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Why the Abacus Is Important For Children

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Abacus is the most ancient tool used for the purpose of calculations. It is one of the most important calculating devices invented for the calculation purposes. Abacus is a simple device but throughout the timeline it has proved to be an important instrument of economy.

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Abacus Importance

If we go deep into the history books we come to know that abaci was used from the ancient times to perform basic arithmetical problems by the people related to any field of life. Businessmen have used it for centuries to perform basic calculations for the purpose of their routine business.

It is a true assistant for anyone who wants to perform his calculations very quickly and with full authority. This is the reason behind the fact that even in this modern era there is thought to be a need to teach children to learn perform calculations using abacus.

The reason being the simplicity of the device and its look that makes children feel it just like their toy and never let them feel bored while performing calculations on it. It is also very easy to learn and makes calculations easier for the juvenile to learn.

When the calculations are performed on abacus, a little stress is made on the mind. People who regularly perform calculations on abacus can perform them more quickly than their other counterparts who perform those calculations on electronic calculators.

Need of Abacus

There may arise a question in one’s mind that why is there a need to teach children to use abacus or to teach them solving arithmetical problems using abacus in this time of advanced technology. But the fact is that even if the advancements are made in the technology making it possible for human beings to perform complex calculations and to explore new dimensions in the field of knowledge, the mind of the child is completely empty and it is to be written on. Child’s mind could grab some things with difficulty and has the tendency of forgetting learnt topics after some time.

With the help of abacus simple arithmetical functions are easy to learn especially multiplication which may seem easier to an adult to perform but are very difficult for the juvenile to understand.

Learn While Playing

Nowadays abaci are also used as toys by children. These are among the things that they see quite often and are familiar with them. When children are asked to learn arithmetical calculation on their abaci they feel like playing and in this way they learn a lot without being bored at all. Children feel happy with something like abacus because of its shape. Anything, which has rods and beads attached to it, makes them feel good and relaxing while learning.

This process is easy to adapt for the beginners and puts less stress on the mind of children. Every bead of the abacus is assigned a particular value and it is relatively easy to learn those values and keep performing calculations on the device, as the beads are assigned certain values therefore there is no need to keep anything in mind rather keep fingers on the beads and place beads in their calculated positions. The result can be easily inferred from the positions of the beads on the rod.

Abacus Necessity

Sometimes it is needed to teach children how to use abacus. For instance blind children are taught to use abacus because they cannot perform calculations on the paper. Abacus has proved out to be an ideal tool for those people as it allows them to calculate easily and quickly while being reliable. The use of abacus is easy to understand for the new beginner and it also helps in developing the mind of the children.

At the initial learning stage of a child it is almost impossible to learn all of the things in a flash. Abacus has this innate tendency to design the model for the good development of a child’s brain. The study has shown that the children which have used abacus in their past could perform arithmetical calculations more quickly and comfortably when they are grown ups.

This is due to the fact that they have the golden rule of calculating long figures with the help of broken packets of that figure in their minds and it allows them to perform more conveniently in the later stage of their life.

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The use of abacus as a teaching tool has decreased in the world in the past few years. But there are still some schools in the world who teach little kids with the help of abacus. Abacus is still used in some Asian and Latin American Countries but due to the ever changing technology of the world it has become obsolete. Even now with its modern day competitors, electronic calculators, abacus stands as a comprehensive tool for simple arithmetic calculations.

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Question: Would it be a far stretch to say/imply that for children learning the Abacus, it helps and / or promotes right and left brain functioning?
Comment posted by: Manny Hawthorne on 2008-07-22T20:24:23
This wooden "calculator"
helps teach math skills,
patterning and color recognition.
Slide and count the beads
with this timeless counting frame. It is also shown that it leads to a much better brain
Comment posted by: anonymus on 2008-12-12T10:01:26
I would want o know the difference between abacus and ucmas, both are mental maths, What is the point of difference.
please let me know for sure
Comment posted by: Arrti Agrawal on 2009-06-10T04:14:24
how appropriate is abacus used to teach place value?
Comment posted by: prince charles on 2008-12-14T09:36:35
As a Karatedo instructor, teaching right and left side motor functions are very much a part of the learning. Without having read any studies comparing the Abicus to the study of Karatedo, I am confident that such a study would reveal some interesting findings. While common sport only addresses single sided motor skills, students (children) may experience enhanced learning through karatedo (Eastern martial arts)as an alternative to sport and common physical education.
Comment posted by: Manny Hawthorne on 2008-11-12T16:06:09
I want to thank you for this article but plz teach us how to write it and solve problems

thank you
Comment posted by: darasnaiza on 2010-03-02T16:21:29
What is the right age to start abacus learning. My kid is 3.5 years old.I am not sure if this a very early age to start. please advice
Comment posted by: Padma on 2010-04-25T03:00:08
Please could you tell me where i can buy an abacus (wooden counting aid) thank you.
Comment posted by: fiona crowther on 2010-06-03T19:32:44
Please provide me more indepth knowledge of this tool, can we at this stage of an adult, learn abacus right now and used it in our work?
Comment posted by: Sonali on 2010-08-26T01:16:02
What is the right age to start abacus learning
Comment posted by: khan on 2010-11-29T03:41:38
The abacus helps children keep track of numbers and when they are playing the they will begin to understand more math
Comment posted by: Bex on 2011-01-26T22:11:59
my kid is not interested in abacus.he is 8years old and now he is in 4th level .he is finding it difficult to do the sums mentally but he is doing it well with the abacus board .what can i do to develop his interest? kindly reply me
Comment posted by: varalakshmi on 2011-03-26T00:50:56
Is there any way of taking on line classes without paying any franchise fees.
Comment posted by: Rajni Sharma on 2011-04-05T03:46:51
Dear Sir/Madam,
my baby is 2.5 yrs old now.
His grapassing power is good. i want to teach/learn abacus to him in this age.
i want some guide about this.
2.5 yrs child can learn this.
if the age is less than that brain have more grapssing power. so i want to do this.
plz help me.

thanks regards,
Mrs Rupali.
Comment posted by: rupali on 2011-03-08T02:36:48

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