30 Dec, 2020
Although Abacus has been accepted as one of the most effective whole brain development programs by most parents, several still have this question 'Why Abacus for kids?'
This question needs to be answered because the parents must know how Abacus training would benefit their kids in their academic performance in the future? Secondly, they should also know which is the right age to initiate Abacus training for the kids.
Let us try to answer the first question first.
1) Lack of concentration and a not-so-good memory can be directly linked to a child's poor listening ability as they do not listen with apt attention to what the teacher says during a class. The poor listening level affects the overall performance of the child. Abacus training develops a natural habit of listening with adequate concentration. The improved concentration ensures retention of what is taught & learned.
2) Recalling the right thing at the right time plays a vital role in a student's performance and reflects vividly in exam results. We, too, have often encountered such situations during our exams when we could not recall a particular answer, despite having learned it well. We may remember the same later. Poor recall ability is responsible for this. Abacus training for kids improves their recall ability for a lifetime.
3) Fear of numbers is a common problem faced by several students. They hate numbers and math. The reason for this is the non-availability of any object to which they could relate or connect a number. Kids learn to relate everything to some object; for example, an Orange has a size and shape, and they relate to it and can easily understand it. But this does not happen with numbers. Since the kids cannot connect numbers with objects, this affects their logical understanding, resulting in disinterest and poor math performance. Over a period, it leads to math phobia. The Abacus tool comes in handy in providing them to equate the numbers with the beads (object); this eases their understanding and develops in them a liking for numbers. They learn to calculate accurately, thus adding to their confidence in assimilating numbers. During the training, the kids develop a love for math and out goes the Math fear. The kids undergoing Abacus training develop Mental Math skills, i.e., they can solve arithmetic questions mentally without the help of an external tool, with accuracy and a speed that invariably beats the calculator.
4) Abacus training is accepted as a whole brain development program for kids. The human brain has two hemispheres, the left and the right. The left part of the brain is responsible for logic, number, counting, and identification of black and white colors. The right part of the brain takes care of creativity, art, other colors, thinking, imagination, concentration, and recall. Abacus education, if initiated at the proper age, augments the development by activating both the hemispheres and promoting whole-brain development. Thus the outcome is enhanced concentration level, developed photographic memory, improved logical thinking ability, increased visualization capacity of the brain, enabling recall, and instilling apt listening ability. The gross outcome of the above development is improved grades for the child.
All experts universally agree that the right age to start training Abacus for kids is when they are 4 or 5 years old. The logic forwarded is that most of the development of the brain takes place at this age. The human brain develops and generates new brain cells during this period. The development of the neurons ceases after the age of 15 years. They have concluded that in a child, the brain develops almost 75% between this age.
They are also of the opinion that between 5 to 14, the kids can be involved in various activities to add momentum to the brain's development process. Moreover, the brain at this age is in a learning phase and easily adapts to new things. The learning of this age lasts a lifetime.
We all know that at this age, the responsibilities are the least, and so are the otherworldly burdens'. Their brain can easily learn new things, ideas, processes, etc., and adapt to these with the least difficulty. It is the right time to introduce them to new skills that will make their academic journey more pleasant.
I am sure the two most important questions of the parents have stand answered.
The next challenge for the parents is identifying the RIGHT Abacus classes for their kids.
When selecting the most appropriate Abacus class, one should keep in mind the distance to be traveled to attend the class. Long travels always tire the child and can also create disinterest in learning. Remember, Abacus is an after-school program.
To reduce traveling time, you can enroll your child in Online Abacus classes of Mastermind Abacus. They now have the Online Live Abacus E-Learning Platform along with their offline Abacus classes.
Training quality is another important point to consider before making a decision. If the teaching standards are not up to mark, the child will likely lose interest, drop out midway, and not complete the entire Abacus Training course of 8 levels.
Mastermind Abacus, be it their offline or online Abacus course, has made it highly engaging. While the teaching process in the offline Abacus Classes keeps the students involved throughout the class time, the Online Abacus Class is designed hi-tech and loaded with math-based abacus video games for class work, homework and practice. These have made the learning process with Mastermind Abacus way smarter and more effective as compared to any other Abacus class.
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