HOW DOES THE PROGRAM AND ADVANCEMENT SYSTEM WORK?
Each level is partitioned to give the student enough concepts to master before moving on to the next level. The nine levels make up the basic program for mastering fundamental mental math techniques.
- Super Basic Program
- Basic Program (2 Levels, 9-8 Kyu)
- Intermediate Program (4 Levels, 7-4 Kyu)
- Advanced Program (3 Levels, 3-1 Kyu)
- Expert Program (Degreed Studies, Dan)
Every student starts from the bottom, no matter their age or grade. After entering the basic program, the student must achieve a minimum of 70% on the exam to progress to the next level. The average student will be able to complete the entire program in three to five years or shorter. Depending on the individual’s progress, some students have completed the basic program in a few months. The rate of advancement is up to you.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE A DIFFERENCE IN MY CHILD'S MATH SKILLS?
You will notice they soon become more confident and comfortable with numbers, however, every child progresses at a different rate, but enthusiasm and encouragement from parents will aid the child. Parents must understand that this is a complex system and every stage is valuable to your child’s development.
WHAT IS THE TEACHING STYLE OF THE CLASS?
Each child works independently at their own pace, in a small group setting. There is no age range for our class, from toddlers to adults. All ages are welcome. You may worry about it, but believe me; it is the beauty of collaboration. They will learn more skills through a mixed-age class as well as learn to manage their materials and even time themselves through the class and homework.
DO I HAVE TO HELP MY CHILD?
With some support from parents to facilitate Soroban exercises, the child’s progress will improve dramatically. Important things are “Let them do by themselves”, “Give them praise but not too much.” and “Be patient”. You don’t need to stay in the class. But if your child struggles with the attention we may require that you remain in the class to assist them to manage their behaviour because of the independent learning style of the class.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ENROLL IN CLASSES?
It is difficult to determine the age of the small children, as they vary from person to person, but we assume they are 4 years old. Must be able to count. Able to write numbers. Able to use the restroom. We also have 3-year-olds, but their mothers accompanied them.