What is it: CMA Mental Arithmetic makes use of the abacus, an ancient Chinese counting instrument. CMA makes use of two-hand and four-finger techniques to stimulate both sides of the brain. As the lessons progress, the physical abacus is removed, and the student calculates by imagining the beads.
CMA believes that the left side of the brain is the primary force behind logical tasks like math. By imagining the abacus, the right side is also activated. As a result, students are taught to do mental calculation of large numbers.
Where to go: CMA Mental Arithmetic is found all over the Philippines. In Metro Manila, it's in St. Ignatius, Katipunan, Grace Christian Center, Ortigas Center, Jupiter, Makati Center, Valenzuela Center, D. Tuazon Center, and Alabang Center. It also has branches in The District, Dasmarinas Center, Guiguinto, Bulacan Center, and Lucena Center. In Visayas, CMA Mental Arithmetic is in Sacred Heart, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao. Contact their main office at (02) 584 9670 and (0917) 568 6875.