Brain Development in early childhood

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Modern society and the educational system tend to discriminate against the right hemisphere and nonverbal forms of intellect.

Experiments show that most children rank highly creative (right brain) before entering school. Because our educational systems place a higher value on left brain skills such as mathematics, logic and language than it does on drawing or using our imagination, only ten percent of these same children will rank highly creative by age 7. By the time we are adults, high creativity remains in only 2 percent of the population.

Recent studies have shown that the abacus method of mental calculation is effective in the development of the right brain. At first, this idea was only a hypothesis, but the recent development of high-tech brain imaging equipment has helped provide tangible research data. Thanks to the development of cerebral physiology and imaging equipment that can accurately measure the amount of blood flow in the brain, recent studies have proven that the abacus method of mental calculation is extremely effective in activating the right brain. According to the research, the learning and thinking process is enhanced when both sides of the brain participate in a balanced manner.

About The Program

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The Minimax program builds foundational techniques that make learning math effortless and enjoyable. By mastering these techniques, 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 the “brain-fitness”.

Students learn to focus for sustained periods, to manage their time while completing long series of sums, to think in pictures, as well as, logically and to concentrate on more than one task at the same time while performing at a high standard. These are crucial life skills that students will use again and again. The program activates key cognitive functions such as memory, attention, perception, symbolic learning and reasoning.