Excellent enrichment program for elementary school students
Activity Organizer: Enrichment program coordinator of Basis Independent, Silicon Valley (BISV) & Basis Independent, Fremont (BIF)
Enrichment Program & MAYS Club Advisor Instructor: MS. Huey-Chiang Huang, CAAA & Powermath President
Enrichment Program Volunteer & MAYS Club President: BISV student, Stephanie Chen
Teacher and Coach: Led by CAAA and Powermath with Mental Abacus Teacher Certification
Teaching Assistants: Stephanie Chen (Certified at highest Advanced Level 10 in both Abacus and Mental Arithmetic) and other BISV school students (7th to 12th grade) with minimum Advanced Level 1 certification in Abacus and Mental Arithmetic.
Club class size: Up to 15 students per class.
Target Audience: Students from grade 2 to 6.
Location: Basis Fremont campus
Lesson Cost: $TBD per 10 sessions (including material and equipment)
Time: 4:45pm to 5:45pm on Wednesday
◆ Our goals:
o Enhance club members for the Brain Cognitive Skills Development
o Enhance club members for the Personality & Trait of GRIT
o Create a solid foundation for the club students’ future Mathematical endeavors.
o Help the club members to do well in future Abacus & Mental Arithmetic certification
o Generate more seed volunteer students to serve underprivileged and family of children with special needs in the future
Help to build a solid mathematics foundation and academic excellence
The abacus and mental math curriculum begins with introductory lessons about the abacus and how to use the abacus to represent numbers. Next, students will learn a set of “common rules”, which are the mechanics on how to perform addition and subtraction on the abacus and the rules dictating the proper fingers to use, and bead movement. Depending on the students’ progress, these “common rules” may take as few as 12 weeks, or upwards of 15 weeks to learn. After students have mastered the abacus, they may advance and transition to picturing the abacus in their minds as a precursor to mental arithmetic.