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Mathematics Is So Easy
Sips brain gym and abacus programmes are the best tools to become confident and increases the attention span of children.
The kid said it in five seconds flat without the use of any calculator. Stunned?

"Its possible," says Dinesh Victor, the Managing Director of SIP Academy India Pvt. Ltd. "Any child in the age bracket of six to twelve can be taught this numerical feat. All it requires is focused training and the use of our visual memory that helps us perceive abstract forms like numbers as strong visual elements," he adds.

SIP (Sociable Intellectual Progressive) Academy, the India wing of SIP Academy Malaysia has been conducting their International Abacus and Brain Gym programme in India for about two years now. The programme was launched in the NCR recently, where 15 centres now have about 350 students.

The key benefits of the programme are increased attention span, concentration, better retention and recall. "Children who are trained in the programme feel and act more confident, improve in academics and grasp concepts faster. They are more attentive in class, learn to compete and seem to enjoy numbers without the usual phobia," says an SIP spokesman.

Multiple entry
SIP currently functions in six countries: China, Malaysia, Indonesia Thailand, India and Sri Lanka, running 900 centres with a 1,50,000 student base worldwide. In India, SIP operates in Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Jharkhand, Delhi and Rajasthan, covering nearly 7,000 children who are enjoying the benefits of the academys programmes.

SIPS AMAL (Accelerated Mental Learning) programme is targeted at children between the ages of four-and-a-half to six and aims at developing a childs mental intelligence. Employing tools, such as alpha music (that induces an alpha state in the mind), colour coding, brain gym, abacus, flash cards etc., the programme aims at developing a love for numbers, colour co-ordination, learning and exploration in a child.

Brain workout
Another SIP programme is called Brain Gym. Comprising of a set of exercises designed by Dr. Paul Dennison of Edu-K US, the aim of this programme is to induce proper communication between various functional centres of the brain. The organization claims that the efficacy of this programme has been tested with corporate clients like IBM, Ford, GE, Pepsi, Hyundai etc., who are using it for senior level management training.

Several well-known schools in Mumbai, such as Bombay Scottish School at Powai, Green Lawn at Breach Candy, the Godrej School at Vikhroli and Lady Vassanji at Andheri are currently using this programme on weekends and also holding demonstrations for parents on their premises. "These programmes cannot be a part of any curriculum because they require a small batch size (AMAL: maximum 10 children, Abacus and Brain Gym: maximum 15 children)," says an SIP spokesman. In Delhi and the NCR, SIP programmes are running in 12 areas namely-Jor Bagh, Rajinder Nagar, NOIDA, Civil Lines, Faridabad, Gurgaon, etc. in addition to centres at Dehradun, Chandigarh and Aligarh.
Posted on : 9/11/2005
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