Our Abacus Mental Math Program
Our abacus mental math program is taught by our sister company, Markham Abacus and Mental Math. The program has helped hundreds of students achieve academic success in math. The program has also had tremendous success in the Canada Abacus-Mathematics and Mental Arithmetic Competitions, with numerous champions.
Abacus & Math
Abacus is an ancient calculation device that is now primarily used to help children learn mathematical skills, and develop their mental math skills. Using abacus to learn math helps children to easily grasp concepts by presenting the numbers and their relationships as concrete beads instead of the regular abstract arithmetic processes.
In addition to helping children improve their mathematical skills, recent studies have shown that the abacus method of mental calculation, known as abacus mental math, also creates a ripple effect that benefits other disciplines. All the skills that children accumulate from our program will benefit them for life.
The curriculum used in our abacus and mental math classes are specially customized for Canadian students ages 4-13, while also meeting the international standards set by the International Abacus Education Research Institute. We teach in small classes, with a ratio of 5-6 students per teacher, to ensure your child gets the attention he/she needs.
The standards for abacus and mental calculation are set in 12 levels. Levels are ranked in descending order (12th level is the lowest level and 1st level is the highest).
Phase I: Readiness Level
This phase is designed to ensure that learners are able to conceptualize numbers on a physical, numerical and symbolic level. It is necessary to ensure that children have an appropriate understanding of the concept of numbers before they embark on the abacus math learning path.
Phase II: Introductory Level
The learning experience at this phase is designed to ensure that children have a natural understanding of all the basic principles of using an abacus. An important measurement at the end of this level is that children would have a good understanding of the times table.
Phase III: Foundation Level
With the basics of the abacus in place, this phase of the learning experience helps children to make quick progress to more complex mathematical problems. An important measurement at the end of this level is that children should be able to do simple addition and subtraction mentally.
Phase IV: Intermediate Level
This Phase can be started once a child displays a clear grasp of the basic principles/rules of the abacus and the times table. Multiplication and division are added to the learning path. An interesting skill that the children learn at this level is that they will start to show the ability to visualize calculations (in other words, no need for calculators and scrap paper).
Phase V: Advanced Level
Use of the abacus and understanding theory and visualization of solutions is taken to a higher level. Children learn to use the principles of abacus to solve larger math problems, some that may also contain decimals.
Phase VI: Supreme Level
Because the basics are in place, progress through the abacus math learning path can be accelerated and children are constantly encouraged to challenge themselves and their problem solving abilities.
2016 Abacus-Mathematics and Mental Arithmetic Competition: Canada
The students from Markham Abacus achieved remarkable success at this competition. With 10 students entered in the competition, 5 students placed within the top 4 in their level. A special mention goes to Thinegini Kuhanesan who placed first overall in Level 11. We would like to thank and congratulate all the winners and the students who participated.
2018 Abacus-Mathematics and Mental Arithmetic Competition: Canada
The students from Markham Abacus achieved remarkable success at this competition. With 22 students entered in the competition, our students placed:
3 students won the 1st place
1 student won the 2nd place
3 students won the 3rd place
2 students won the 4th place
4 students won the 5th place
2020 Abacus-Mathematics and Mental Arithmetic Competition: Canada
Coming Fall 2020.