In Marvel Kids school, the original HIKARI 光 mental arithmetic program is applied. Hikari in Japanese means light and symbolizes the process of learning and awakening (illuminating) our mental capacities. The program has a unique method originating from Japan, a cradle of mental arithmetic. It was created as a result of many years of work by psychologists, pedagogues and other experts in the field of education, and it is based on the use of the ancient calculating device abacus (算盤 jap. Soroban) . The program is based on the Total Brain Development Program and the VAK method (Visual Audit Kinesthetic).
- TBDP (Total Brain Development Program) represents a system of overall brain development that stimulates the activation of both brain hemispheres in the early stages of life. As a result of this activation, a series of mental abilities, such as memory, intelligence, concentration, imagination, are being improved.
- The VAK method (Visual – Audit – Kinesthetic) is a method developed on the basis of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and involves the inclusion of three senses (vision, hearing, touch) in the learning process. This technique could also be described as Visual – I see what you are telling me; Audible – It sounds good to me; Kinesthetic (body) – show me how to do it. Scientific researches have shown that the best results are achieved when in the learning process information is received though different senses because in that way the largest number of neuronal connections in the brain are activated. By such learning, the memory process reaches its maximum as the received information is transmitted from one brain hemisphere to the other, thereby activating the whole brain potential.
The program is intended for children aged 5 to 12 (ending with 14), because during this period child’s brain develops most dynamically. The program is flexible and carefully designed, taking into consideration the individual needs of each child. Learning is practiced in small groups (6-12 participants), through fun activities, various games and competitions, and the most important thing is relaxing and creative atmosphere and positive emotional relationships.
The goal of the program is for a child to maximally awaken his mental capacities and become Marvel Kids. Mental development is achieved in a fun and playful way, based on three key things: calculating abacus, mental arithmetic and didactic games. Using the abacus, both cerebral hemispheres are activated to achieve maximum intellectual potential. After mastering abacus work, students are able to perform complicated calculating operations such as 235 + 64 + 361 – 97 + 196 – 98 =…. without any tools, purely mentally, giving the correct answer in just a few seconds. This ability Marvel Kids keeps forever, possessing it throughout his life.