FOCUS Mental Math

Abacus Math

Abacus is considered the most effective way to initiate math for young children and sharpen math skills for everyone in the 21st century.

Learning abacus provides a stimulation that is socially responsive and intellectually congruent for the growth of brain cells. It is encouraged that kids start with the Abacus Math program as early as possible once they can count from 0 to 10. Relatively older kids can jump start mental math levels after completing the first stage lessons. No matter what age a pupil begins the abacus mental math program, They will have lifelong benefits as long as they pass Level 3 or higher in the certification exam.

The followings paragraphs are some reasons why the abacus mental math program is proven to be beneficial to any students curriculum. Please read on.

Promoting Multisensory Integration

Children between 5 and 12 retain a large "plasticity" in their brains which is shaped according to environmental stimuli. Multisensory teaching is the use of all senses when teaching so that the different channels will support each other in learning. In an abacus math class, the pupil uses the visual channel (eyes), the auditory channel (ears) and Kinesthetic (motor memory), and tactile (hands) to learn. Therefore, abacus math effectively motivates IQ improvement through multisensory techniques. Multisensory techniques are also believed to be effective for students with learning disabilities.

Helping Academic Performance

Establishes numeric relations in a clear and logical way for small children. Enables the child to respond to questions promptly while elevating memory & attention span. Abacus encourages the child to dedicate full attention to study by listening more attentively and effectively. By doing so, it complements and supplements the arithmetic approaches adopted in schools today. The abacus program at Focus also helps students overcome the fears of mathematics - if any, by building on mistakes to learn from rather than dwell on thereby gaining a new found confidence in themselves and their abilities. A confident student becomes more interested in academic work, both curricular and extra-curricular that will carry on through life with them.

Progress in Solving general mathematical problems

Abacus school enabled the learners to score higher than non-abacus learners on mathematical problems. These mathematical problems include addition of one-digit numbers, multiplication of one-digit numbers, addition of multi-digit numbers, subtraction of multi-digit numbers, word problems in addition and subtraction, and fill in the blank problems. Student having acquired the ability to mentally calculate rapidly and accurately consistently achieve successful results.

Improved Memory with Numerical and Spacial Arrangement

The first effect is improvement of numerical memory. Abacus students are found to be superior in the accuracy of their memory and the number of digits the are able to memorize when compared with non abacus learners of the same age. This is because abacus students place numbers on the abacus image in their head as they mentally calculate with the abacus method.

The second beneficial effect is the improvement in memory of spacial arrangement. Assigning students to remove the location of several small black dots examined this. These dots were placed on different intersection points of squares made with 3 to 5 lines in both vertical and horizontal directions. The students first looked at these dots for a few seconds to memorize their location and then they were asked to recreate the same picture by placing black dots on blank squares. As result, abacus learners were found to score higher than non-abacus learners. The spatial arrangement of the dots does not have the same numerical values as beads on the abacus board. However, we can speculate that the training to obtain the abacus image visually had the effect of making sudents sensitive to spatial arrangement.

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