1. Individual support
Talk to the child’s eyes. Make a voice that suits the child.
Even if you are working hard alone, always wrap it up with such a sense of security that “The teacher always cares about you.” It is our basic stance to face children as one person and respect individuality. And as long as you are dealing with a small child, no guidance is possible without confidence.
Careful consideration has a major impact on the education of the mind as well as the acquisition of abacus technique. Individual guidance that Ishido thinks is a way of education that continues to deepen relationships of trust with words, actions, and hearts.
2. Small steps
“You can do it.” This is a word that has been said many times in the educational field.
As an encouragement, it is important to change the feelings among the children, rather than throwing the words.
Therefore, we will prepare hurdles that suit each person and cultivate the ability to overcome them without giving up.
For those who are not confident, let them experience a small success.
Stimulate further improvement for early-stage children.
Each hurdle can be small.
By overcoming with your own power, you can finally realize even a big dream. I want to deliver the confidence and conviction that I can do it if I can do it in my daily life learning abacus.
3. Image control
ISHIDO-SHIKI has used “image control” in abacus education for children since this
concept was introduced in the Japanese sports world.
“Fantastic!” “Well done!”
When praised with positive words, the children feel their happiness as a sure joy and get the courage that leads to the next achievement.
Thus, you can acquire lifelong confidence, affirming your efforts.
In ISHIDO-SHIKI, we identify good aspects about children, praise them positively with forward-looking words.
4. Good manners
At ISHIDO-SHIKI, place a high value on independence and self-discipline in
In some cases, greetings, wording, and courtesy practices are taught more strictly than at home.
If a child drops a rubber on the floor, we might say “Please pick it up yourself”, or we may insist that he pack things with his own hand.
We also inculcate the importance of continuing.
The abacus the habit of persevering is essential. There are no tips to improve easily.
There is the strictness that “you have to keep doing it even if it is difficult”.
That’s why we try to work positively while incorporating fun in the training.
I try to gain the experience of working hard when I am child, so that when I become an adult. I will not give up as soon as I go out into society.
5. Exams, competitions
One of the main features of ISHIDO-SHIKI is that, through the rigour of competitions and tests, it allows children to accumulate tough experiences that the child will not encounter during practice alone.
The abacus competition is completely a battle with oneself, and it is a tough game where no one can blame others.
When the effort is made to turn 0.01 seconds into 0.001 seconds, the children at that time will work like adult athletes.
Excuses such as “I did well during practice …” will not work there. Even if you really get 100 points during practice, if you can’t get results in the actual examination, you will be faced with the same practice for another month. It is the kind atmosphere where laughter and tears
are separated by just one point.
Sometimes children who come in later than you or children in lower grades may even obtain better results than you. The path that leads from frustration to joy is an indispensable preparation for adult life in society.
6. Teacher development
In addition to supporting children’s growth through abacus education, teachers themselves must polish themselves and grow as human beings.
As teachers with a mission to constantly motivate children and foster the ability to open up the future, all ISHIDO-SHIKI teachers always engage in self-reflection.
Because we can’t teach our children about our daily greetings, abacus skills, and mindset, unless we can do these things ourselves without giving up.
ISHIDO-SHIKI instructors have acquired the Soroban Foundation of Japan (All Japan Abacus Federation) teacher qualification, and since their qualification, they have been working on new teaching methods and improving their skills through regular training.