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First Grade Students Introduced to Abacus Math

This week, students in first grade classes were introduced to Abacus Math. The use of the Soroban abacus helps students to practice mental math skills by providing place value instruction in a concrete manner. The students were excited to learn about how the earth beads had a value of one, and the heavenly beads had a value of five. Using this Japanese math manipulative, students will learn to add and subtract multi-digit numbers simply by moving the appropriate beads to the value bar. Research shows that the use of the abacus has a positive effect on working memory and in developing a growth mind-set approach to math.
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