Early Math Skills
With Free Abacus Tutorial

For Kids And Parents

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Hello! I'm Big Y, the founder of this website.

Hello! I’m Big Y, a dedicated high school student (as of July, 2024) who has spent 8 years mastering the Japanese abacus, nearing the highest level of proficiency. Throughout my journey, I’ve achieved numerous victories in abacus competitions (click here for more about me).

I strongly believe that introducing abacus learning at a young age is essential for nurturing early math skills. The abacus serves as a powerful tool, offering a hands-on and engaging approach that lays a solid foundation for mathematical understanding. It’s more than just calculations; it’s about instilling a love for numbers and fostering a confident, capable mindset in young learners.

Drawing from my own firsthand experiences, I’ve developed abacus lessons with a keen understanding of potential stumbling points for beginners and little children. The method I introduce is widely used in Japan, where the abacus plays a significant role in mathematical education.

I’m passionate about inspiring children to embark on the journey of learning the abacus, aiming to achieve math success just like I have.

"Developing early math skill is crucial for a student's future academic achievements"
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Why developing early math skill is important?

We all understand the importance of mathematics. Parents realize that success in math is vital for their children’s growth in academics, career, and personal development. Math education helps in various ways:

  • Academic Success: Strong math skills are crucial for success in various subjects. Mastery in math often leads to better performance in science, technology, and language arts.
  • Career Opportunities: Proficiency in math opens doors to diverse career paths, especially in STEM fields like engineering, computer science, finance, and medicine.Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Math education fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills, essential for academic and real-world challenges.
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem: Success in math boosts children’s confidence and self-esteem as they tackle new concepts and solve complex problems.
  • Competitiveness: Excelling in math gives students a competitive edge in school, tests, college admissions, and future career pursuits.

From my own experience, I firmly believe that early math education is crucial. That’s why parents prioritize their children’s math education and success in school.

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Abacus Skill as a Secret Weapon

The abacus can be considered a “secret weapon” in mathematics.It is a powerful tool for mental calculation and numerical manipulation.The abacus enhances arithmetic skills and boosts mental math abilities.

While it may appear traditional, its effectiveness in developing mathematical proficiency is incomparable, making it a valuable asset and a somewhat “secret” tool for those seeking to excel in math.

Reasons Why Abacus Helps Young Children Develop Early Math Skills

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Arithmetic Proficiency

Abacus learning, with its hands-on approach, enhances basic arithmetic skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, fostering proficiency crucial for academic and real-life success.

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Brain Stimulation

The abacus stimulates brain activity by engaging both the logical and visual parts. Using it involves visualizing and manipulating beads, activating various brain regions. This mental exercise improves memory, problem-solving, and cognitive function.

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Concentration and Focus

The abacus improves concentration and focus by requiring attention to each bead movement and calculation. With practice, it trains your brain to stay focused for longer periods and enhances concentration skills over time.

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Fine Motor Skills Development

The abacus helps develop fine motor skills by requiring precise finger movements to manipulate the beads. This activity strengthens hand-eye coordination and enhances agility as learners practice moving the beads accurately along the rods.

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Increased Confidence

Abacus training makes kids feel more confident because they can see themselves getting better at math. As they learn new skills and practice, they feel proud of their progress, which boosts their confidence even more.

Abacus Lessons
For All

My abacus lessons are:

  • Widely used method in Japan
  • Step-by-step instruction
  • Focus on the stambling points
  • Video tutorials and practices
  • Worksheet resources
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– Created especially for

 young kids and their parents

What Makes Abacus Learning Successful?

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Regular Practice

Regularly practicing with the abacus is really important for getting better at it. There are certain rules and methods to learn and get good at, just like with sports or playing music. The more you practice, the easier these rules become, and your fingers start moving without you even thinking about it.

It’s like learning a sport or a musical instrument – consistent practice makes the rules and techniques feel natural. So, practice regularly not only to understand the abacus better but also to make your calculations smoother and more efficient. 

Plus, as you practice, you will notice a boost in your mental math skills!

Parent's Support and Practice

Parental support is just as crucial as regular practice, especially considering that daily abacus practice may not always be enjoyable for young kids. 

Understanding abacus requires mastering specific rules, which can be challenging for kids, even with lesson videos or guidance.

Parents provide crucial feedback and encouragement to keep children interested in learning abacus.

To maximize this collaborative learning experience, I encourage parents to join their children in learning abacus. This way, they can offer valuable feedback and support when needed, creating a supportive and engaging learning environment.

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