All About Abacus Training

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What do you think of abacus training for pre-school children?

I believe it provides a strong foundation for math
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I think it may confuse children when they start P1 math
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All About Abacus Training

Postby phantom » Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:54 am

I have intended to send my son for abacus course, but the minimal age is 4 years old and mine is 3. Does any one send their kid to those mental abacus course before? Does it work and help in mathamatics abilities?

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Postby dragonball » Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:57 am

I have a nephew that is 7 years old and he attended abacus course. He can actually do mental arithmetics quite well compared to my niece who is 8 years old that went for some traditional maths enhancement program who is much slower compared to my nephew. So my sis decided to send her to abacus course as well.

So I believe abacus does helps.

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:18 pm

Abacus or finger math. I tried my son out for about 6 months in abacus, once per week, at the nearby community centre. They are first taught to use 1 hand to do all their math. Interesting, but it is really route math. It does help in mental sums, though.

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Postby phantom » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:26 am

The thing that got me interested in abacus is the mental abacus. Saw documentaries on how this kids can do maths computation faster than pressing calculator. Is that true?

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:04 pm

phantom wrote:The thing that got me interested in abacus is the mental abacus. Saw documentaries on how this kids can do maths computation faster than pressing calculator. Is that true?


The abacus has been a calculator to the chinese for eons. So yes, I'm sure children can be programmed to do that kind of speed math based on what they learn in abacus class.

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Postby dragonball » Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:08 am

The mental abacus calculation require the children to imaging the abacus in their mind. That will also help improve their memory and imagery capabilities. So I believe it is a very good skill to process. Trains lots of important abilities I would say.

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Postby janetfong » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:10 pm

Hi to all mummies,

Im new in tis forum. So hapi to found tis forum by coincidence. :D
Current my son is learning abacus in e CC. But tis classes is ending @ e end of tis Dec. E teacher told us tat if we wan to continous can do it over @ her centre. But the problem is, tis new class is conduct on sunday. ( which clash wif their sunday school.) :roll:

Im staying in Chua Chu Kang. Any1 knows any gd or recommend abacus classes? If will be nice if is located near my hse.

Tks a million, guys :D

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:21 pm

janetfong wrote:Hi to all mummies,

Im new in tis forum. So hapi to found tis forum by coincidence. :D
Current my son is learning abacus in e CC. But tis classes is ending @ e end of tis Dec. E teacher told us tat if we wan to continous can do it over @ her centre. But the problem is, tis new class is conduct on sunday. ( which clash wif their sunday school.) :roll:

Im staying in Chua Chu Kang. Any1 knows any gd or recommend abacus classes? If will be nice if is located near my hse.

Tks a million, guys :D


Welcome Janet! Here are some links you may wish check out:

Edufarm - looks like a tuition centre but with so-called 3G Abacus training. Seems to be at a number of blocks in Choa Chu Kang.
Crestar Check out their Choa Chu Kang branch. Appears to offer Abacus training for kids.
Little Professors Student Care Centre has a Choa Chu Kang presence. You might want to try them to see if they let your kid join just the abacus class.
Or you might want to try your luck with a home tutor just for abacus training.

Do let us know if you have any success.

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Postby janetfong » Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:14 am

tks for yr info nicklesshead, they r v useful :D :D

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Postby ChiefKiasu » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:51 am

Janet, you're most welcome. Let us know if you managed to find the abacus class you are looking for. I'm sure others will be interested too.

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