Children can usually start our course from the age of 3.  ISHIDO-SHIKI has no minimum age, so as long as the child has the basic skills and discipline required, and the parents’ support, they can start.

Counting from 1 to 10 with the fingers, being able read and write numbers from 0 to 9, and most importantly, respect others and follow the teacher’s instructions.

Ate the moment we are located only in BurJuman Centre, Dubai, but we have plans to open other branches in Dubai soon.

Parents are most welcome!  Unlike other schools, we not only allow parents to observe the teaching, but actually encourage them to do so.  That way parents can learn for free, and they can also support their children at home.  We are of the opinion that parents are our greatest allies in educating children, so we are always delighted to count with their support and involvement!

In the abacus course, we do not teach the school curriculum directly, but indirectly we do something much more powerful, that is, through abacus training, we strengthen the fundamental mental skills that underlie the solution of not just one particular problem, but of any mathematical problem.  These skills include: concentration, logical thinking, mental calculation, imagination, information processing, analysis and synthesis of geometrical figures and patterns, and more.  In other words, if mathematics is a tree, we don’t go for the leaves: we aim at the roots!  At the same time, our director, Mr. Rodrigo is an experienced mathematics teacher and holds an MPhil in Mathematics Education from the University of Cambridge, so that he has the required knowledge and experience to teach the logic behind the method, and to help children apply their abacus skills to the school curriculum.

Yes!  Soon we will reopen our Robot Programming school, and also start offering language courses (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, French). 

The most widely used abacus in India (and elsewhere) is the Japanese abacus.  It was originally invented in China, and it has been used in Japan for many centuries.  There, it was modified to its present form.  Hence, it is properly called the Japanese abacus.  Therefore, the instrument used in India and Japan is the same.  The difference lies in the methods of training and the standards.  The Japanese standard is the highest in the world, maintained by various federations, following a classification similar to the levels in Karate, including Kyuu and Dan.  We provide one of the most successful training methods in the world, built on centuries of Japanese tradition as well as innovation.