WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING ABACUS MATH EARLY?
Starting the Abacus Mental Math Program at an early age can allow your child to grasp the concepts of arithmetic calculation early as well as numerous brain development benefits.
DOES MY CHILD BENEFIT FROM ABACUS PROGRAM IF THEY START LATE?
All children take the same amount of time to learn the fundamental abacus techniques; the older students can jump to higher levels much quicker and can compensate for their late start while getting the same lifelong benefits of this program.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN ABACUS MENTAL MATH?
Our Mental Math program is a very structured program. There are eight levels in all, and each level takes an estimated three months to complete. A lot of parents may observe improvement in math performance after completion of Level 2, but it takes at least two years for the program to complete and receive all the permanent benefits associated with this program.
HOW DOES THE ABACUS PROGRAM HELP SCHOOL WORK?
Children learn numbers by counting on their fingers, and it becomes very challenging to perform operations beyond the number ten. Abacus helps children overcome this problem by presenting the numbers and their relationships as concrete beads instead of the abstract method used for regular mathematics.
Performing mental calculations assist in enhancing the memory and improving the concentration of the child. Speed writing improves the reflexes of the child which helps them respond to the problems promptly, whereas oral calculations make the child an attentive listener. This program uses the multisensory techniques which involve coordination of visual (eyes), auditory (ears), kinesthetic (motor memory), and tactile (hands) senses to learn. This kind of multisensory teaching has been found to be very effective for students with learning disabilities as well. Overall, Abacus training provides assistance in making the child more confident and focused in the school.
WILL THIS PROGRAM CAUSE CONFUSION WITH SCHOOL MATH?
The Abacus is a tool which uses mental math techniques to solve simple to complex arithmetic calculations without using a calculator. Therefore it can be considered as just another math manipulative. In fact, the Elementary School Curriculum recognizes the importance of the use of manipulatives for supporting the effective learning of mathematics by all students and highlights the role of the Abacus as an example in building a strong conceptual understanding of place values.
DOES ABACUS HELP WITH SCHOOL MATH?
Children who have difficulties following the traditional method used in school to teach math are the ones who benefit the most out of the Megamind Abacus Mental Math Program. The concept of converting numbers into pictures helps them understand and perform math skills better, thus helping students improve their grades in school.
DO A+ STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM LEARNING ABACUS MENTAL MATH?
For a child who excels in school math, the Megamind Abacus Mental Math program helps them work faster on more complicated mathematical operations with greater accuracy, thus bringing out the genius within the students.
DOES MY CHILD GET HOMEWORK?
Yes, the children are expected to complete the homework they get after each class. Regular practice ensures timely completion of each level as well as a greater understanding of the concepts.
HOW IS LEARNING ABACUS DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER MATH PROGRAM?
The Megamind Abacus Mental Math Program provides an interesting method of learning mathematical operations through the use of concrete beads and visual receptors. This program utilizes logic and deep mathematical thinking which engages students more than repetitive worksheets offered in the traditional way of learning math.