Everybody had great expectations on me. I had no other choice but to win, when seven-year-old Muskan Shivani,level 1 (below 8 years) champion of SIP Prodigy 2009 Abacus and Mental Arithmetic regional contest,speaks with implausible clarity and confidence of an adult,one wouldnt be surprised to hear from her that she wasnt even nervous while writing the exam along with the other 2,100 children from across the state. I had prepared well and was confident that I will win, she adds.
She is one of the two children from the Brain Gym Learning Centre,Kondhwa to become champions in the competition held at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City on February 15 the other being six-year-old Kirti Agarwal,who won the pre-school contest AMAL. The centre had 31 winners in different categories.
She never sought any help from me. She enjoyed practicing it; preparing for abacus was never a burden for her. I feel her confidence level has increased a lot, says Parveen Shivani,mother of Muskan,who was also the national champion for 2008 competition.
Muskan had given 72 right answers while Kirti gave 53 right answers in five minutes for the 125 questions asked.
We never had to force her to do the Abacus home works. She loves doing it, says Manoj Agarwal,Kirtis father.
Abacus is not just about maths. Its about developing analysis power and building confidence. We dont have a typical classroom atmosphere here. A lot of overall improvement could be seen in a child after some classes, says Clifford Paul,head of Brain Gym Learning Centre.
Muskan is a class two student of Vibgyor High International school while Kirti is a 1 st standard student of Hutchings High School.
I feel on top of the world,it wasnt a surprise for me though. Both of them were confident and prepared well, says Muneera Dalal,teacher of both the children at the centre.
Muskan is preparing for the international abacus contest,which is scheduled to be held in Indonesia in October.