# Abacus & its benefits

Updated on May 8, 2017

## Abacus

Remember the black slates with which most of us have started are formal educational training?

More often than not it used to come equipped with numerous beads of different colours sliding on different wires. But if you think that its use was limited to only those early years, get ready to read something you didn’t give a thought to.

From the pages of history

Abacus is the oldest used device for the purpose Maths in the different countries like Mesopotamia,

Egypt, Persia, Greece, India, China and Africa. Merchant and traders have been using this device for their calculations and some of the countries have been using even today. The beads could be formed from materials like stone, wood or metal.

The device is known to be first existed in 2700 BC when used in Mesopotamia. The word ‘Abacus’ entered Middle English in 1387 AD while describing about a sand board abacus. Since then, various forms, names and purposes to use this device have been documented. For example, Chinese called it Suanpan and Japanese referred to it as Soroban. Abacuses used in one country or culture were different that those in others in structure, material, number of beads and the way they were used to calculate.

History of every single one of them is interesting to look at.

Abacus as used today

Today parents are using modern gadgets to make their kids grasp the basic mathematical concepts.

Colorful beads make the learning fun and exciting for the kids, be it simple addition and subtraction or slightly complex multiplication and division. Concepts like square root, cube root and fraction can also be learned from this simple device.

Separate classes are often run to make student master in using abacus for faster calculations. There are different levels which kids of different age groups can find themselves in. Normally, kids of 3 years and more can easily get into abacus-learning mode.

Since abacus make number tangible in the form of beads, they are better at working with them, especially for things like Skip Counting.

Benefits of teaching through Abacus

• Arithmetical tool
• Brain workout
• Concentration boost
• Increasing imagery and visualization
• Analytical and logical processing
• Confidence lift due to passing levels

With these points on mind, all the parents should make an attempt to include this instrument in the learning process of their kids. Exploring a simple device can unlock the hidden potential of your kids!

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