## Our Programs

India Education Methods brings to the US two unique, effective, developmentally aligned math programs for young children.ﾊUnlike other programs that focus on memorization and repetition, our classes promote whole-brain development and grow studentsﾕ I.Q.

Did you know children

under 10 are right-brain dominant?

IEM programs harness the power of the right brain, and our classes make the most of this precious early childhood "window of opportunity."

- The right brain is where lateral thinking occurs: visualization, creativity, problem solving, estimation, comparison, spatial reasoning, and overall "big picture" thinking.
- The right brain learns best through rich sensory experience and exploration, which is the basis for all IEM activities.
- The right brain is also the seat of long-term memory, which means the mathematics we learn at IEM will stay with us for a lifetime.
- All IEM classes engage students in complex mathematics with a wealth of sensory and physical activities, connecting materials and experiences with abstract ideas.
- Every class features a team of two expert teachers with a maximum of 10 students.

IEM students grasp concepts at a fundamental level; instead of memorizing formulas and rules, they learn to ask questions and view math problems creatively. IEM teachers guide children to realize their creative potential and harness their imaginative skills.

Our two programs - I-Math and Smart Steps - Create thinkers, not followers.

- 3.5 to 7 years old - The I-Math program instills the fundamentals of math understanding. I-Math is divided into three levels.

- 7 to 9 years old - The Smart Steps program is the extension and application of math fundamentals. Smart Steps is divided into two levels.

## Why I-Math?

Our I-Math method is set apart from other enrichment programs. I-Math teachers create a wealth of ideal experiences to engage the right brain, making the most of early childhood right brain dominance.

The key to our unique approach is in our students' experience of math concepts instead of memorization. Children at these stages need time to explore ideas "in concrete form" before attending to abstract mathematical concepts; yet, conventional methods teach math by memorization and repetition ﾐ left-brained tasks such as timed tests, flash cards, and redundant homework.

The innovative use of concrete materials and physical and sensory experiences stands out as the defining and unmatched feature of the I-Math program. I-Math optimizes the right brain during childrenﾕs "window of opportunity," which allows them to balance the usage of right and left brain for the rest of their lives.

I-Math introduces these right-brain practices in the most elementary methods and progresses through more complex exercises until they are established and reinforced in the childﾕs mind. I-Math students are exposed to basic ideas through enjoyable and interactive assignments using real materials ﾐ building blocks, counters, fruit, clothing, picture cards, tangrams, lace boards, and more. The students learn to utilize sensory skills to recognize, visualize, and retain these concepts. They then gradually acquire the capacity to solve problems individually and make thoughtful and independent decisions.

*The method is based on a trilateral approach to understanding a given problem.*

- The Conventional Method is typical of many memorization techniques, as in this example: 2 + 2 = __. There is only one solution to this equation.
- The Reversible Method is what we generally consider "algebra," as in 2 + __ = 4. There is again only one solution to this equation.
- The IEM Method surpasses algebra and invites students to devise their own questions, as in __ + __ = 4. There are multiple solutions to this equation, and they can be expressed in an ordered set. The I-Math student delivers these permutations and patterns instead of single solutions, which demonstrates complete understanding of the concept as a whole.

## Why Smart Steps?

As students grow older, they move into left-brain dominance. At these stages, it is crucial for them to continue exploring math concepts in communicative, active ways. This is the guiding principle of Smart Steps. Students in this program apply and express their mathematics knowledge, building on their work in I-Math, school, and everyday life.

Smart Steps teachers challenge students to explore concepts together. They create a fun learning environment where students share ideas freely and reason with one another in meaningful, innovative mathematics experiences. In doing so, our students grow proficiency across all subject areas, which is the major feature of this unique approach.

This Smart Steps method helps students express their ideas both accurately and imaginatively in communicative problem-solving.

*They found:*

- Observation - "big picture" thinking with systematic checking for details
- Articulation - explanation of process, definition of criteria
- Combine - synthesis of varying perspectives as devised by students
- Refine - prioritizing and revising perspectives into an optimized process
- Shared understanding - full depth of understanding as a whole

When students share their methods of approaching a problem with classmates, they organize information from many different perspectives. Instead of facts to memorize, students experience math processes and applications firsthand.

All IEM classes train students in perseverance, speaking in front of a group, extending attention span, and dynamic communication skills, in addition to providing a deep understanding of rigorous mathematics.

## Want to know more?

We are passionate about mathematics for young children, and we look forward to speaking with you about how IEM classes can benefit your child. Please call us for a detailed explanation of all our programs and a free trial class.