The human brain is most active between the ages of 4 and 10 years. Between the ages of 6 and 7, the brain cells are in the phase of intense, dynamic learning. Which means, if given the right kind of training and stimulus, a child can learn skills to calculate faster and improve his problem-solving abilities.
An abacus and mental arithmetic learning concept helps the child’s brain to develop some of its basic learning abilities such as memory, visualization, concentration, listening, learning, creativity, self-esteem, speed and accuracy.
When to start
Experts believe that the best time to start an Abacus or Mental Arithmetic program is when the child begins writing the numbers from 0 to 9. Children who are in the age group 4-7 years between kindergarten and second grade have the best brain power to absorb and learn. This is the best time to nurture your child’s brain.
This phase is also a critical phase because the child begins to learn mathematical concepts and the idea of addition and subtraction. It is also the phase when homework is easy. As a parent you should use this opportunity to further stimulate the child’s brain. Learning abacus by using the VAK (visual, auditory and kinetics memory) method is the most appropriate way for children to become familiar with numbers and basic math functions. The mental arithmetic will allow mental training and learning of complex mathematical concepts. All this will build a stronger foundation for your child’s future education.
Phases of brain development in children
At the age of three, your child’s brain would be expected to grow 60 percent. Your child has the strongest power to absorb at this age. Between the ages of 3-6 years, your child’s brain grows by another 20 percent. At this time, the power of learning and absorption is not as strong as at the age of three. But your child will surprise you with amazing results if you give her a stimulating learning environment.
At the age of 10, children have to work harder and be more disciplined in learning.
This article is provided by Children’s Academy ‘Brainobrain Europe’. The program offers a wide range of mental activities that encourage the potential of the child’s brain and stimulate the process of learning and development in children between the age group 4-14 years.