Early Years Education In Malaysia – Math Monkey

Grab Math by its Vedic tail!

Grab Math by its Vedic tail!

Math Monkey’s key selling points are:-

  • Using Vedic Math
  • Teaching Maths in a fun, game-based manner

Vedic Math?

Although the word Vedic can be associated with the Vedas, a set of sacred ancient Hindu texts, Vedic Math is 100% religious free. And no, students don’t sit around cross-legged meditating for enlightenment on Maths. Rather, Vedic Math is a system of Maths based around 16 sutras, or principles.

Simply put, Vedic Math is an approach that allows children to perform calculations mentally with great accuracy, simplicity and speed. Not convinced? Click the link below to have a go, you’ll find it’s a lot more interesting than how we used to learn Maths.

Vedic Math Tutorial

Maths is fun, Maths is good!

According to Math Monkey:

“Cutting-edge instructional design based on the most progressive brain research ensures that Math Monkey’s curriculum gives kids the “mind-tools” they need to succeed. Our game-based program combines the beauty and wisdom of Vedic math with an environment that encourages children to question, organize, interpret, develop insight, analyze, synthesize and self-evaluate. This approach to educating empowers learners with skills that are transferable to the process of real life problem solving.”

I don’t know much about cutting-edge instructional design or progressive brain research, but if the kids have fun, and they’re learning Maths that I myself find interesting then hey, it can’t be too bad, right?

What are classes like?

Classes are 80 minutes long, once a week, with students aged from 5 to 12. Essentially, a class is comprised of at most 12 students, with 2 teachers present. I didn’t see any price listings, so I’d assume each centre has its own price structure. Nonetheless, they offer free assessments and trials, or you can just observe a class at work.

Here are Math Monkey’s location and contact details, along with some media coverage.

Math Monkey is one of many Early Years Education (EYE) methods available. See how it compares with other methods, such as homeschooling and Montessori.  And don’t forget to click the Share button below if you liked the article!

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by MS Ong on 15 August, 2009 at 4:10 am

    as a instructor in MathMonkey for last 12 months…
    i found that it is a place where kids build interest in Maths. this subject no more dull, not difficult anymore…

    kids like to play, so game time is the most wanted session to them. in Math Monkey, they have to slove as much as possible question within the time given to gain chances to play. in this case, they practice Math mentally & speedly.

    Reply

  2. Hi MS Ong! Thanks for joining in.

    Could you tell us a bit more about game time? What exactly do the kids do?

    And I’m just curious, do they have homework as well?

    Reply

  3. Posted by Elsie on 16 August, 2009 at 5:24 am

    My four year old daughter, Zoey Davina Chandran, has recently completed Green Monkey Troop Module 1 from the Math Monkey program.

    I noticed that …

    Her face would light up with smiles telling us that during lesson time, she enjoyed playing games with her classmates.

    Zoey understands her lessons in class and therefore immediately tackles her homework assignment handed out by her class teacher.

    She is friendly, well-liked (feedback from other parents) and always looks forward to attend her classes each week.

    Most of all, Zoey LOVES MATHS!

    Reply

    • Hi Elsie! Thanks for sharing!

      How long has Zoey been on the program, and what kind of Math is she doing at 4 years old? I think when I was 4, I was struggling to just learn how to write! 🙂

      What kind of games does Zoey play?

      It’s a good thing Zoey enjoys it, otherwise, 4 years old already have to do homework, poor thing! 😉

      Reply

  4. Posted by Elsie on 16 August, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hello Mark,

    Zoey’s Green Monkey program runs for 36 weeks and splits into 3 modules of 12 weeks each. With the completion of Module 1, she has learnt number recognition, order and sequencing, greater than and less than which is designed to give her a head start in number sense and reasoning. Currently, she is being introduced to the concept of addition using visualization. It was a struggle for me too at that age.

    She plays interactive games in Math Monkey class which integrate the concept of Vedic Math.

    The few pages of homework serve as a revision for Zoey. I view homework as OUTPUT to learning after the INPUT is done in class. 

    Reply

    • Hello again Elsie,

      Sounds like a good program, not only more interesting than other programs, but more effective as well. How much does it cost?

      And perhaps most important of all, it’s great that Zoey’s enjoying it. A lot of people would debate on what is considered expecting too much from children when they’re too young.

      Reply

  5. thanks for sharing! i will enlist my daughter in 5 years time ! 🙂

    Reply

  6. Haha, there’s other programs more suitable to your daughter’s age you know. 🙂

    Doesn’t have to be ESP classes! Have you considered baby signing?

    Reply

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