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Summer Abacus Challenge

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Kickstart Your Child’s Math Skills with the Summer Abacus Challenge!

Summer is the perfect time to start learning abacus! The long break offers an excellent opportunity for kids to engage in fun and educational activities that will give them a head start before the new school year begins. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our Summer Abacus Challenge for beginners and kids.

About the Program

Welcome to our Summer Abacus Challenge! This program is here to give your child an awesome academic boost. If they’ve never tried using an abacus before or they’re eager to improve their math skills, this is the perfect place to start.

With over 1,000 practice problems and kid-friendly lessons, your child will master abacus addition and subtraction by the end of the summer.

Benefits of Learning Abacus

Learning abacus has numerous benefits:

  • Enhanced Concentration: The abacus requires focus and attention, helping children develop better concentration.
  • Improved Memory: Regular practice with the abacus strengthens memory and recall abilities.
  • Boosted Confidence: Mastering a new skill like abacus can significantly boost a child’s confidence and academic self-esteem.
  • Stronger Math Skills: Abacus training lays a solid foundation for math, making complex calculations easier as children progress in their studies.

What You'll Need for This Program

To ensure your child gets the most out of our 10-week Summer Abacus Challenge, here are a few things you’ll need:

  1. Abacus Tool: Make sure your child has a Japanese-style abacus (1 upper bead and 4 lower beads)
  2. Daily Practice: Encourage your child to dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to practicing with the abacus to reinforce their learning.
  3. Internet Access: Access to the internet for any online resources, video lessons, and practice problem sets.
  4. Parental Support: Your encouragement and support (feedback) will help keep your child motivated and excited about learning.
  5. Printer: Printing out the problem sets (Let’s Learn Abacus 1   & Let’s Learn Abacus 2)

How to Use the Summer Abacus Challenge

Our lessons are aligned with the abacus curriculum at Here’s how to get started and make the most of the program:

  1. Visit the Lesson Pages: In the first week, head over to Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 on our website. These pages will introduce the key concepts for the week.
  2. Watch the Videos: Be sure to watch both the lesson video and the practice video. They are designed to help your child understand and master the material.
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice: Print out the practice sheets and have your child work on them. There are additional practice questions in the Summer Challenge Workbooks (1 & 2).
  4. Reinforce Learning: Remember, the more your child practices, the better they will become.

Parental Involvement 

Parents, you play a crucial role in your child’s success! You are their primary instructor at home. Please go through the lessons with them, provide guidance, and encourage them every step of the way. Your support and involvement will make a big difference in their learning journey. 

Please watch the video below before you begin the summer abacus challenge. You will see lesson details and guideance each week.

Program Syllabus

Here’s a brief overview of what each week entails:

Week 1: Introduction to Abacus 

Lesson 1 (Introduction to the abacus)
Lesson 2 (How to read the abacus)

Week 2: Finger Rules

Lesson 3 (Basic finger movements)

Week 3: Basic Addition

Lesson 4 (Basic addition with single digits)

Week 4: Basic Subtraction

Lesson 5 (Simple subtraction with single digits)

Week 5: Multi-digit Addition and Subtraction

Lesson 6 (Multi-digit addition and subtraction without carrying over)

Week 6: Addiiton, Using 5-Compliment

Lesson 7 (Introducing the friend approach (5-compliment) for addition)

Week 7: Subtraction, Using 5-Compliment

Lesson 8 ( Introducing the friend approach (5-compliment) for subtraction)

Week 8: Addition, Using 10-Compliment

Lesson 9 ( Introducing the friend approach (10-compliment) for addition)

Week 9: Subtraction, Using 10-Compliment

Lesson 10 (Introducing the friend approach (10-compliment) for subtraction)

Week 10: Review and Assessment

  • Comprehensive review of all techniques
  • Final assessment to measure progress

Join Us Today!

Don’t let the summer go to waste! Enroll your child in our Summer Abacus Challenge and watch them master addition and subtraction, boosting their math skills and confidence before the new school year. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions!