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What is Abacus Mental Arithmetic?
Abacus-Mental Arithmetic first involves learning how to use the abacus to do addition and subtraction sums. Equipping with the knowledge of using the abacus to solve arithmetic sums, they will learn how to visualise the movement of the beads in their minds. Using this imagination, they will gradually learn to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums mentally at a fast speed.
What are the advantages of learning Abacus Mental Arithmetic?
Boost your child’s confidence when it comes to mathematics, develops 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 and many more.
Why there is still a need to learn Abacus in this Digital Age?
Our brains like our body need to exercise regularly to keep it fit and sharp. If not very soon, a simple task like adding 2 small numbers will become difficult. Learning the Abacus empowers you to quickly and easily perform mental calculations.
But my child will learn Maths in school
That is true. Your child will be introduced to numbers in school. However, learning the Abacus Mental Arithmetic will help your child to grasp the mathematical concept easier and less abstract. For example the concept of place value is easy to explain on the abacus. A child may confuse 27 with 207 for instance. He or she may wonder why 27 is not 2 and 7. On the abacus, it is clearly shown that 20 is two tens and 7.More importantly, this skill has proven to be beneficial in improving one’s mental capability, increasing one’s speed of response, memory power and concentration power.
Will my child be confused by the different methods taught in the school’s Maths class and in learning the abacus?
Children are receptive in acquiring a new knowledge. Since young, they are being exposed to different calculation methods. In preschool, they learn counting through objects, before using fingers. When they reach primary school, they will learn to calculate by breaking up the numbers using number bonds. They will not be confused by the different methods applied to derive the answer if they have built a good foundation in understanding the number concept. In fact with the various methods they are exposed to, they will understand the number relationship even better.
When is a good age to start?
The good time to start – As young as 4 years old. The right time to start is when they are able to count 0 to 9 in sequence, recognise the numerals and able to write 0 to 9.
How many stages are there for the whole course?
There are a total of 10 books to complete the entire program.
What is the duration of one lesson?
Each lesson lasts for 60 minutes and is on a weekly basis.
How can parents participate in their child's learning at home?
Parental support and involvement during the course of abacus learning is very important. Parents can encourage and monitor their child’s homework. Besides that, our teachers will highlight the child’s progress and provide guidance for parents to help their child at home.
I have no knowledge in Abacus, how can I help my child at home?
We are just a phone call away, we work closely with parents to assist them in guiding their children the correct way at home.