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Abacus

The abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool that has been used since ancient times. It was used in the ancient Near East, Europe, China, and Russia, millennia before the adoption of the Hindu-Arabic numeral system.

  • It Improves Concentration

  • Improves Observation and Listening Skills

  • Enhances Visualization and Imagination

  • Memory Strengthening as one of the Benefits of Abacus

  • Amplify Speed and Accuracy

  • Boosts Creativity

  • Increases Self-Confidence

  • Strong Academic Foundation

Abacus has been taught all over from the age of 5 or 6. At this age, children have the required motor skills to manipulate the Abacus bead movements with confidence.

Abacus helps in brain development in young kids. Abacus training involves teaching math by using a physical Abacus. It promotes whole brain development by activating both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This leads to improved calculating abilities & overall academic performance.

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Types of Abacus

  • The Chinese abacus, the suanpan. It may have 7, 9, 11 or 13 rods. ...

  • The Japanese abacus, the soroban. 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 or 31 rods. ...

  • The modern soroban (since 1922, gaining popularity from 1945 onward). 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 or 31 rods.

  • There are in all 8 levels in abacus.

The abacus is still in use today by shopkeepers in Asia and "Chinatowns" in North America. The abacus is still taught in Asian schools, and a few schools in the West. Blind children are taught to use the abacus where their sighted counterparts would be taught to use paper and pencil to perform calculations.

An Abacus Tool can be very helpful for children to learn math. Using an Abacus consistently develops muscle memory and a natural affinity for math. At a young age, a child's brain is full of questions and curiosity about everything around him/her.

 

Reported that children trained to use an abacus scored approximately 7 points higher on IQ tests than did controls, and abacus-trained children performed better in visual and auditory working memory tasks, 2) and had better visuo-spatial working memory, compared with controls.

Abacus training will stimulate the right side of the child's brain, improving their ability to observe, visualize, and memorize. Over time, the child will improve the ability to see the abacus in their mind and calculate mental calculations.

Abacus learning is one of the best ways to improve arithmetic skills and number fluency. Abacus math also helps develop an interest and passion in math for many students as their confidence and understanding grows from an early age.

 

The Russian Abacus is one of the most versatile abaci. Also known as Schoty or counting beads, it is also called the Russian Abacus. It was created in the 17th century to help with currency calculations and business transactions

An abacus is a very powerful device for calculations. To work with it, you need to be skilled, but if you master the method and practice enough, you will never have problems with solving division or multiplication problems. Overall, an abacus is a fun tool to help one learn to make calculations.

Frequently asked Questions about Abacus

Q1. What is an Abacus and What are the benefits of learning abacus?

Abacus is an ancient calculating device that was invented for the sole purpose of doing higher calculations. In ancient times when calculators were not there, people used fingers for counting. This method had its limitations and was not usable for higher calculations. This lead to the discovery of an instrument that used beads for doing calculations and thus came into existence the tool Abacus.
It is imperative to understand that math is only a tool in abacus learning and math improvement is only one of the many benefits of this wonderful program. The abacus primarily is a complete brain development program that simultaneously activates both left and right hemispheres of a child’s brain. Predominantly only one part or hemisphere of the human brain is more active which in 90% of cases is the left one. The right hemisphere is responsible for creativity, concentration, recall, and photographic memory. The left hemisphere is responsible for logic, numbers, and calculation. On activation of both the parts, a child gets excellent calculating skills and number sense along with improved concentration, photographic memory, recall, and listening ability. Thus a child doing abacus not only shows improvement in mathematics but also excellence in all the subjects.

Q2. How to use an Abacus?

Abacus is a frame having rods and beads. Every bead has a certain value and calculations are done by moving the beads on rods. There are certain formulas that have to be implemented for doing calculations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Although invented with the objective of doing calculations, the abacus since the last three decades is widely used as a math improvement and complete brain development tool for kids.

Q3. What is Abacus Mental Math and how it will help my child?

To understand abacus mental math and its benefits, we have to first know what Abacus and mental math is.
Mental math is the technique of doing calculations mentally without using any pen paper or calculator. Kids who have done abacus courses up to certain levels are able to visualize the abacus instrument and do long calculations mentally with astonishing speed.
Abacus is an ancient calculating instrument that was primarily invented for doing calculations. About thirty years back it was discovered that this simple calculating instrument can be an important brain development tool for kids between 6 to 14 years of age. The human brain can be considered to be divided into two parts or hemispheres. The left or logical brain and the right or creative brain. Different responsibilities have been assigned to both parts of the human brain. While the left or logical brain is responsible for logic, numbers, calculations, and identification of black & white colors, the right or creative brain is responsible for creativity, imagination, concentration, recall & photographic memory. Abacus works on the principle of simultaneously activating both the hemispheres of a child’s brain resulting in improved concentration, listening ability, photographic memory, recall, mental calculating skill, and overall performance. As a result of this, the child performs better in all the subjects.

Q4.How to teach Abacus to kids at home?

Earlier, teaching abacus to kids at home was a big challenge as it was practically very difficult to take classes on video conferencing and making the kids practice on workbooks. Checking classwork and homework, taking exams and evaluating students and at the same time making the classes interesting and engaging for kids was a real uphill task. With the introduction of the E-learning platform by Mastermind Abacus, the scenario has completely changed. The interactive portal of Mastermind Abacus having an integrated screen of video conferencing with content video ensures excellent learning of kids without any workbooks. The entire practice is in form of game exercises which makes learning a fun-filled experience for kids. Online exams and evaluation, digital classwork, and homework make the Mastermind E-learning platform the best choice for teaching abacus to kids from the convenience of their homes.

Q5. What is your Online E-Learning platform like?

Mastermind Abacus E-Learning platform is a unique, first and only online abacus class available in the world for learning Abacus online through integrated hybrid screens of learning videos and class conduction through video conferencing. In this program, the students get the feel of live learning through the video conferencing screen in which they can interact with the teacher and at the same time the entire abacus lessons are taught through high definition videos. The students do not require any books for practice as the same can be done through game exercises that enable practice with fun. Tools like virtual abacus ensure better understanding and hassle-free learning and make this online learning platform even more effective and interesting when compared to live classes.

Q6. Do you take physical classes also?

Till the launch of the Live Abacus E-Learning Platform, Mastermind Abacus was only having the option of Abacus institutes that provided physical classes which are conducted at our 2000 plus Mastermind Abacus franchisee centers worldwide. With the launch of this unique Abacus E-Learning Platform, we have given the option to the students to learn abacus from the convenience of their home. Thus now we have both the options of learning available for our students. Those who want to take physical classes can have the same at our centers and those who wish to learn online from their home can go for the E-Learning platform. The student can opt for any of the modes through which they want to learn.

Q7. How many classes are conducted in a week and how many levels are there in your Program?

The entire program of Mastermind Abacus is of eight levels. The classes are conducted once a week for two hours. Each level gets completed in Three Months and the duration of the entire program is of two years.

Q8. How will I be able to help my child in his/her practice?

Since we give Abacus training online, we have also made sure that practice sheets are uploaded on the student's panel. You can download and get these printed. You can guide your children to practice at home with these. We also provide a Parent’s Handbook which is specifically created for the parents to help their children to practice at home. Also, contacting the trainer for any help is always an available option.

Q9. Do you conduct International Level, National Level, and State Level Competition?

Yes, we do conduct Center, State, National, and International level Competitions. The Competitions are conducted through online & offline mode. Students can enroll in these competitions through a Mastermind Abacus Center. The students registered at Mastermind Abacus Training Institutes only can participate in these competitions. You can view photographs of International, National, and State Level competitions in our photo gallery.

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