Abacus is the wonder tool used in several countries to teach children mathematics fundamentals like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Although Abacus is a simple primitive calculating tool, the way its benefits are reflected in the trainees, people often tend to give new nomenclature to this. Some also call it Abacus Math or Maths Abacus. The most important question to be answered is how does Abacus work and what are the other benefits of Abacus learning to children other than learning Math? Let us discuss this in the ensuing write-up.
If you have ever attended an Abacus Math or Maths Abacus competition, you would be able to relate to what I am trying to say. You will see kids calculating numerous digit sums mentally without using any instrument, neither Abacus nor a calculator or a notebook. They calculate faster than a calculator. This ability comes as a real surprise to the common people. And most importantly, the answer comes the moment the question is completed.
1. The child listens to the digits being dictated with great concentration, so they do not miss it.
2. They visualize the Abacus instrument and move the beads on this imaginary Abacus to get the value of the digit.
3. They constantly keep changing the position of the beads as per the digit and the arithmetic operator used.
4. They equate the value of the last position of the beads at the end of the question, recall it, and speak out the answer.
Math, in general, is a difficult subject for many students. Still, the Abacus students are continuously trained through this process in every Abacus Class they attend throughout the two and half year course of Abacus. This training makes the Abacus students experts in doing Mental Math with confidence and does away with any Math fear they might be having.
Usually, when we say a child is highly focused and has great concentration, we want to convey that the child listens carefully to what is being said, meticulously executes what is expected, rarely makes mistakes, and is sincere. Well, all these qualities get imbibed in a child undergoing Abacus training:
a. They become focused as they have to listen very carefully to the numbers as they get only one chance.
b. They execute meticulously (move the beads correctly) so that their calculations do not go wrong.
c. They are trained to answer every question accurately at a great speed.
This training helps the kids perform well in the other subjects, especially in topics involving graphic representations in the form of diagrams (biology), Geography, drawing, etc.
Since they can visualize several beads on the virtual mental Abacus, they develop excellent number sense and can remember numbers with several digits.
Although I should have put this as the first benefit, I preferred to jot it as the concluding one because this is the outcome of Teaching Math to the kids with Abacus.
When Abacus training is initiated, the child is made to move the beads with both hands. Since it is a proven fact that right-handed people have a more active left brain (over 90% of the world population is left-brain dominated), this activity of using both hands activates both the left and right hemispheres of the brain, thus triggering the Whole Brain Development.
As discussed above, you must have understood that the Abacus's advantage is not limited to only Mental Math or Maths Abacus. It has several other benefits like enhanced Memory & recall, ability to visualize to perfection, improved focus and concentration, development of logical thinking, etc. And all this is reflected in the increased confidence level and grades of an Abacus Trained child.
With as many benefits of Abacus learning as discussed above, if your child is yet not enrolled in an Abacus class, you should decide and register without further delay. But what is important is choosing the best Abacus Classes in your vicinity or an Online Abacus Class.
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