Mental Maths vs abacus

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Mental Maths vs abacus

Postby GG to P1 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:11 pm

Dear Parents out there,

Need some advise.

My boy is currently 5 yrs old and he has gone thru the montesstori maths and he don't enjoy it.

Would like to know the difference between mental maths ('xin suan') and abacus?

Which one is better and can grab the basic concept of maths better?

Tks

GG to P1
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Re: Mental Maths vs abacus

Postby jetsetter » Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:42 pm

GG to P1 wrote:Dear Parents out there,

Need some advise.

My boy is currently 5 yrs old and he has gone thru the montesstori maths and he don't enjoy it.

Would like to know the difference between mental maths ('xin suan') and abacus?

Which one is better and can grab the basic concept of maths better?

Tks



Hi,
My DS also didn't enjoy montessori math when he was 4, but I must say, it helped him build a very good foundation in arithmetic at a young age. I next put him thru abacus (+ xin suan) for a term, but withdraw after I learnt that there are many formulae he needed to memorise as they advance to higher levels. The abacus formulae were hampering his speed. To get to one simple solution, one doesn't need to remember so many formulae. But in abacus, u hv to, because of the way the beads are arranged/grouped. Plus, u need to do a lot of exercises with the child every week, which was not killing my son, but us PARENTS!

Read the comments by other parents here.
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... &start=190

Having said that, it's still good if your kid isn't strong in his basic number bonds of 10 at this stage. Otherwise, it's not going help him in prob solving when he gets to P1.

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Re: Mental Maths vs abacus

Postby GG to P1 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:37 pm

jetsetter wrote:
GG to P1 wrote:Dear Parents out there,

Need some advise.

My boy is currently 5 yrs old and he has gone thru the montesstori maths and he don't enjoy it.

Would like to know the difference between mental maths ('xin suan') and abacus?

Which one is better and can grab the basic concept of maths better?

Tks



Hi,
My DS also didn't enjoy montessori math when he was 4, but I must say, it helped him build a very good foundation in arithmetic at a young age. I next put him thru abacus (+ xin suan) for a term, but withdraw after I learnt that there are many formulae he needed to memorise as they advance to higher levels. The abacus formulae were hampering his speed. To get to one simple solution, one doesn't need to remember so many formulae. But in abacus, u hv to, because of the way the beads are arranged/grouped. Plus, u need to do a lot of exercises with the child every week, which was not killing my son, but us PARENTS!

Read the comments by other parents here.
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... &start=190

Having said that, it's still good if your kid isn't strong in his basic number bonds of 10 at this stage. Otherwise, it's not going help him in prob solving when he gets to P1.



Hi

I do agree that the Montessori do give my boy a good foundation.
I put my boy for the MPM program now and he is loving it so far :)

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