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UCMAS is a unique scientifically-proven brain development program designed for children and young people to develop their latent mental power at an age when brain development is reaching its peak. At UCMAS, we are dedicated to enhancing childrenâ€™s lives where we offer a unique opportunity for children aged 4 to 12 to participate in a program that contributed to the mental health, development and excellence of kids around the globe since 1993 in more than 50 countries.
UCMAS utilizes the "Abacus Mental Arithmeticâ€ť skills as a training tool for the mental development of children. Mental Arithmetic is a form of calculation that is solely done by the human mind without the use of pencil and paper, calculator or any other gadget or electronic device.
During the training process, children are transformed into professional users of the abacus, an ancient Chinese calculator, and then a different set of mental trainings allows the child to imagine or visualize a virtual or a â€śmentalâ€ť abacus to solve mathematical problems. These mental arithmetic processes will act as an actual training for the childâ€™s mental skills that are occupied during the arithmetic solving process and help improve them.
In Jordan, we are receiving students between the ages of 6 and 12 only and help them improve their mental skills like concentration, observation, listening, imagination, visualization and memorization skills.
Our brain is divided into two hemispheres, left and right. The two hemispheres process information in different ways and work together in our everyday lives. However, about 90% of children use primarily the left brain. The focus of the left brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. It is also responsible for dealing with the present and past, logic, sequencing, computation, reasoning, linear mathematics, languages, and analytical abilities.
The right side of the brain focuses on the visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. It deals with present and future, imagination, visualization, arts, shapes, space, intuition, synthesis, and integration of information and creativity.
The human brain has no limit to its potentials as long as it is cultivated at a young age and constantly challenged. In order to explore and develop the potentials of the human brain fully, many physiologists and brain scientists have been studying ways to further develop the function of the right side of the brain focusing on its learning ability, concentration, perceptual capabilities and imagination skills. UCMAS Program offers many building blocks in that dimension.
Besides the visible results that we witness once the student begins UCMAS training, scientists have measured results through many different technologies such as FMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and made it easy for us to get tangible proof that our program is as successful as we say it is. Also, these researches continue to take us to new levels of understanding on how the brain works and which activities enhance its abilities.
According to scientific research, 75% of our brain capacity develops between the ages of 4 and 12 making this age range crucial for mental development.
Children and young teenagers in this age group retain significant adaptability in their brains, which allows growth and inter-connection of brain cells. For that reason, many experts recommend introducing children at a young age to a new language or to playing a musical instrument, as these activities stimulate the brain. It is also easier for kids to acquire these skills at that young age, so what kids learn when they are young has a great influence over their future.
Experiments show that most young children rank highly creative, a function of the right brain, before entering school. Due to our educational system placing a higher value on the left brain skills such as mathematics, logic and language than it does on arts or being creative which train the right brain. Only 10% of these children will rank highly creative by the age of 7. As adults, only 2% of them remain highly creative. That is why the mental training through UCMAS Program targets young children to help promote brain growth and development in general and especially in the right brain for life-long results.
In Jordan, we receive students who are above the age of 6 and under the age of 13 when they start their first UCMAS class.
Mental Arithmetic is calculation that depends purely on the power of the mind, without the use of pencil and paper, calculator, any other gadget or electronic device. So instead of the child using a gadget or needing to write down a problem in order to solve it, you can simply calculate it in your head without any help! Yes! This is possible! How?
First we introduce the child or young teenager to the Abacus. The abacus is an ancient tool developed in China some 3000 years ago. It was used to teach children calculation. Both hands are used to manipulate the Abacus beads, ensuring stimulation of both the left and right sides of the brain. The combination of touch, movement and numerical concept is the initial focus.
Within the first few weeks, our students learn how to read the abacus numbers and practice simple calculations on it. Hand in hand with the Abacus learning, students receive trainings to develop their mental and fine motor skills like concentration, listening, observation, fingering and speed writing. Few weeks later and with training, Course Instructors comfortably take the abacus away and studentsâ€™ minds gain the ability to calculate without the need for a real abacus, solely depending on their imagination as they develop the ability to retrieve the correct result of the calculation using a "Mental Abacus" which is an imaginary or a virtual device! Impossible? Not at all!
With time students are taught techniques to perform all four mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) using the abacus in a very fast and accurate way exactly as we use modern calculators. The gradual build up of the arithmetic complexity is the technique we use to keep challenging the young learners' minds. With continuous practice, the students' mental abilities will keep growing.
Students who learn UCMASâ€™s way of calculation will start dealing with numbers as images, since every number forms a different image on the abacus. Using the numbers as abacus images in problem solving will shift the processing of math problems from the left to the right brain. That is how we begin activating the right brain.
The techniques used to train students how to visualize an abacus are genius! We have been training children and young teenagers for tens of years, proving repeatedly that our techniques are impeccable. With millions of students testifying for us through their abilities following UCMASâ€™s training, our ultimate goal is to bring out the genius within the upcoming generations, making their abilities stronger and their aims higher than ever before.
It is often assumed that learning mental arithmetic is merely a method to improve the speed and accuracy of calculations. For example, adding 10-digit numbers within a few seconds is an amazing accomplishment for most young children. However, it is much more than that. It is developing the mental skills and abilities of the mind such as powerful concentration, accurate observational and active listening skills, strong visualization, vast imagination and great photographic memory.
Here are UCMASâ€™s main benefits and how we come to achieving them:
UCMAS-Jordan Head Office
Address: 24 Kharejah Bin Zeid Street, Khalda, Amman.
SMS: +9627999UCMAS (+962799982627).
P.O.Box: 5119 Amman 11953 Jordan
Working Days: Sunday-Thursday
Working Hours: 9-5
Moataz Azar General Manager
Yassar Nassar Training & Quality Control Manager
Leen Saleem Marketing & Communication Officer
Saba Kayyali Operations Manager and QC Officer
Tareq Halaseh Credit & Support Services Manager
Rabab Ramadan QC Officer
Haneen Al Araj QC Officer
Dina Twal QC Officer
Mohammad Fadel Accounting Officer
Salam Al Far Administration Manager
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