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Both of our children started JAMS of Portland when they were in Kindergarten. They read books all the time so I was not worried about reading. However we felt that for them to succeed in math, they needed a good foundation to build their confidence early. So we started them with JAMS and we have been very pleased. They are in second and fourth grade now. Because of JAMS, they have no problems keeping up with school math. At times, they would say that school math is too ease 🙂
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George Oji
I highly recommend Japanese Abacus Math School of Portland to any parent interested in helping their child develop math skills. We live in Hawaii and my son attends virtual classes. We started when COVID hit and schools shut down as a way to supplement my son's learning. Schools are fully open again but we've chosen to continue with abacus because of the tremendous benefit. I've seen a big improvement not only in my son's math skills but also his ability to concentrate and persevere through difficult problems. The owner, sensei Miwako, is wonderful as well as the other teachers. We are very happy!
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Daniela De Abreu
We are grateful to have found JAMS for our children, esp during the COVID-19 pandemic. The teachers genuinely care not only about the students and their progress, but also for the wellbeing of their parents. One of our children has dyslexia, and the doing math with the physical beads has been an immense help. We cannot thank JAMS enough for their sincere efforts and their no-nonsense demeanor!
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Eunice Todd
Our son started with JAMS online last year. What started out as a possible summer activity has turned into a very positive experience. He loves math and JAMS has been able to augment it further, which is evident in his excitement to attend (in-person) classes or do the homework. We see his analytical and quantitative thinking also improving along with his math and problem solving ability. Credits to the excellent teachers who are very disciplined, patient, caring and know how to nurture your child's interest. We are very happy with the experience and would totally recommend JAMS!
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Meena Venkat
It was an absolute good decision to bring my both kids in Abacus math school. They have improved significantly in their calculation and math skills. They have also become independent in solving math question. Teachers are also very helpful and do what each kid needs.
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Biplob Daas
We enrolled our 5 year old son at JAMS in March 2021 to keep him engaged and grow his love for numbers. We’re amazed at how patient and dedicated all the staff is, at JAMS. To keep a 5 year old, engaged and attentive, during online classes is quite the feat, but all the teachers do that so wonderfully.We’ve seen so much growth in our son already - not just with Math but also his confidence and attention span. He loves flaunting his newly acquired skills - be it multiplication or addition/subtraction using the abacus, to friends and family. We love seeing him so excited about his Abacus classes and want to thank everyone at JAMS for making such a positive impact on our family. Our son looks forward to his abacus class every week and is very excited to meet his teachers when he starts in-person classes this winter!With all that said, we are definitely a work in progress. Getting him to finish his homework before the mid-week class, is a struggle on some days. Thanks to Sensei Miwako; we may have a strategy at play here.That’s a small struggle, compared to how much we’ve seen our kindergartener grow and thrive! Our sincere gratitude to everyone at JAMS.Anuja
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Anuja Shah
Our son has been with the JAMS program for the past 6 months. He thoroughly enjoys it. The program is extremely well structured, managed and presented to the students. Teachers take full responsibility of guiding the child through it which is important since we do not have any background in abacus math. It was exciting to see the progress in our child in doing calculations. But the most importantly we also found that the program also built focus and discipline and I would highly recommend it.
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Erandi Liyanaa
All the teachers are professional and genuinely care about your child’s progress. They go the extra mile in recognizing your child’s aptitude for Math. This is a totally different math experience that my 3rd grader has witnessed and abacus has exceeded our expectations in every way. For us, it was vital that our child enjoys math while she enhances her skills and abacus provides both! The owner is extremely observant and works meticulously with each child. Thank
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Aarsi Aggarwal
Since we have started our daughter with this program, she has made leaps and bounds with her math skills. The teachers have been very impressive with with their ability to teach several students at a time online successfully. Her confidence has Grown as she continues with the program
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Deborah James
My daughter has made very good progress during her 7 months at JAMS, and the teachers, classes, and materials are excellent. I recommend JAMS for any parent who wants their child to learn abacus skills.
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Theresa House
JAMS Portland - The best abacus teachers your could find ! More than the ability to use the abacus instrument, JAMS has made my kid enjoy Math and he is 2 grades ahead- this is a life long gift!. Arithmetic is something we do every time, JAMS gives kids this ability to do it in their head - way faster than a calculator. It takes significant dedication from both the kid as well as parents. I consider it as a life investment for my kid - so far it has given us the best returns 🙂 Thanks to the JAMS teachers for their motivation and energy !
