring that the brain ultimately splits up tasks to maximize efficiency.

UCMAS Activities – Learning Styles & Skill Development Techniques

Learning activities in a UCMAS class help children develop their Kinaesthetic, Auditory and Visual learning styles. Children generally have a pre-dominant style of learning; but at UCMAS we enhance each learning style, which not only enhances their dominant style but also develops their less dominant style of learning.

  • Tactile/ Kinaesthetic Learning Style: Tactile/ Kinaesthetic learners learn best when they can use their sense of touch using physical objects or body movement. The UCMAS program focuses on the physical use of the abacus for representing and calculating numbers. Other activities like the types of speed writing facilitate this type of learning.
  • Auditory Learning Style: Auditory learners are those who learn best through hearing. In the UCMAS program, students calculate by listening to numbers at extremely high speeds. In addition to listening and writing, jumbled dictations also help auditory learners. Thus strengthening their auditory style of learning.
  • Visual Learning Style: Visual learners are those who learn and understand better through visual aid or by seeing and observing things. The ongoing use of the physical abacus helps students visualize the beads of the abacus, hence giving them a gift of Mental Math. At UCMAS we conduct various activities with flashcards, which are bead representations of numbers. These activities help children enhance their visual learning style.
Benefits of Abacus Maths

We Start Developing Your Child’s Math Muscles Early On!

At UCMAS, developing a lifelong love of learning in our students is our passion and hence we don’t just tutor, we aim to inspire our students.

Our whole-brain development program builds foundational techniques that make learning math, effortless and enjoyable. By mastering these techniques using the abacus, students develop the ability to think in pictures and quickly learn to perform large calculations mentally. Over time, our students come to love a subject they may have once struggled with, or even feared. Attaining astonishing calculation speed is actually the end result of increasing “brain-fitness”.

Students learn to focus for sustained periods, manage their time while completing long series of sums, as well as, to concentrate on more than one task at the same time. These are crucial life skills that students will use again and again.

UCMAS demands self-discipline and promotes the joy of lifelong learning and self-discovery. Our students become motivated learners – the best route to success in academics and beyond.

Here’s a list of skills that the UCMAS students develop over time:

Improved Self-Discipline
Increased Self-Confidence
Ability to Multi-Task
Greater Listening Skills
Focus and Concentration
Overall Academic Achievement
Proficiency in Math
Creativity
Memory (Visual and Auditory)
Visualization
Better Problem-Solving Capabilities
Mastery of Arithmetic and Number Sense

UCMAS not only leads to greater student proficiency and confidence in mathematics, it also builds the framework for children to develop fundamental learning skills essential to actively succeed in school and in every avenue of their daily lives.

With the help of innovative pedagogical techniques developed by program specialists that include child development experts and child psychologists, UCMAS maintains a world-class quality program that delivers maximum benefit to our students.

Use of the Abacus in Rapid Mental Math

Chances are you won’t always have a calculator with you when you need it, that is when the abacus comes to your rescue.

The abacus provides countable beads for children to visualize numbers on a base-10 system. The children learn to manipulate those beads to perform arithmetic calculations such as addition and division.

Etymology

The word is derived from the Greek word ‘abax’, meaning “calculating board” or “calculating table”.

Chinese Invention

The first Chinese abacus was invented around 500 B.C. The abacus, as we know it today, was used in China around 1300 A.D.

First Computer

Often referred to as the first computer, the abacus is an instrument used to add, subtract, multiply and divide, to calculate fractions and square roots.

Usage

It is still commonly used today across certain Asian communities.

Why UCMAS?

It is more than Maths!

On the surface, it can be assumed that arithmetic is the primary focus of this program, and the end goal is to be able to perform outstanding feats of calculation solely using the mind.  However, this program strives to develop other mental abilities as well like concentration, observation, listening, imagination & visualization, as well as memory.

The incredible calculation speed and accuracy you can achieve is only because all these other areas of the brain have been developed as well! Learners equipped with our brain-enhancing skills will also realize that they have increased self-independence in their academics.

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