How does Abacus Maths differ from tuition or classroom learning?

We offer personalised and individual training for students, with a highly qualified team. This is the way education should be, and it is on par with the best in the world. We also have much smaller classes, which means individual attention to detail, and the time for asking and answering of questions.

Is Abacus Maths for struggling or gifted children?

The programme is designed to help both types of students benefit massively, by using the techniques we teach. Both groups will find the programme very stimulating, as we work at the child’s pace, not ours.

How old do you have to be to start Abacus Maths study?

Our target market is ages 3 to 12. Ideally, we encourage students between the ages of 3 and 13, when the brain is most like a sponge and absorbs the fastest. However, we are strong advocates of lifelong learning, so if you are 100, we won’t turn you away, and we encourage you to start, even at that age!

How do the Abacus Maths programmes relate to a child’s age?

We can move children as fast as their potential (and parental support) allows. For example, we have pre-school kids doing Grade 3 Maths. A child does not need to be bored and remain unchallenged, just because s/he is stuck in an age group. We also help kids who have fallen behind to catch up.

How will Abacus Maths help my child with their schoolwork?

We lay a rock-solid foundation. This in turn gives any person a thorough understanding of the way the brain works. Over time, they begin to approach a problem with more confidence, because they know they can solve it eventually. This also translates into better coping skills for life in general. The only downside is that you may battle to keep up!

Remember, Mathematics is a language, and we provide our students with a broader vocabulary.

Why do Abacus Maths students work every day?

We know, based on our research, that what we teach is a skill like playing the piano – the more you practice, the better you get. But even with class once a week, the improvement in results will be noticeable.

Why does Abacus Maths place such importance on timing work?

Because the brain needs to work under pressure, in order to develop optimally.

How is an Abacus Maths student taught?

With every lesson, the instructor engages all the traditional learning senses (sight, hearing, touch). We start with gross motor skills and then move on to fine motor activities. From there, we move on to the audio-visual senses. We teach the new concepts, and then solidify them by practicing the skill.

We are looking at getting kids to bake an abacus with Smarties (for all the smarty-pants kids) so that they can also involve the senses of smell and taste, LO

How much does it cost?

R4,200 per year, or R420 per month over 10 months.

How often does an Abacus Maths student go for lessons, and for how long?

This is the breakdown:

  • 3-year-olds: 30-minute lessons.

  • Grade R to Grade 1: 45-minute lessons.

  • Grade 2 and up: 1 hour.

  • The above can vary, depending on the teacher and the class’ ability to concentrate.

  • Lessons happen weekly during school terms.

  • Students can continue indefinitely, for as long as they would like to do the programme; we recommend at least 2 years of continuous learning, however, for the information to stick and for the skill to become a habit.

How much help am I expected to give my child at home?

We recommend being actively engaged. Homework must be done as soon as possible after the lesson, with the new “rule” they have learnt about the abacus reinforced with discussions and practice throughout the week.

What if my child’s Maths is not very good?

Using the abacus correctly will fix the foundation errors, so that the student begins to approach the work with confidence.

How will my child’s progress be recognised?

Like all parents, you want to see an improvement in your child’s progress. You can view their Abacus Maths books and discuss their learning plan with the Abacus Maths instructor.

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