Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is " abacus"?

A. Abacus is a method of mental calculation based on the principles of abacus calculation. A virtual image of the abacus is formed in the mind and used to perform calculations at highly accelerated speed.

Q. Does my kid require an abacus to calculate?

A. No, an abacus is not required. The concept of the abacus is used; however, as described above, only an image of the abacus is required.

Q. How long does it take to learn?

A. The Abacus System consists of ten levels. Level 10 is the novice level, and level 1 is the most advanced. The training takes approximately 15 months to complete. Normally, dramatic improvement in math capability is evident after the Six month, when the student has achieved level 8 or 7.

Q. Is there a grading standard? What is it?

A. Yes, there is a grading standard. The 10 levels of theabacus system are themselves indicative of the grade achieved. This is a system, over 150 years old, inherited from the Japanese and now in use internationally.

Q. How does Cats abacus differ from the arithmetic traditionally taught in school?

A. The difference between cats abacus calculation and traditional methods is profound, but difficult to summarize. abacus calculation relies upon the manipulation of an image rather than the arithmetic processes with which we are familiar. Thus it is able to draw upon right-brain resources and the result is dramatically increased speed. Details of the process are best understood by attending one of our seminars.

Q. Will this training conflict with the school's method of teaching math?

A. Yes and no. There are distinct differences in the two methods. However, if a child is able to start the program prior to or concurrent with being taught traditional methods, there is minimal conflict and the child will easily work within both systems. If a child starts the program later, having already received traditional foundations, there may be a slightly extended learning period (approximately 3 months) for the child to accept and integrate the abacus method.

Q. We are not westran. Will this training be more difficult for my kid?

A. No, all training materials and instructions are offered in the Simple English language. A cultural understanding of abacus principles may assist you in understanding the system; however, it is not required for the student's success in this program. In addition, unique amongst its competitors, ABS actively encourages parents to participate in the novice training period (level 10), thus both assisting the parent in understanding the system and enabling the parent to support his or her child in the early training stages.

Q. What is the best age to start?

A. Most children start this program between age 4-16, The best age to start is 4 or 14 Because the brain cells are vigorously learning which connections to keep and which to discard between the age of 4 to about 14 the brain is super active. Then about age 14 or so, half the connections will have died off, leaving about 500 trillion that remains fairly constant through our most of our life time. Also, children over the age of 14 may have a steeper learning curve before experiencing full benefits of our system.

Q. My kid is not good at math at all. What kind of improvement can I expect?

A. Because the training method of abacus differs so greatly from that of traditional mathematics, a lack of ability in traditional math does not predict any less success in the program. On the contrary, some of the most successful students have been those who previously experienced difficulty in this subject. If a student is dedicated to the program, receives strong parental support and encouragement, and persists through the initial training period, then dramatic improvement is guaranteed. Our confidence in the program we offer is supported by a guarantee. For details, please contact an Cats Location or www.catsabacus.com

Q.My kid is an A student in math. Is there a benefit to his learning image abacus?

A. A student who has already demonstrated advanced ability in mathematics will benefit greatly from learning the abacus method. Relieved of the mechanics of arithmetic calculation, the student will be able to devote full attention to more advanced concepts both in mathematics and in other subject areas.

Q. How tough is this program? How much effort will be required from my kid?

A. To put simply, this is a challenging program. However, history has shown that very few students withdraw from the program until a basic proficiency, and the associated dramatic improvement in ability, is achieved. This is largely due to the extremely positive reinforcement that a child receives as the program begins to take effect. A positive cycle of achievement and the enhanced self-esteem that comes from accomplishment begins early and sustains the child through the significant effort that is required.

Do you know ?

* 80% of the world's people have a more developed left brain.

* Traditional abacus have 2 fives and 5 ones on each column because old Chinese unit of measure for weight is 16 based.

* Modern abacus have 1 five and 4 ones on each column because of 10 based calculation.

* Dr. Roger Sperry of the California Institute of Technology won a Nobel Prize for his work on the functions of the brain's hemispheres.

* The right brain has a "high-speed, high-capacity memory" mechanism.