Fun and Energetic
Shenmo lessons are designed to be hands-on, energising and enjoyable, and our students take on an active role in the learning process, this ignites their passion towards learning and motivates them to be tenacious students who always put forward their best in learning. This attitude of ‘striving for the best’ is translated to other areas of their learning and this is one of our proud achievements in Shenmo’s mission to inculcate ‘Joyful Learning’ in all our students.
Shenmo lesson materials are specially designed and our trainers’ delivery techniques are carefully thought through to bring out the excitement and fun towards learning, this maximises the students ability to learn and pick up the abacus easily.
The benefits of Shenmo Abacus
and Mental Arithmetic
Research has shown that the learning of abacus not only helps children in the learning of Mathematics
but also developed other cognitive abilities which Shenmo has fine-tune further:
Through aural Abacus and Arithmetic practices as well as flashcard exercises, the child’s memory capacity is enhanced as these activities trains the child to process images and numbers quickly while retaining and recalling them, this enhances the ‘Short Term Memory’ Scoop which becomes the foundation for ‘Long Term Memory’ retention.
Our unique and patented two-hand approach trains simultaneous bead movement on both hands. Through constant practice, the two-hand movement stimulates the development of both the right and left hemispheres of the brain, leading to a more rounded and balanced brain development.
Abacus training involves speed reading and processing huge chunks of numbers in order to perform quick calculation on the abacus. The technique of ‘grabbing’ or visualising huge chunks of numbers for mental processing becomes a mental skill that can also visualise huge chunks of other information. Through constant practice, this technique of speed reading will prove beneficial to any subjects the students tap upon.
Mental Arithmetic, which is the culmination of Abacus training, is achieved when the child is so skillful with the operation of the abacus that he is able to envision it in his mind. His calculation speed increases and he also makes fewer mistakes in recalling. This aids not just the calculation but also the accuracy of the recall.
Arithmetic Skills and
Cultivating the children’s arithmetic skills from an early age will shorten the learning process when they progress to Primary school. Most of our students find it easy to learn and score well in Maths taught at higher level and this minimises the stress related to kids who did not build a good foundation or computation skills required. Our students gain confidence and score well in both Maths and Sciences and their parents do not suffer anxiety issues relating to their child’s academic results and the need for tuition.
Coordination and Mental
In our Abacus class, the students cognitive abilities are engaged simultaneously: the reading of numbers, the recitation of formulas, the active response to questions and the movement of beads greatly enhanced the coordination skill and this in turn prime them to mental organise or ‘multi-task’ through their mind with ease.
Pique for Learning
Learning of abacus also benefits the learning of other subjects, for example, the visual spatial nature of abacus will aid the study of Geography and Physics and the statistical concept of abacus will aid the study of general Sciences through strong analysis of data. Abacus and Mental Arithmetic also activates both hemispheres of the brain and promotes dexterity in movement and responses as it also trains one’s motor-neuron reflexes, which are advantageous to one’s dexterity when playing an instrument, typing, or working on fine crafts with one’s fingers.
The frequent hand movements in abacus coupled with the recitation of the formulae makes the children more articulate. Through constant feedback from the trainer, the children gain a sense of self-awareness and the ability to evaluate their own performance. It motivates them to strive harder for better results, cultivating the virtue of diligence and perseverance in them from a young age.
Focus / Concentration
Children working on the abacus requires a high level of concentration and focus. When doing calculations on the abacus, the child focuses all his attention on bead movement and the reading of numbers, his mind does not stray or wander and he knows the importance of a disciplined mind. Hence, abacus training is a good way to train a child’s concentration skills and focus, the long term benefit is longer attention span and also heighten attention to details.
Life Long Skills
Our graduate students have
With every mental sum that is computed as correct, the student would celebrate this little problem solving achievement and the more sums he solved, the more he is determined in trying to solve the more difficult one. This process of celebrating little achievements strengthens the kid’s determination towards learning.
Small success in computation leads to the desire to complete more sums which in turn build self confidence.
Shenmo classroom cycle of celebrating success in problem solving, constantly building confidence in the young student help to cultivate the child’s independence and determination.