The abacus is a tool used by the Chinese since about 500 BC for the simplest of calculations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as fractions and square roots. Its inventor is unknown. A Chinese abacus is made up of a wood frame divided into two parts separated by a beam, with an upper deck of two rows of beads and a lower deck of five rows of beads. A series of vertical rods allows the wooden beads to slide freely. The abacus as we know it today did not appear in China until about 1200 A.D. Over time the abacus traveled to Japan and evolved into what it is called today: the soroban. A soroban is made up of a wooden frame divided into two parts separated by a beam, with upper deck of one row of beads and a lower deck of four rows of beads.
Learning Mathematics with the Abacus books help…
- boost your child’s confidence when it comes to mathematics.
- develop mental calculation abilities.
- provide a sense of achievement as the child’s proficiency improves.
- lead to greater mental capacity.
- promote intuitive thinking.
- enhance problem-solving capability.
- enhance creativity.
- improve concentration and mental endurance.
There is no good research available yet that identifies a specific age to start. Generally speaking, many children start learning to use the abacus between kindergarten and the 4th grade.
The difference between abacus calculation and traditional methods is profound, but difficult to summarize. Abacus calculation relies upon the manipulation of beads rather than the arithmetic processes with which we are familiar. Thus it is able to draw upon right-brain resources and the result is dramatically increased speed.
If a child starts the program prior to or concurrent with traditional methods, there is minimal conflict and the child will easily work within both systems. If a child starts the program later, having already received traditional foundations, there may be a slightly extended learning period for the child to accept and integrate the abacus method.
A student who has already demonstrated advanced ability in mathematics will benefit greatly from learning the abacus method. Relieved of the mechanics of arithmetic calculation, the student will be able to devote full attention to more advanced concepts in mathematics and uses of abacus.
If your child misses a regular class, then you can ask for a back-up class from your faculty, however the back-up class is for one hour and limited to 2 classes in a level.
If you believe your child has not understood the concept in the class, then you can reach out to the faculty for a back-up class.