Preview Abacus Math Club Classes
Below you will find a detailed description of each of the levels in Abacus Math Club.
Level 0 - Arithmetic Foundations
Objectives: Students will gain a solid understanding of place value and math operations using the AL Abacus.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to count to 20 and identify numerals up through 10.
Sample Video Lesson: Even and Odd Numbers, Ordinal Numbers
Objectives: Students will finally memorize their addition, subtraction, and multiplication math facts.
Prerequisites: Students must have a basic understanding of what addition and subtraction are, as well as be able to count and recognize numbers up through 100.
Sample Video Lesson: The 5-2-3 Fact Family
Level 1 - Basic Arithmetic Operations
Objectives: Students learn how to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and long division on the soroban-style abacus.
Prerequisites: Students must know their 10-fact families (10-5-5, 10-6-4, 10-7-3, 10-8-2, and 10-9-1) and their multiplication tables up through 9.
Level 2 - Speed Arithmetic Techniques
Objectives: Students learn various techniques for performing hard arithmetic problems quickly and mentally. Techniques come from Trachtenberg, Vedic math, and abacus visualization.
Prerequisites: Students must know all their addition and subtraction math facts up through 20, as well as all their multiplication tables up through 9. Students should have completed Level 1 in order to learn abacus visualization techniques.
Sample Video Lesson: The Base Method of Multiplication
Level 3 - Arithmetic Problem Solving
Objectives: Students will learn how to apply the Singapore Math model drawing technique to solve arithmetic word problem situations that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and ratios.
Prerequisites: Level 2 and students must be able to read English fluently.
Though there is a wide range of grade levels that can start at a particular level, keep in mind that within a level, children will be separated into different class times based on age and grade. In general, a student, no matter the age, who has a firm grasp of their math facts (5+3=8, 8x7=56, etc.) will start at Level 1, where they will learn how to trade the beads on a soroban-style abacus to do multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Older children who are struggling in math typically still need to memorize their math facts, and therefore may be placed in an age appropriate Fun Facts class to get them ready for Level 1. Younger children who still need an understanding of the decimal system and what the math operations are can start at Level 0.
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