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Why we are learning Soroban Abacus

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Recent scientific interest in how the mental abacus affects brain development has spurred study as well as policy shift amongst educators in countries where it is a novel concept: Great Britain aims to improve numeracy by using Japanese techniques | Mail Online. Parents whose children have never yet learned arithmetic by the traditional Western method, are at an advantage for making use of these benefits, especially if their children aren't attending school in countries where it has not yet been adopted. Abacus camps, franchise schools, and academies are sprouting up all over the US, but have largely not hit less populous regions yet. There were none that I could find, in my entire state, though places like California, Washington State, Massachusetts, and Hawaii have many to choose from.

Therefore, it was learn it alongside my children, or nothing.

A more personal take on my math struggles and abilities in school, and why I embarked on the new territory of abacus study with my children Public Nerdity Is Not a Crime: Why we are learning Soroban Abacus is on my blog, Public Nerdity is not a Crime Public Nerdity Is Not a Crime.


  1. crunchynerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyCatWoman
    Love your blog, my son is just starting Right Start Math which uses a traditional style abacus. The facts are FINALLY starting to stick, as he is picturing the abacus in his head! I look forward to hearing how this goes for your family.
    I'm interested in hearing about how Right Start Math is going, too! Does it use a soroban-style abacus too? (1 upper bead, and 4 lower ones per rod) And thanks for the props about my blog, too.
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