1.What is Abacus Maths?
The abacus is an ancient calculating tool that dates back centuries. Zhusuan ( literally: “bead calculation”) is the knowledge and practice of arithmeticcalculation through the suanpan or Chinese abacus, the earliest known written documentation of the Chinese abacus dates to the 2nd century BC. In the year 2013, it was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Abacus, Mental Arithmetic & Maths
From finger practices of physical abacus to a psychological skill, Mental Arithmetic (MA),to improve children’s maths.
Abacus Mental Arithmetic (AMA)
The standard abacus can be used to perform addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication; the abacus can also be used to extract square-roots and cubic roots. By using an abacus, a child can do all arithmetic calculations for up to 10 digits.
The abacus is a fundamental tool for Mental Arithmetic (MA) in which children are able to visualize and internalize the image of the abacus in their mind to do calculations without relying on modern devices such as calculators.
People with an unusually high ability to perform mental calculations are called mental calculators or lightning calculators.
Maths Activities (MA)
In our curriculum, we also have Maths Activities (MA) which will make Maths engaging and fun that teach the ability to analyse logically and apply abstract theory to real life.
2.Benefits of Learning Abacus Maths
Learning Abacus Math not only improves the ability to perform Mental Arithmetic for Mental Math, but also provides a beneficial ripple effect to their lives by Strengthening their Brain Functions, most importantly, this will be a lifelong skill. Other important benefits of abacus maths include the following:
- Better and faster calculation skills.
- Increases endurance for stress and pressure.
- Improves problem-solving abilities.
- Teaches clearer logical reasoning.
- Sharpens concentration and observation skills.
- Develops confidence and self-esteem.
- Heightens stronger mental visualisation skills.
- Improves reading and writing.
- Enhances the ability to develop a photographic memory.
- Sharpens listening skills.
- Makes mathematics meaningful, useful and fun.
- Provides a solid learning foundation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
- Increases memory power and sharpens overall mental formation.