When I was in high school, I could remember all the telephone numbers of my friends and close relatives by heart. Ever since the mobile phone entered my life, I can only remember my husband’s mobile phone number, the house number, my parent’s number and my grandparents’ number. When I was in University, when it was time to split the bill, we would work out the answer in our heads. These days, someone whips out a mobile phone and turns on the calculator function to calculate how much everybody owes. In this advancing age of technology, we’re using our brains less and less, and you know what they say, “Use it or lose it.”
Math, like reading, is one of those subjects that everyone needs. Whether you’re a student trying to pass a Math test in school, or an adult looking over the company’s financial reports, Math is an integral part of our lives. Therefore, it makes sense to help our children become proficient at it. If we teach them to become proficient at it at a young age, we can lessen the likelihood of them becoming dependent on technology to help them work out the answers. After all, if you can calculate faster than a calculator, why would you need to depend on a calculator?
One of the ways we can help our children become proficient at Math is to teach them Anzan (Japanese Mental Math).
How can I teach my child Anzan?
Math Secret is an online program that teaches children how to use the Soroban abacus offering:
- Up to 60 Minutes per day of learning!
- Unlimited lesson viewings
- Unlimited homework
- Unlimited quizzes
- Unlimited tests
- Unlimited lessons and software updates
- Unlimited access to “AskTeacher” questions via email (responses typically within a few hours to no more than 24 hours during business operations).
- Parents and siblings are welcomed to view and participate in learning!
You can also purchase workbooks for children from ages 2 and up. Students age 3-4 learn basic math counting and simple addition/subtraction. Students age 5-6 learn basic math, addition/subtraction, simple multiplication/division, and an introduction to problem solving. Students age 7-12+ learn basic math, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, and problem solving.
Watch the video below for an overview about Math Secret:
Children as young as three years old can start using Math Secret. The boy in the following video is four years old and he is able to calculate with extreme speed and accuracy through Math Secret.