It's a tool for mental arithmetic. Leaning Abacus will stimulate the development of the right brain at an early stage. It help child inner abilities like concentration, speed, memory, accuracy and learning ability.
Abacus helps a child visualize number and related calculations, after enough practice the child is equipped to do mental maths or arithmetic in a quicker way producing correct results every time
Abacus can be learnt at any age, however we recommend a child should start learning Abacus from the age of 4 to 14 years.
Learning EKA abacus mental arithmetic can:
  • Improve the accuracy and speed of computing skill or logical reasoning
  • Build stronger memory power
  • Promote longer concentration span
  • Enhance imaging skills or photographic memory
  • Create higher learning capability and self-esteem
  • Increase the level and speed of understanding (comprehension)
  • Have better sense of observation and visualisation power
  • Sharpen sound judgement and hearing skill
  • Reduce stress and enjoy fun learning
Arithmetic is remarkably important for helping young children build up a solid academic foundation. Teachers who work with young children know that it is not easy to introduce the concept of numbers and their values. It is a long learning process for young children to comprehend the concepts of mathematics when presented only in the abstract form. By abstract it means using nothing but brain power to solve problems. It is difficult for children to comprehend numeric relationships without using a concrete object such as the abacus beads to relate numerical values.
Learning how to compute numbers mentally is equally important as it will effectively tap the unexploited parts of the brain and therefore promote the overall intelligence. The practice of mental arithmetic will sharpen the imaginative and memory power. According to a scientific research, a child who lacks good mental formation can experience a sharp decline in mental abilities even as early as the age of 20. On the other hand, a child who receives this formation by the age of 12 will continue to remain brilliant even up to the age of 70.
For children to do well in mathematics, they needs to develop their ability in calculation. Learning abacus mental arithmetic can quickly enhance their competency in calculation. Professor Huang Guo Rong from the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan studied the effects of abacus mental arithmetic education on children’s academic performance in areas of mathematical abilities and comprehensibility. He reported these startling discoveries:
  • Children who have undergone mental arithmetic classes achieved far better results than other students who have not taken part in such training in areas such as comprehension, mathematical abilities (including recognising and understanding mathematical concepts, calculating abilities, and mathematical problem solving skills), mathematical performance, and IQ tests.
  • Students who have had one to two years of training in mental arithmetic are found to possess a better grasp of mathematical concepts, calculations, and are more efficient in solving mathematical problems than those who have less than one year’s training. Students with more than two year's training showed even better results. Thus this indicates that the longer a child is exposed to such training, the better his mathematical abilities.
Although calculators and computers have largely replaced manual human power in computing numbers, learning abacus can be benefical for every child as it is instrumental in developing the whole brain and lifetime skills. Using the abacus requires co-ordination of the main nerves of the human body, such as sight, sound, and finger movement which will induce the growth of brain cells. The mind undergoes three main stages of development, namely physical contact, logical explanation, and visualisation, throughout the process and the abacus acts as a medium that connects the three stages. More than 80% of the world's population is right-handed and right-handed people normally have more developed left brain and less developed right brain. The creativity side of the right brain is more than a thousand times that of the left brain. Learning abacus will stimulate the development of the right brain at an early age.
There are four ways in which we assist parents:
  1. 1. Children who have undergone mental arithmetic classes achieved far better results than other students who have not taken part in such training in areas such as comprehension, mathematical abilities (including recognising and understanding mathematical concepts, calculating abilities, and mathematical problem solving skills), mathematical performance, and IQ tests.
  2. 2. Students who have had one to two years of training in mental arithmetic are found to possess a better grasp of mathematical concepts, calculations, and are more efficient in solving mathematical problems than those who have less than one year’s training. Students with more than two year's training showed even better results. Thus this indicates that the longer a child is exposed to such training, the better his mathematical abilities.
  3. 3. Regular feedback. EKA teachers will advise and help guide parents in assisting their children in their learning on key concepts like techniques of beads manipulation and calculating involving the four operations of numbers.