Benefits of learning Abacus and how it’s linked to Math
Why Learn Abacus
90% of a child’s brain develops by the time they’re 5-6 years old. The child’s prime time for brain development occurs between the age of 3 – 6 years old where their brain develops faster and build the neural circuits that will be the foundation for later development before selectively pruned in their teenage years.
It is beneficial for the child to start learning Abacus between 4-6 years old as these are positive experiences that are crucial in helping the brain develop and build a strong foundation for other skills that the child may need in school and at later stages in life. Each newly acquired skill is best supported by a good foundation.
Thus, by having a good foundation and grasping the numeracy concepts earlier through Abacus, your child will not only get to excel in school but also build their confidence in Math!
Alignment with Our Local Math Curriculum
Jerome Bruner, an international cognitive learning theorist in educational psychology for young children pioneered the concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) approach which was adopted as a cornerstone of our local Math syllabus.
The CPA approach is an essential technique within the Singapore method of teaching maths for mastery.
Here’s how our abacus programme is aligned to the CPA approach.
How our programme benefits Math learning
Through Abacus, your child is trained to perform simple to complex mental calculations for life.
Abacus and mental arithmetic (anzan) enable students to arrive at answers accurately and quickly.
Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and decimals sums involving big numbers can be arrived at using abacus mental arithmetic.
Unlike other numeracy methods which rely on rote memorizing, abacus is a logical approach that can be applied to every new sum the student encounters.
In 2020, a group of researchers conducted a study to see how students competent in abacus fared against those who did not know how to use the abacus. Results showed that children skilled in mental abacus had significantly better non-symbolic number sense than the other children. Instead of memorizing blindly without understanding or depending on the calculator, empower your child to discover that they can work out the answers in their heads correctly and quickly!
Aside from academic benefits, there are plenty important lifelong soft skills and character development qualities that your child can cultivate as they progress in their journey with us. Your child will learn how to focus and foster leadership qualities which is a life-long skills.