"(A mother's question) Should I make my child learn abacus?'"

blog : 18-Mar-2022

You're probably thinking something like this if you're considering sending your child to learn the abacus.

"If my child can do the abacus calculations, he can do the math well."

Of course, the abacus is useful if you want to learn how to do calculations quickly and accurately, but it is not particularly useful if you want to improve your real arithmetic and mathematical ability.

What is more important is the ability to see the rules in the numbers and formulas.

You will gradually develop this ability if you keep the following tips in mind.

  • Get rid of the habit of counting your fingers.

  • Make certain that they can not only count, but also relate numbers to real-world objects and perceive them as quantities.

  • Recognize the composition and decomposition of single digit numbers.

  • When a child is able to do mental math, start to use the column method.

Although the abacus and column method are useful for answering any number of digits, it is best to first learn mental math in order to develop the ability to manipulate numbers. That is, you must be able to answer 7 x 8 = 56, 7 x 12 = 84, and 11 x 12 = 132 at the same level.