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The Role of Abacus in Cognitive Development

Updated: Jun 23, 2023


A child’s brain possesses a fantastic innate ability to learn. However, their extensive brain potential cannot be maximized if it is not nurtured thoroughly.


This article will explore the role of the abacus in cognitive development and how it can be used to improve a child’s brain power and overall educational performance. We will also discuss how the abacus can be used to improve child's cognitive development.


Abacus in Cognitive Development

Cognitive development means how children explore, think, and figure things out. This is the development of knowledge, problem-solving skills, and dispositions that helps a child think about and understand the world around them.


But how does the abacus help in their cognitive development?


The brain is made up of two hemispheres, the left and the right. The left side of the brain is used for mathematical functions, sequencing, logical reasoning, and linear processes. This side of the brain is trained first when children learn math traditionally. The right side of the brain is used for imagination, visualization, intuition, and rhythm. This side of the brain is trained when children learn the abacus.


Both sides of the brain are developed throughout the abacus training. During abacus training, a child learns how to solve problems by moving the beads on the abacus until they can figure out the necessary formula to solve math problems. This helps them develop their independence in solving problems, being imaginative, and being accurate in their choices.



The Power of Abacus

The abacus is no longer just a tool to perform mathematical calculations; it has now become an essential tool for a child’s brain development. Abacus-trained children have shown remarkable progress. Abacus training does not only help in strengthening a child's mental arithmetic capabilities but also aids in developing useful skills for them to be prepared for future challenges.


What are the skills that can be developed? Let’s talk about it!


1. Improves Logical Understanding

After a long time of abacus training, children can easily recall the image of the abacus while performing calculations. This develops their mental calculations, and with practice, the child learns to think logically just like the movements they do with the beads. This not only benefits children in their early years, but it also trains their brain to use logic in everyday situations.


2. Improves Memory Skills

Using the abacus can help improve memory skills by training the brain to remember numbers and patterns. Using the abacus can also help children remember mathematical facts, such as multiplication tables. By practising with an abacus, children can develop their short-term memory and recall skills, allowing them to remember more information with ease. With regular practice, children can become adept at using an abacus to solve complex mathematical problems quickly and accurately.


3. Develops Analytical Skills

Whenever a child solves a mathematical problem using an abacus, they instantly sharpen their analytical skills. In every mathematical problem, being able to figure out which formula to use is already a good example of being able to use their analytical skills.


4. Develops Spatial Reasoning

An abacus is a multi-sensory tool. It is utilized in a controlled manner, and demonstrates how children can handle physical objects with abstract thinking.


5. Overall Educational Proficiency

It is well known that the abacus is used to perform math operations. Abacus training can also help children excel in all subjects. Children who are abacus-trained perform better in school as they are able to develop the other benefits mentioned above: concentration, memory skills, logical understanding, analytical skills, and so on.


How we help!

Mentalmatics does not limit your child’s brain potential. With the help of abacus training, your child, as early as 3 years old, can rest assured that his or her cognitive development will not only be on the right track but will also maximize its full brain potential. Mentalmatics offers programs for children of all ages, and with their interactive and fun learning methods, your children will be mastering the abacus in no time!


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