Teaching children to count on the most ANCIENT of tools, the Abacus, is a hands-on kinesthetic learning experience. What little fingers do not like to touch, slide, move, and handle smooth balls? Let's use that curiosity to teach them to count. This method of teaching math will develop hand-eye coordination skills, dexterity and fine motor skills, as well as increase their attention span and allow comprehension of math with higher level thinking skills using sight and touch. Children will understand the relationship between numbers, values and manipulating objects.
Higher level thinking students need to see the BIG picture and rote memorization is not productive for them. They need the hands-on big picture image that the abacus give of math, numbers and their relationships towards one another.
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