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Speak of Mathematics and chill runs down through your spine. And same is the story when it comes time to teach mathematics to our children. And you as a parent / tutor are not at fault. Today's schooling system teaches a very ineffective method of learning math, rote memorization of times tables. We all wish our children could perform calculations quickly. And we all know the only way quick calculations are done if performed mentally. And once again we think of rote memorizing tables. Well, that is not the case anymore. Today centuries old technique of Abacus education has been revived and the materials are available easily. I am sure by now you are thinking - Why Abacus?

One particular use for the abacus is teaching children simple mathematics and especially multiplication. The abacus is an excellent substitute for rote memorization of multiplication tables, which some young children find daunting. The abacus is also an excellent tool for teaching other base numbering systems since it easily adapts itself to any base.

Children naturally have vast potential of energy and brain power. But most parents do not know how to tap into the depths of these young minds in the right way and thus fail to realize and nurture these young minds to their fullest potential.

When children use both hands to move abacus beads in arithmetic calculations, it stimulates cells in both the right and left sides of the brain. This results in quick, balanced whole brain development, leading to greater mental capacity. Using the abacus, a child can do all arithmetic calculations up to 10 digits without relying on an electronic calculator.

Using the abacus also:

-Fosters a greater sense of numbers.
-Helps develop an intuitive understanding of numbers through their concrete representation.
-Fosters one's trust in the process of calculation by enabling one to observe it in action.
-Manifests the concept of decimal places and the progression of units by tens physically.
-Instantly accomplishes addition and subtraction when numbers are placed on the abacus.
-Improves understanding of compounded numbers (through the use of supplementary numbers for 5 and 10).
-Helps in developing the beneficial qualities of concentration, patience, and endurance.
-Fosters one's confidence in calculation.
-Uses a left to right calculation method, which makes quick estimation and rounding off possible.
-Works on the decimal rather than fractional system, an easy progression to digital systems.
-Develops mental calculation, which is the ultimate resource.
-Develops the right brain tremendously.
-Leads to greater mental capacity.
-Expresses large numbers simply and easily.
-Provides a sense of achievement as one's proficiency improves.

With abacus, you can help your child achieve more than just math skills. You can boost your child's confidence, provide a sense of achievement, promote intuitive thinking, enhance problem-solving capability, enhance creativity, and improve concentration and mental endurance.

Find out more on why abacus education is increasingly popular in many countries like Malaysia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, Singapore and elsewhere. The abacus has become valuable teaching tool in schools, tuition centers and community centers, and is used by home schooling parents around the world.

This gift to your child will result in big rewards down the road. It is about time you make a decision to enhance the quality of your child's life. Make a difference in your child's life - today!

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### Anu Sindhwani

Anu Sindhwani focuses on researching mental math techniques. She writes extensively on mental math nurturing minds for early childhood brain development. For more information can be found at the http://www.nurtureminds.com/ and http://nurtureminds.blogspot.com/.

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