How Vedic math and abacus help in development of math skills

How Vedic math and abacus help in development of math skills

Maths? No no please don’t make me attend Maths classes! Anything but that!!!!

How many of us have repeatedly heard this plaintive cry of our kids? We have all known despairing parents who knowing the importance of Mathematics at all class levels, are just unable to get our kid/s to do Maths, let alone like the subject.

And like any such parent, are you bewildered by all this talk of Vedic Maths and Abacus that promise to make your child a genius in Maths? Are you looking for some information on this and if it is worth your while (and money) to let your child attend these classes? Well, if then, read on - this blog is just for you! It demystifies the concepts of Vedic Maths and Abacus for you and explains to you the impact of these alternative methods to learn the subject so that you can take a decision.

Vedic Mathematics is a collection of techniques discovered in the period 1911-1918 by the Indian mathematician Shri Bharathi Krishna Tirthaji. The techniques can be used to solve problems in many areas like arithmetic, algebra, calculus, geometry, and conics. Numerical calculations can be done very easily and quickly once the student has mastered the General and Specific Techniques of Vedic Mathematics. Students who use Vedic Maths to solve problems have been seen to be 17 times faster than those using normal Maths. Students of Vedic Maths need to only know the multiplication tables very well to master these techniques.

Like Vedic Maths, Abacus is also a technique. It is an age-old one and has been used in many countries since ancient times for basic counting. Instead of using numbers and formulae it uses a mechanical device, a counting frame with beads, to make the calculations and counting. The abacus method is still used around the world in pre-schools and elementary schools as an aid to teaching arithmetic. By learning to use the abacus, your children would learn a new way of counting and how to add and subtract using complementary numbers. They will learn to look at problems in new ways and come up with easy and simple methods to solve them. It is a systematic process of calculation. With practice the child will not require the counting frame and will be able to do the calculations mentally itself and at great speeds.

Vedic Maths and Abacus methods both have the potential to eradicate the phobia for maths among children completely. Results can be seen almost instantly and school performance will improve drastically.

These alternate methods of doing Maths will sharpen the mind, improve speed and accuracy and above all increase mental agility and confidence. The newly created interest for numbers will help develop your child’s left and right sides of the brain thereby enhancing their intuitive and innovative capabilities. The methods are easy to learn but intensive practice is necessary.

Once your child undergoes training in either of these methods, he/she will be able to perform long and complicated maths problems in a jiffy! Faster than a calculator! Additionally, studies have shown that these methods help in the overall development of the child. Their left and right brain, both open up making them more creative and also, more logical. It will increase their concentration and learning ability and do marvels to their self-esteem motivating them to become all-round achievers. While Abacus is particularly useful in lower classes in topics like HCF and LCM, Vedic Maths provides support in higher classes helping children to solve complicated polynomial functions and equations.

Your child would no more fear Maths classes and would indeed be eager to attend them.

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