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Kavya Vasanth
My wife signed up our children of 5 and 8 years old after hearing that schools are dumbing down kids with common core math. I was a bit concerned about the cost of the tuition initially, partly because I was comparing it to the value of other after school activities.After just one quarter of class, I’m now blown away at the results we’ve seen. We’ve expected our 8 year old to do well, but what’s amazing is that our 5 year old is motivated and tackling math with confidence. Our kids feel encouraged after every class, and I think that can be attributed to the great teaching. The teachers and the programs are professional and top notch. I don’t know why schools don’t teach abacus instead of common core.
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Tony Chan
This Soroban school provides an amazing learning environment for cultivating discipline and skill in mathematics, despite the fact that our son has been taking the lessons 100% remotely. The teachers are always punctual, fair, and patient. Seeing his own success in class, our son has learned to do homework by himself without much encouragement.
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Alex D
My son is currently a third grader. He started with JAMS this past summer exclusively online since we live out of state and is now continuing into the winter term. My husband himself learned abacus as a child and his ability to do math in his head just blows me away. I know that if my son, or any child for that matter, sticks with abacus to the highest level, he can be faster than a calculator. But this is not the reason why I signed him up. I wanted him to have a tool for mental exercise that, once learned, no one can take it away from him and it will aid him in more ways than he will realize. Another main draw with JAMS is their teachers! They love what they do and they're devoted to their students-- it's more that you can ever ask for from teachers.
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Benjarat Changyaleket
We enrolled at JAMS during the pandemic to supplement our son's online Math lessons from school. As we look back after at the incredible year of tutoring from the JAMS staff we feel like our son has learnt a lot more than just Math. His discipline and attention span have certainly improved along with his math skills. Without the relentless efforts from your staff (esp. Mai-san, Mika-san, Kana-san and others), we possibly wouldn’t have seen what our son can accomplish today. We are grateful for what you do for our family. With Much Appreciation - Nikhil
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Nikhil Lynne
Our 2nd grade daughter joined JAMS last year with virtual classes due to the pandemic. We were not sure how productive it would be considering no in person class, but to our surprise, the teaching methodology, practice materials and active feedback loops with teachers, kicked and kept the momentum high throughout the year. It is definitely challenging but requires discipline and dedication and a lot of time investment from parents to be successful. We have seen our daughter become super confident in Abacus in just one year. The only wish, we should have started her earlier 🙂 . Definitely recommend!
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PUNeet Sharma
We have been going to JAMS for almost 7 years now. We started with our daughter and now our younger one goes there too. It is a school to learn math using the abacus but it is so much more. It taught our kids discipline, resilience and confidence in test taking and competing. I enrolled my second one at the age of 5 and I felt overwhelmed when first day of class he started crying. I spoke to Sensei and told her that I was taking him out; Lets start next quarter. Little did i know then, that JAMS will become an important part of his life. He loves going to JAMS, is super disciplined about finishing his HW and more so, he is fond of Sensei Miwako. It is one big family where you talk about the mistakes and get rewards for your success. Ultimately, its not just about the math but its the life skill that Sensei Miwako greatly imparts. I highly recommend this place.
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Pradnya Patil
Our daughters (8 and 6) have been going to JAMS for last two years now. When my wife first got them enrolled I thought this was expensive and I was not sure if our kids were too young to get value out of this. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Going to the class has built a strong foundation for them in maths and I am amazed at their mental math skills. They constantly impress people at parties with their mental math skills. The senseis are good, professional and provide you an accurate picture of your child’s progress. One advice I would have for parents is that your personal involvement is needed.. the sensei is not a replacement for a parent. Your kids will progress more if you are engaged. We stay on top of the girls homework and give them math puzzles to solve while driving around.. it’s not a lot but still that gentle push from parents is needed. Overall very satisfied with our experience and would totally recommend this place!
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Kush Pathak
My daughter is in first grade and has been part of this school for about 1 year . During the initial assesment Sensei Miwako hinted that our daughter's graph would be exponential to grasp the concepts and problem solving skills, we were little bit skeptical about it but after 1 year we could witness a confident child with an incredible improvement not only in solving complex 4th grade math problems, concentration skill, memory power but also developed a positive attitude towards life. We strongly believe this experience would extend the horizons of our child to become a better individual .All the Sensei have lot of experience and have an uniqueness in teaching the kids. They were very punctual in starting the classes and exactly know how to utilize their time efficiently for the betterment of kids.During the pandemic times, it was very impressive the way Mika Sensei and team handled the technology providing a seemless experience to the kids and parents.We hardly had any glitches with the scheduling and classes.We would definitely recommend this school if just not the kid's grades is your criteria but an overall 360 degree development to handle any situations in life.
