Saturday, August 2, 2008

Math made fun!

"Math made fun!"
Sun.Star Davao, Aug. 2, 2008

How do you make learning Math interesting to kids?

Hands-on mom Lynn Pamela Coyukiat-Go has these simple tips for parents, “First, praise your child generously and often. In addition, be patient with the child and don’t be anxious about his/her learning rate. 
And, lastly, create a home environment conducive to the child’s learning, including the use of supplementary materials”.

Lynn has personally taken this precious advice to heart when she became a franchisee and instructor of the first E-nopi Center in Davao.

“E-nopi is a long-term international supplementary education program for Math and English that calls for students to learn independently and proactively. It allows a child to advance steadily at a pace comfortable to him or her so that he or she can achieve his or her full potentials”, shares Lynn who is married to businessman Jonathan Go.

This program was founded by the Korea Math Research Academy, publisher of Noonnoppi Math in 1976. In 2003, Daekyo Philippines Noonnoppi Inc. was established in Manila and opened its first E-nopi Center in August 2005.

In Davao, Lynn started her E-nopi Center in September 2007 with co-instructor Mary Rose Garcia. She learned about the program from her good friend and business partner, Michelle Chiong-Galbo, who has three kids enrolled in the E-nopi Cebu-Banilad Center.

“Michelle raved about E-nopi. Her kids loved it because it was enjoyable. This gave me the idea to bring E-nopi to Davao”, Lynn reveals.

As of January 2008, there are already 50 E-nopi Centers around the Philippines and its members have reached the 3,000 mark.

E-nopi Math

“One of the features of E-nopi Math is its eye-level learning. The program was founded based on a simple but very powerful thinking: understanding a child from his or her perspective”, the 35-year old Lynn discloses.

She explains that the core of E-nopi’s philosophy is that each and every child is unique and as such, their needs are different. A child will learn faster if he/she gets personalized attention from a qualified instructor even for a few minutes a week. By doing this, E-nopi offers to children what a teacher in a crowded class cannot offer.

Another feature of E-nopi is its goal to develop the child’s overall mathematical and logical thinking ability. E-nopi is composed of 2 parts: the Basic Thinking Math (BTM) and the Critical Thinking Math (CTM).

BTM is all about understanding concepts, developing the calculation ability through practice and applying these concepts through word problems. .

On the other hand, CTM focuses on advanced concepts and applications based on BTM. Through simultaneously doing activities in BTM-CTM, the child develops his/her mathematical thinking and logical thinking ability.

The use of systematic study materials for all levels is another significant feature of the program. The materials develop the students’ ability to solve problems independently.

An interactive teaching methodology is also a noteworthy feature of E-nopi. The instructor asks questions, instead of explaining the concept, to enhance the analytical ability of the child. As a result, the interaction between the teacher and the student is not only providing the booklets, but integrated healthy discussion as well.

“Feedback from our instructors includes assessment of your child’s learning progression. E-nopi believes that communication is an integral part of education”, says Lynn who has 2 lovable kids, Louise Jillian, 6 and Nathaniel Bryce, 2.

Finally, E-nopi Math also prides itself in developing the child’s critical thinking skills through the use of teaching tools such as Blocks and Shapes; Mirror; Colored Blocks; Thinking Cube; among others.

Math made fun!

“A lot of kids really dislike Math. However, we are fortunate that our students, who are as young as 4 years old, enjoy Math because of the colorful and animated worksheets that we use. They also love the teaching tools, which for them, is more like playing than learning. We try to make learning exciting so that the kids will not feel bored. We believe that learning need not be stressful for children”, Lynn says.

Registration fee (one-time payment) for E-nopi is at P390 while the monthly tuition fee is P1,980 per subject (Math and English). A one-month deposit of P1,980 per subject is likewise required. The schedule is two times a week for 30-45 minutes per session.

Currently, E-nopi Center-Davao is implementing their loyalty incentive program which favors a child who enrolls in both Math and English subjects, enrollees with siblings, and a child who has been enrolled for 3 months. For this program, the tuition fee goes down to P1,780 per subject/per month. Advanced notice will be given as soon as the center reverts back to their regular tuition fees.

“We are very happy because, so far, the responses of the students and their parents have been positive. I have received comments such as the child was upset for being absent from E-nopi. Or, the child is always asking their parents when they are going to E-nopi. These statements mean that the kids look at E-nopi as a fun and stimulating activity”, Lynn enthuses.

And, this makes teaching Math so fulfilling and inspiring for Lynn!

E-nopi Center-Davao is located at 2nd floor, LMGG Bldg., Mabini cor. Avancena Sts., D.C. Tel. no. 3002134.

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