Our school accepts 5-year-old (Pre-K) and up. Adult students are also welcome. Prerequisite to join the program is to be able to recognize numbers 0-100, and to write 0-10.
Parent involvement is essential to ensuring your child gets the most out of this program. Areas of parent involvement include:
While homework is optional, it is essential to progress abacus skills. After each lesson, students are given workbook assignments that can be completed in no more than 20 minutes per day. Students are encouraged to set aside time to practice every day.
Our group lessons typically consist of three parts.
Beginner lessons include:
Intermediate/Advanced lessons include:
We use Japan’s Abacus Federation (日本計算技能連盟) levels, study materials, and exams. We administer exams every other month throughout the year, once the student is ready for the next level.
Abacus level milestones include:
It can vary depending on the student’s age, acumen and commitment level. On average, pre-K students take 8-12 months to complete basic addition/subtraction skills of Abacus level 10 Kyu , while Grade 1 students take 3-4 months.
Yes. Anzan and Abacus levels do differ from each other. When students have completed abacus basics (10Kyu), they will start practicing Anzan (mental math).
The milestones of Anzan levels are as follows:
Dictation requires students perform mathematical operations of addition/subtraction when equations are spoken orally. Dictation can be performed with or without an abacus. Please refer this video for dictation samples [Click HERE]. Flash Anzan is only addition process of the written numbers (1-3 digits), that are displayed on the computer screen [Click HERE]. The speed of the display can be as fast as 15 three-digit-numbers in 3 seconds. Students develop concentration skills through both practices. In our school, we designate practice time of either Dictation or Flash Anzan in almost every week.
Detailed information on program costs is available following completion of your free trial lesson. Costs include:
The lesson is taught in the student's preferred language, either English or Japanese. Dictation in the group lesson is conducted mostly in English.
Try abacus math for free. Visit our "contact page" and request your 30-minute trial lesson. Following the trial, information about associated costs and lesson scheduling will be shared. Once enrollment process is completed, the student can join one of our group lessons.
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