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Ram Tadepalli
My kids have been going to Jams over 3 years now. Jams teachers have not only given them academic push to a great extent but all taught them life lessons over time. They have been taught to be good human beings ,respect your parents and also discipline which is lacking in our education system .They not only teach the child to be independent but take responsibility of his or her success or failure at a young age.Sensei at jams has guided us every time we needed someone to guide us with experience they had throughout their lives.I always look forward to taking her view point when I take decision for my kids. She is very disciplined and particular but at the same time loves the children and is concern about their futures. I feel very lucky to have her as a guiding source and respected teacher in my kids lives. They are just Excellent.
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Jesal Kothari
Anyone looking to invest into the long-term success of their child's education will appreciate all that the JAMS has to offer. If you are a parent that can trust the process, then you and your child(ren) will see results immediately. I had one daughter that did well in math and the other one hated math. They both were able to do calculations on the abacus faster than my husband just after 3 days. Both girls received an A in math after one term. Actually, my daughter that hated math has maintained an A+ in math. And both girls placed 2nd and 3rd place in their first math competition after 2 terms. Lastly, the lessons taught by JAMS goes beyond just math. They are foundational lessons that can be applied to all areas of life.
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Pardio Fitness (LaTosha Wilson)
Our five-year-old daughter began classes at JAMS eight months ago. In that time, she has learned to add, subtract, and multiply. The abacus makes math "hands on," helping her visualize and tackle large numbers that are usually beyond the grasp of someone her age. The lessons are challenging and empowering. We see how the confidence she derives from her newfound math skills also translates to other types of learning. We really appreciate the dedicated teachers and small virtual class sizes at JAMS. Our daughter looks forward to her abacus class every week. It's heartwarming and exciting for us to see!
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Dane LW
My daughter is in first grade has been doing JAMS classes online for almost a year. It has been an amazing process to see her learn with the Abacus as well as seeing her self-confidence and focus increasing as well! With COVID, it has been a difficult year in many regards, but math is now a happy part of our daily routine. At first, it was hard to imagine her progressing with just online instruction, but the excellent teachers at JAMS have made it happen!
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Michelle Bahr
My daughter Tanvi joined JAMS a year ago. She started during the pandemic and is attending classes virtually. JAMS developed confidence in my daughter after few months, it was great to see her progress even without attending the classes in person. JAMS teachers are very supportive and encourage kids to be independent. Now, I see her more confident and is faster in solving math problems with her Abacus techniques. Thanks to all the JAMS teachers.
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sirisha d
Lara started at JAMS March of last year, right when the first ‘stay at home’ order was issued, and businesses shut down for in person. She had never used an abacus before and had no idea how to manipulate it. She started online and struggled in the beginning. The teachers were understanding, responsive and most importantly encouraging. Any concerns we had, the head of the program met with us and patiently listened, offered solutions, and commended our daughter for sticking with the program and always trying. What amazes us most, is how the teachers were able to teach, not just the math but the use of the abacus, with speed and accuracy without ever being in the same room as her. Her love of math and confidence in herself has grown so much this past year, we could not be more grateful! Lara is SO proud of herself. We would recommend this program to anyone looking to give their kids mental math skills that are consistent and stay with them forever, independent of the schools they attend and independent of new ways and ideas that trend in teaching math.
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Zella Cherchian
My son became a JAMS student about a year ago. This has been such a positive experience for us even though we are in the bay area (this has been an online experience). I particularly value the discipline and the perseverance he is developing. We love JAMS! Highly recommend to every child.
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Jigisha Shah
My daughter joined JAMS about 18 months ago and from the start she really enjoyed the challenge of learning this approach to math. Aside from her improved math ability we also saw a boost in her overall level of confidence and concentration. When the pandemic hit a few months later we were a bit skeptical in whether this could be learned virtually. Fortunately, Sensei Miwako and the JAMS team rose to the challenge! The transition was seamless. My daughter continues to thrive in the nurturing environment that JAMS provides and is now passing on these skills to her younger sister. Thank you, JAMS!
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Grace Hahn
We had a terrific experience at JAMS! The teachers are outstanding. Along with teaching math, they make the students independent and self-sufficient.
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Poulami Mitra
Our family has been so incredibly pleased with our daughter's experience with JAMS. Our daughter started almost exactly a year ago and it is amazing to think of the progress she has made in that short time. Her experience has been entirely virtual during this year but that did not hinder her learning one bit. Huge thanks to the entire team who has supporting our little one this past year.
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Jaime Schwartz
This past September my oldest started learning abacus at Jams Portland. Initially, I was a bit concerned with the program being online. However after six months, I am thrilled to say my daughter is more confident, focused and engaged. I've seen a significant improvement in her approach to problem solving at school, as well. Due to the positive impact, we decided to enroll my youngest daughter in the program this Winter term. Highly recommend!
