All About Abacus at Kusaba

Overview

Abacus is a method used by to improve mathematical skills. The improvement in mathematical skills is due to a coordinated functioning of both right and left brain hemisphere. As learning and memory in any field is achieved by coordinating and analyzing the different sensory inputs, whether an abacus trainee would also improve the short-term memory as a whole was evaluated in our study. 50 children of an average IQ between 5 and 12 years from 2 regular schools and 50 from an abacus institute were evaluated for short-term memory before and after a period of one and two years. The memory tests were taken from Wechsler memory scale, Mini mental state examination, Mann - Buitar visual memory screen for objects. The results showed that the abacus learners at the end of one and two years had a better visual and auditory memory when compared to non-abacus learners.

Abacus at kusaba provides a unique and structured, mind math program for all children from the age group of 4.5 years to 13 years. This programme helps children to enjoy numbers, develop their mental skills of concentration, visual memory, listening and builds their self- confidence.

 VISION - To be a leading academy with the vision to Nourish, Enrich, Empower a Child

 MISSION - To create a pleasant and elevating environment where all children are provided with a platform to identify, create and nourish their       strengths, skills and intelligence in a playful and joyful way.

Benefits

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BENEFITS of ABACUS

  Speedy & Accurate Calculations: Abacus learning helps in boosting the arithmetical calculation skills thus making them better and faster like never       before.

  Improved Problem Solving Capabilities: It also helps in improving the problem solving ability in children. This training program is very effective for       those who do not like studying math.

  Sharp Listening Skills: Abacus learning also improves listening skills in children, which helps them to not only listen to numbers better, however             improves listening skills at school.
 

  Extended Memory: The memory also improves multiple fold as we practice more visualization skills.


  Clear Visualization Skills: Abacus learning also strengthens the mental visualization skills.
   

  Enhanced Concentration: Concentration is a major challenge in children life. Therefore, this training program helps in improving concentration by         increasing the attention span.
  Confidence Boost: It also helps in developing the self –esteem and confidence. These are the two most important part of an intellectual personality.
   

  Better Comprehension: This training program enhances the photographic memory and it also helps in better reading and writing.
   

  Makes Math Fun: One of major benefits of Abacus training program is that it makes mathematics meaningful, useful and fun for the children.
   

  Overall Brain Development: Abacus learning helps in overall brain development and hence increases power and sharpens overall mental formation     for better academic and brain results.

Program Structure 

Abacus : Our Program designed with your child in Mind

Our Program: Designed with your child in mind

We promote a culture where learning is fun because we know that happy kids will thrive. We offer friendly and personalized training for your child at Kusaba centers conveniently located and that provide the following benefits to you:

· Flexible timetable to fit your schedule

· Friendly, energetic, highly-qualified course instructors

· Each student gets personal attention

· Up tempo, interactive learning environment

· Personal welcome and orientation session for parents

· Regular updates to parents on their child’s progress

· Certificates awarded at the successful completion of each level

· International Boot Camp and Championships Participation

· Annual National Level Olympiad Examination

· Homework and drills to keep students sharp between classes (parental support and involvement at home is a key success factor in this program)

The program consists of different levels according to the age of a child, however each level takes approximately 3 - 4 months of duartion.

  • Minimum Starting Age:  4.5 year, There are 10 levels for children in the age group of 4.5+till 6 years.  ·      
  • There are 9 levels for children in the age group of 6+ till 9 years.
  •  There are 8 levels for children in the age group of  9+ and 13 years.

Session/Level Duration

Weekly Classes

Pre-requisites

Certifying Authorities

Approx. 3-4 months for each level

1.5  to 2 hours

Basic ability to recognize and write the numbers 1-20

Abacus at Kusaba and Abacus Olympic Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequentely Asked Questions

Do you know what the Researchers say about skilled Abacus Users and the training of intelligence

1) Mr. Lin and Mr.Haqits, professors in Osaka Education University, studied abacus users and found that abacus training can help to cultivate and to improve their intelligence. They wrote thesis to journal of British medical Science. Dr.Sinagwakane, professor of Japan Medical University, Mr. Kawano and Mr. Osisewbi did some research and made a report to the 68th Conference of Japan Physiology Association in Kyoto.

 

2) American Education wanted to know why American tend to reject arithmetic. They introduced abacus to the classrooms. Children like to work with abacus in a concrete way instead of abstract way. They gradually changed to be fond of studying arithmetic.

What are the benefits of starting early?

Besides all the advantages related to brain development, by starting this program at a very young age, the child can grasp the concepts of arithmetic calculation early, and the child will be ready for a math level higher than their grade level.

Does my child benefit if he starts late in this program?

All children take the same amount of time to learn the fundamental abacus techniques; the older kids can jump to higher levels much quicker later onwards and can compensate for the late start of this program while getting the same lifelong benefits of this program.

How long does it take for a child to learn mental math?

Our Mental Math program is a very structured program. There are 10 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, but it takes time for the program to complete and receive all the permanent benefits associated with this program.

How does abacus mental math help the school work?

Children learn numbers by counting on their fingers, and it becomes very challenging to comprehend the numbers beyond the number 10. 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 improve 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 too. Overall, the abacus training provides assistance in making the child more confident and focused in the school.

Does the child improve only in mathematics or in other subjects too?

The child shows remarkable improvement in all the subjects including mathematics. The concept of thinking in pictures leads to better understanding and enhanced memory, which is the basis for all academic studies. The use of Abacus as a manipulative deepens and extend students understanding of mathematical concepts, and we have numerous testimonials from parents highlighting their experiences on how the children have acquired a positive attitude towards mathematics and applied their knowledge in other curriculum areas, including science and language.

Will my child get confused between abacus math and school math?

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, Elementary School Curriculum also recognizes the importance of the use of manipulatives for supporting the effective learning of mathematics by all students and highlights the role of Abacus as an example in building a strong conceptual understanding of place values.

Does this program help a child who has been struggling with school math?

Children who find difficulty in following the traditional method used in school to teach math are the ones who benefit the most out of this program if they are committed to this program by being regular in their homework. The concept of converting numbers into pictures helps them understand and perform math skills better, thereby helping them improve their grades in school.

If my child has been an A+ student in math, what is the need to learn abacus math?

For a child who excels in school math, the Mental Math program helps them work faster on more complicated Math operations with greater accuracy, thereby bringing out the genius within them.

Does my child get any homework?

Yes, the children are expected to complete their homework which they get after each class. Regular practice ensures timely completion of each level.

·     What is Abacus mental math?

Abacus mental math uses abacus as a manipulative to perform arithmetic operations. A child who has learned abacus techniques can handle series of about five digit numbers using the four basic operations of mathematics i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And all this is done mentally, without using a calculator.

·     Schedule:

How many classes are conducted in a week?

Two hour class is conducted once in a week for each bacch. The batch timings are such that they do not clash with the school timings.

How many levels in the program?

There are 10 levels. Entry level depends on the age of the child.

What is the duration of each level?

Each level takes an estimated 3 months to complete.

Do you also conduct competitions?

Yes, we do conduct annual Abacus competitions at national and international level. 

When does my child get promoted to the next level? Are any certificates given?

An assessment is conducted at the end of every level. On successful completion of the level , the child will be promoted to the next level and a certificate of successful completion is awarded.

 

 

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