`I-Math' is aimed at fighting mathematics phobia among children
GULBARGA: The Sharanabasaveshwar Residential Public School in the city became the first in Hyderabad-Karnataka region to introduce "I-Maths programme" in collaboration with Chrysalis India Ltd. to help children learn Mathematics logically, analytically and with abstract thinking.
The Chrysalis, which has adopted the Malaysian model of preparing training kit for students to learn mathematics to remove the mathematics phobia, has introduced "I-Maths programme" in many schools. It has launched the scientific learning of mathematics in Mangalore, Belgaum, Mysore and Hassan.
According to Managing Director of Chrysalis India Ltd. Jaisimha Jaithirth, who inaugurated the programme in the school at a simple function at the Doddappa Appa Sabha Mantap, it provides pre-schoolers with quality learning environment to achieve success at a rapid and dramatic rate.
He said studies showed that a child's brain developed most crucially in the first five years, preparing the child to perform better in a formal learning environment. The academic success of a child depended on a meaningful and goal-oriented learning experience.
The "I-Math" and Dino Art for pre-schoolers in the age group of 3 to 7 offer a comprehensive early mathematics syllabus. The programme shifted the focus from providing mere arithmetic or number skills to including many essential mathematical concepts as part of the syllabus.
Mr. Jaythirth said children possessed a natural inclination towards mathematics and the programme intended to extend the daily experiences of the child by weaving in mathematical content through well-planned exercises.
The programme exploits the child's ability to absorb abstract facts through the dominant right brain preferences. The syllabus is structured according to the stage of development of the brain to make learning systematic and process oriented. The teaching methods identify the concept to be taught, the teaching objectives and the topic-specific skill-set needed to reinforce the same.
He said the training imparted to the course instructors ensures that the child was encouraged to think independently, creatively and recognise the conceptual principles of any given mathematical concept.
School principal N.S. Devarkal said Sharanabasaveswara Vidya Vardak Sangh chairman Sharanabasavappa Appa was instrumental in sanctioning the project and introducing the same in the Sharanabasaveshwar Residential Public School.