Being a parent, if you have struggled to teach your children basic mathematics, you know exactly how difficult the situation is. Children have a short attention span, which makes it tough to teach them subjects like Mathematics. And, if you are facing homogeneous problems with your children, why don’t you consider getting them to use an abacus.
The abacus maybe an outdated calculator, but even today it is quite famous among many parents, students, and teachers alike. An abacus can help your child to understand all the concepts of Mathematics and also hone his mental Math skills. So here are some information together on how to use an abacus for children, and how it helps.
Benefits of Teaching Abacus Method to Your Child:
Here are a few ways in which learning the abacus will help your child:
- It boosts your child’s development, especially between the ages of 6 and 16.
- It helps to improve concentration and enhances creative abilities.
- It improves the ability to calculate mentally.
- It improves grip over basic mathematic concepts such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.
The abacus is very great because it can be used to teach simple mathematics—like counting, addition, and subtraction—as well as more complex operations like multiplication and division. It can even be used to work with fractions and to find square and cube roots. Below you will find various techniques/skills to teach mathematics with an abacus.
Two things you must need are:
- Abacus tool
- Your eager-to-learn child!
It's best if, in each row, the beads are divided by color into two groups of five. If not, the Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus, which you can purchase/buy which works very perfectly.
Each abacus contains 100 beads and is appropriate for children ages three and above. Children love to play with the abacus kit because of its amazing and interesting color and texture. You can buy/purchase one at any toy store or online.
How to teach counting with an abacus?
There are many numbers of games to play on an abacus that can help develop a child's numeracy.
- Match My Move. Begin in a "starting position," with the beads on every row all on the same side. Then, on the top row, move any number of beads to the other side of the frame/kit and ask your kid to match your "move" on the row below. You can mix this is up with repeating/replicating pattern arrangements, in which the 10 beads are arranged in different groupings (e.g. 2 beads, 3 beads, 1 bead, 4 beads) that your kid also matches.
- Counting Game. From the starting position, move a number of beads from one side to the other. Then ask your kid to count how many beads you moved, and then how many beads you left.
Both of these games help kids become better counters and help them clutch/clench the principles that will help them with addition and subtraction.