The short and long of it: benefits of Dual-Hand 4-fingers abacus training

Here’s the short, immediate reason why:

“I love CMA two-hand abacus training as it helps me to do my calculations accurately and at the fastest pace. Whenever I go out with my mother to buy groceries at the supermarkets, I will help her count the amount she has to pay. Also, the moment I enter a taxi, I will calculate the total amount of money to pay at the end of the journey. When my father wants to change the number of books for his piano students, he will look for me and ask me to calculate for him.”

Written by 7-year-old Charis Chen, who has been studying in CMA for 2 years since she was 5.

Every day, we face numbers and the need to count in our lives: I.e. How much to pay for our meals, what is the final cost of something with a discount of 70%, how much cash we need to pay for our grocery bills, etc… these are our everyday routines.

How confident are we in tackling those routines is dependent on our ability to count, measure and calculate. Similarly, how well are we able to tackle problems in our lives depends on our ability to solve problems, an ability that is essential in life.

With increased reliance on technologies nowadays to think and calculate for us, it is not surprising to find adults these days running into difficulties working out daily life arithmetic sum, such as 7% of $10.00. $7? 7cents? Or did you get the right answer of $0.70? How often do you see adults whipping out their phones to handle a straightforward calculation such as the dividing the cost of a meal among 5 friends.

The brain is amazing and is capable of running simultaneous processes at the same time. It becomes more evident that people are using technologies to further enhance their life experiences. While some of these are indeed tools that help you in your daily life, mental fitness is equally important as well. Just as physical exercise is to physical fitness, brain exercise is to mental fitness.

In this aspect, learning the abacus has become an even more important complementary tool to the development of our children’s brain that plays a crucial role in the daily experiences they are exposed to.

The Dual-Hand 4-fingers abacus methodology trains up our children’s abilities in many areas; here, I wish to highlight 4 of such abilities:

1. Visualization and Imagination

2. Confidence in Problem-solving

3. Accuracy and Speed

4. Path to excellence in life.

1. Visualization and Imagination

When learning the Dual-Hand abacus method, the numbers that the children see on paper will be transformed onto the abacus represented by the number beads. The right brain (abstract side) will project this image of the number beads onto the child’s mind forming a virtual abacus – this process sharpens the child’s ability to visualize and imagine. As the arithmetic sum gets tougher and larger, the child’s ability to visualize improves to handle the larger strand of numbers.

2. Confidence in Problem-solving

When a child can easily solve problems such as the cost of 3 items in split seconds, a child gains confidence in finding solutions for the cost of more items. When this process keeps repeating, it gives him the motivation to try out new challenges.

In abacus calculations, a child learns how to break-down the numbers in a sequence in order to solve a lengthy calculation (of say 6 to 10 digits) – this training gives children the confidence to approach life problems with the same attitude.

3. Accuracy and Speed

The focus on achieving accuracy with speed sets children on a path of excellence not just in school, but in life. This is another benefit of CMA’s Dual-Hand training in our children. In CMA’s methodology, we measure both speed and accuracy, which helps children cultivate the healthy habit of precision in achievements. For example, holding the Singapore Book of Records for the Fastest Addition in Ten 10-Digit Numbers at 5 minutes 17 seconds is a CMA student, Cherlyn Lee Zhi Ying, who was 5 years and 10-month-old when she achieved this feat.

 4. Path to Excellence in Life

Examinations such as CMA’s Quarterly National Grading Examination give young children opportunities to monitor their progress and competency in a structured and cohesive manner. Every quarterly year, I witness the progress of our children moving from one Dan level to the next, with Dan level 10 being the ultimate objective.

When it comes to learning how to excel in life, I believe that children can learn to thrive and excel when there exists an opportunity for a friendly competition – it is for this reason that I often encourage our students at CMA to participate in CMA Singapore’s International Olympiads to learn what it is like to pursue excellence for themselves. At these competitions, the children at CMA know that it is not about winning but pushing their limits in a healthy, manageable and fun ways. This often translates into an important life lesson that excellence is achievable with the right attitude and discipline, which contributes positively to the overall holistic development of our children.

Learn more about CMA mental arithmetic training here, or  contact us @ 62570028 or drop us an email for more information


Published on 8th August 2017