Learning Abacus seems to be a popular after-school activity among children these days. When we were kids, Math was a subject that most of us feared. These days, we see whiz kids who can do complicated calculations in a jiffy, and actually, have fun doing it. Their secret – Abacus training.
1. Why Abacus?
There are several advantages to learning Abacus. Nowadays, kids use calculators even to do basic arithmetic calculations. Learning Abacus not only helps in doing arithmetic calculations faster, it also helps improve memory skills, concentration skills, photographic memory, visualization skills, creative skills, memory of spatial arrangement and numerical memory.
2. How does it work?
The brain which is the seat of intelligence is divided into two hemispheres which are the right brain and the left brain. School education typically helps to develop the left side of the brain by imparting mathematical and logical skills. The right side of the brain is completely ignored although it plays an important role in the imaginative and creative skills of the child. Learning Abacus taps the potential of a child and enables him/ her to hone their right brain skills. It helps them gain speed in calculations, improves the confidence and helps them perform with greater ability in competitive exams.
3. When is a child ready for Abacus?
Abacus is ideally learnt when the child is learning addition and subtraction in school. This could be anytime starting from the age of 4. Adults are also eligible to learn.
4. How long is the course?
Abacus programmes typically have levels. Each level runs for a period of up to 3 months and the entire programme takes about 2 years for the student to complete. The curriculum is designed to teach the children brain development activities also, along with Abacus. After each level, an exam is conducted and if the child fares well in the test, he/she is promoted to the next level. You can find abacus classes in NCR held by leading after- school startups.There are many online classes too available for kids to learn abacus.
5. How do you motivate children to learn?
Teaching children through stories and rhymes or activities along with abacus is a fun way for the kids to learn.
6. How does a parent know when the kid is not ready for Abacus?
As a parent, you will be able to pick cues on when your child does not enjoy something. If they make excuses not to attend classes or if the teacher says that he/she lacks interest and enthusiasm, don't fret. Just direct their energy to other activities that add to their all round development.
7. If a kid is not interested in Abacus, what other activities can he do?
For children for whom Abacus just isn’t their cup of tea, parents should try engaging them in other activities that improve right brain development such as sports, art, yoga and reading. Kids, especially boys are quite keen to learn cricket from an early age. That's why enrolling them in cricket coaching classes in Delhi or other parts of NCR is a good idea. No two children are alike, and as parents we need to identify their skills and give them the right platform to shine.
Saranya Srinivas is a certified Abacus trainer who has completed the 10 levels of training that is required for an Abacus coach. She has been teaching Abacus since 2010 and been running her own institute over the past year. Her students have participated in National and State Level Competitions and received a lot of prizes. She runs a franchise of Math 2 Merit, in Vishakapatnam. Website – www.math2merit.com.