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Abacus Math (Mind Math)
The abacus, an ancient counting tool, has been used for centuries to calculate arithmetics. There are many benefits to working with an abacus:
promotes problem-solving skills & the mastery of arithmetic
(addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
improves calculation speed and accuracy
builds listening and reading skills
strengthens mental visualization
This program is typically for students in
kindergarten to third grade.
History of Abacus
The earliest versions of an abacus were lines drawn in sand or devices made out of sticks and pebbles. Most of the earlier versions were made of materials that broke down. The oldest counting board, which was used by the Babylonians in 300 B.C.E., was found in 1899. The Romans, Chinese, Japanese, Greeks, and Russians all used versions of an abacus. The Chinese called the abacus a suanpan; the Japanese called it a soroban, and the Russian called it a schoty. Today, the Japanese, Chinese, and Russians as well as some areas in the Middle East still teach students how to use the abacus. For more information, visit this page.
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