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Carmen Perezchica
One of the best decisions I took for my daughter is to enroll in JAMS.I was skeptical about her online class since our family is in Michigan believed in Sensei and her team. And as a result My daughter is showing great improvements in both Abacus and Anzan and is ahead of her peers in school which surprised me as a parent. Now I have total confidence in JAMSOur sincere thanks to Sensei and her team.
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Anjana Rao
Have a Kindergartener who has been going to JAMS for almost a year now. Great for improving number sense and introducing kids to the basic arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Online classes have been working well in the Covid era. Teachers ensure webcams are focused on the student's work and pay attention to the work the student is doing and help as required. Small class size of ~ 4 students enables 1:1 teaching. Kids are focused and concentrating on their work the entire duration of the class. Have been seeing continuous improvement/big boost in calculation skills throughout the year. Our kindergartner enjoys the class.
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Rajnish Sinha
We have been part of JAMS from fall last year. This has been such a positive experience for us even though we started totally as an online class since pandemic and it was best decision. The teachers are so dedicated and give attention to each and every child. Its just been few months since we started, but the progress I see in my daughter has been amazing. She is developing time management, mental acuity and the discipline she needs to love what she does and the perseverance in getting her work done. Her confidence and math skills have soared. I sincerely thank Sensei Miwako for her guidance even to us as parents too on how to help my child to reach her full potential. We love JAMS! Highly recommend to every child.
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Sue Gade
My two girls are way ahead of their peers on their math curriculum at school. Thanks to Miwako Sensei, Mai Sensei, and Mika Sensei. My older one (8) had problems focusing, seating and doing work quietly. But thanks to JAMS now she can focus for 1.5 hours straight with no problem! I recommend JAMS for any parent looking into providing a more sophisticated math education to their children.
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Lucy Kairalla
We have been part of JAMS from fall last year. This has been such a positive experience for us even though we started totally as an online class since pandemic and it was best decision. The teachers are so dedicated and give attention to each and every child. Its just been few months since we started, but the progress I see in my daughter has been amazing. She is developing time management, mental acuity and the discipline she needs to love what she does and the perseverance in getting her work done. Her confidence and math skills have soared. I sincerely thank Sensei Miwako for her guidance even to us as parents too on how to help my child to reach her full potential. We love JAMS! Highly recommend to every child.
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Sudha Gade
My son is going to JAMS Abacus class since January last year. Ever since he joined his Math skills has improved to a larger extend and he has become more independent in doing his homeworks. His addition, subtraction and multiplication skills have become better.
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Kanimozhi Karuppan
My daughter goes to JAMS from last 2 years. They teach Abacus & Anzan techniques to do math faster. which will help student improve in focus and smarter. They have skilled teachers and very disciplined. Booklets are great to practice. Some times booklets are repeated when student make some mistakes. which makes kids feel boring doing same thing again. Instead, i recommend to give new problems which makes kids more interesting. To avoid making mistakes, i feel that teacher should make sure that student understand the concept before they start practicing it. Tuition fee is little expensive at beginner level. Overall feel great in sending my kid to JAMS and recommend.
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Krishna Posam
We have been JAMS parents for more than 5 years now. For our now 10yr old, abacus has become a part of her identity. She went from the kindergartner staying awake to finish her homework to fifth grader that can do math faster than both her parents.Many of my friends asked me why enroll the kid in JAMS when they can flip open the calculator app on their phone. I find this question analogous to spelling bee. Why teach our kids to learn the correct spellings of words when they can use spell check for their essays? Learning how to spell teaches them the origin, meaning and etymology of the words. Learning Abacus has taught my child perseverance, effective time management, humility and increased her memory power and mathematical aptitude by leaps and bounds.Sensei Miwako taught my daughter not just computation but the power of determination. The 7-digit numbers that once seemed daunting to her are now her best friends. The annual competition that Sensei organizes taught her to take inspiration from the winners AND be humble about her own successes. Sensei plays an extraordinary role in shaping my kid's personality and I wholeheartedly recommend JAMS- it is definitely not a sprint, it is a marathon, a skill that stays with our kids for the longer run.
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Raaga's Fun Kitchen
My son is going to JAMS Abacus class since January last year. Ever since he joined his Math skills has improved to a larger extend and he has become more independent in doing his homeworks. His addition, subtraction and multiplication skills have become better.
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Kani Babu
My son is studying in jams. Ever since he joined his math skills has improved very much.
