Abacus

An ABACUS is one of the best tools that enhance the concentration level of children. It is primarily a brain development tool. It develops the brain of a child which helps him not only in math but in all other subjects as well. The base of operating Abacus tool in math. It is slowly becoming one of the most “in-demand” programs for schools as one of the leading fun loving activity for children for fast calculations in math. An abacus learner starts visualizing the text rather than mugging it up. The right age for joining an abacus course for a child is from 5 to 14 years as it is considered to be the best age for brain development.

What is an Abacus?

The abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool that was in use in the ancient Near East, Europe, China, and Russia, centuries before the adoption of the written Arabic numeral system. The exact origin of the abacus is still unknown. The abacus essentially consists of a number of rows of movable beads or other objects, which represent digits.

By learning how to calculate with abacus, one can improve one’s mental calculation which becomes faster and more accurate in doing large number calculations. Abacus based mental calculation (AMC) was derived from the abacus which means doing calculation, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, in mind with an imagined abacus. It is a high-level cognitive skill that runs through calculations with an effective algorithm. People doing long-term AMC training show higher numerical memory capacity and have more effectively connected neural pathways. They are able to retrieve memory to deal with complex processes to calculate. The processing of AMC involves both the visuospatial and visuomotor processing which generate the visual abacus and perform the movement of the imaginary bead. Since the only thing needed to be remembered is the final position of beads, it takes less memory and less computation time.

Benefits

There has been a huge decrease in the use of Abacus as a teaching tool. Due to the rise of technology, it is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Though it’s almost an obsolete apparatus, the Abacus can still be at par with its advanced competitors like the electronic calculators.

Sharpens the brain

Math is a great practice for the brain. The more time you spend solving math problems, the sharper your brain will be. The Abacus gives your child an opportunity to hone their own skill and eventually develop an expertise in calculations.

Enhances Logical Reasoning

Children learn to solve math problems on their own instead of relying on a calculator. This does not apply only to the four basic operations, but also includes fractions, decimals, integers, and other mathematical concepts.

Improves Speed And Accuracy

The Abacus helps your child to develop speed and accuracy in solving math problems by using simple methods. It works best when you do not have access to a calculator and you need to do quick calculations. With the help of an Abacus, you will have better and faster calculation skills.

Boosts Confidence

It develops confidence and self-esteem in the child owing to the fact that you have the speed and accuracy, and you did not depend on any aid. You child will start feeling good about his/her problem solving skills and end up loving mathematics.

Improves Memory And Concentration

Your child will learn to concentrate more because they will constantly visualize an image of an abacus in their heads every time they will solve a math problem. Because of the Abacus training, they will enhance their capability to remember new concepts and information, and their ability to recall what they have learned is also developed.