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Delhi Durai
JAMS has been really good for my kid - he is a kinesthetic learner and ABACUS suits him! It has increased his focus as well.
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Ritochit Chakraborty
My kid Aadrito is going to JAMS classes for last two and half years. I have been amazed to see the skill and discipline been instilled upon him by Sensei Miwako in the class. Not only he has developed his skill in abacus but more importantly the confidence. JAMS is very focused and their professionalism has a personal touch too. I have seen Sensei taking extra care for my kid after hour when my kid is finding something difficult. They know each child's strength and weakness and teach them accordingly. As my kid says " I love Abacus and I wish I can spend more time in JAMS"
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abhisek sarkar
This school has really helped my kids focus in general and excel in math and school their school work.
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brian kugel
My elder son has been going to JAMS since last 4 years. He started when he was 5 years old and has developed his love for maths since then. JAMS does not only teach maths but also fosters focus, discipline and sense of responsibility in my child. He is now able to manage his time efficiently in all areas in life. Looking at his success we started our younger son 2 years back. Initially it was a struggle as he could not even sit and focus for few minutes at a time. In last one year he has shown tremendous improvement in listening and focusing and getting his work done in time. JAMS has also developed confidence in him. We are blessed to have such a dedicated staff at JAMS. Teachers Miwako and Mika Sensei are exceptionally smart teachers, tough and affectionate at the same time. We feel so fortunate to be part of JAMS family.
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mohit Haran
Our kids love going to JAMS!!! Sense is supper caring and she knows the kids very well. Kids are so respectful of Sense and want to learn!
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Samudra Kugel
Teachers at JAMS not only teach math but also the qualities needed in life to become disciplined person. I am really thankful to Miwako sensei from the bottom of my heart to teach my kids those qualities in life. Thankyou ????
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Jesal Kothari
My kids have all studied at JAMS. They all do well in math in school and grasp new concepts very quickly. Their study habits are well-developed, and I believe it is from the JAMS classroom environment and the regular homework. Their pride in solving math problems is well-deserved, and they have a sense of accomplishment from their skill. I believe they enjoy and appreciate math deeply because of their strong foundation from JAMS.
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Caroline Roberts
The JAMS Abacus learning experience for my child (student for the last 4+ years) has been amazing. It goes beyond developing excellent computation skills; the teachers role model dedication and do a fantastic job inspiring and motivating children to develop higher self confidence and achieve outstanding results in whatever they set out to do. Highly recommended!!!
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Prahalad Parthangal
Our daughters (8 and 6) have been part of JAMS family for a year and a half. JAMS have helped take all intimidation away and develop love for math with building confidence. We highly recommend joining them.
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anam arik
What a jem of a place. This is more than just math for kids, it is also focus and discipline skill building. Have had our daughters enrolled for year and half now, and they love it!
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Kenan Arik
My elder boy has been going to JAMS abacus for last 4 years. He loves Maths, and just have fun with numbers all the time and feels comfortable with them. He definately has more focus and concentration. Sensei is great, she is tough with kids but helps them achieve their goals and teaches them value of hard work, persistance and perseverance. We started our younger child also and hoping to develope same qualities in him.
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Shalini Gupta
Before joining JAMS, my daughter cannot sit/focus more than 10 mins. Now i can see her gradually increasing her focus time. She can calculate numbers in mind so fast. I highly recommend JAMS.
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Priyanka Katta
I feel so blessed to send my son to Jams Abacus School. Sensei Miwako trains each and every child with utmost care and responsibility. She teaches not only abacus but a sense of dedication and responsibility to children. I have seen a huge interest for numbers for my son over last one and half years. His growth has been remarkable. I would highly recommend this place to everyone.
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Priyanka Bose
My two sons attended JAMS, and the immediate impact on our entire family was amazing. The children became responsible, focused and of course, gifted in mental math skills in a matter of weeks of starting at JAMS. This translated into success across all subjects and disciplines and the results showed in TAG testing at school, piano lessons and even on the playground.JAMS and its teachers truly impart life skills that help children excel within and beyond the classroom. The disciplined environment in the class is balanced with the affectionate teaching by the teachers who take a lot of time to customize the learning path for each student. My boys are uniquely different in how they approach life, and yet they love JAMS equally.There are many tutoring centers that will teach your children any given subject or syllabus. But, if your goal is to give your child exceptional skills to succeed across all subjects and in life, JAMS and its experienced teaching team of Miwako, Mika and Mai Senseis are the best partners any parent can ask for.I am grateful to JAMS for being a part of our lives, thank you JAMS.
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Ruchira Dasgupta
My kids developed interest in Math after joining Jams
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Minal Patil-Zope