2 Japanese Math Methods: KUMON and Abacus

In Japan, most Japanese kids do after-school programs for most of their parents are out or busy. Let’s talk about two Japanese methods: KUMON and Abacus which is now adapted in the Philippines.

KUMON vs Abacus
KUMON-SHIKI Abacus
(ISHIDO-SHIKI)
Math Method: +Written Calculation +Abacus Calculation
Advantage: +Preparation & Review for School Education +Total Brain Development
Common: +Small Step
+Improving Mental Math
+Early Childhood Education
Difference: +Left Brain Thinking
+Capture Numbers as Numbers
+Whole Math
+Homework is necessary
+Right Brain Thinking
+Capture Numbers as Images
+4 Basic Operation
+None Homework
Impression: +Many homework
+Commercial base
+World-Wide
+Why Abacus?
+I have a digital-calculator
+I know it, but I don’t know how..

As parents, we would ask: “Why KUMON?”, “Why Abacus?”, “Can they help my child?”, “What are the benefits if I enroll my child there?”, “Would this be beneficial for my child in the future?”. These are common questions asked especially when we learn some new information. Let’s talk about these Japanese companies.


About KUMON-SHIKI?

Kumon-shiki was established on July 1958, Japan. It was started by Toru Kumon, a high school Math Teacher, who began to provide education to his son by providing numerous calculation programs. This is the origin of Kumon Method. In 1974, Kumon started to penetrate the global scene. There are more than 40 countries and regions studying the Kumon Method. In the Philippines, Kumon started 1996 in Manila and is now the fastest growing After-school Center.

KUMON (Philippines)
Established
(*Japan)
Branches
(*World)
Text & Materials Price
1996
(*1958)
250 over
(*8,400)
+Small Step Worksheets 2,000php(NCR)
1,850php(Other region)

Kumon is a worksheet based learning style in which students are given worksheets based on their previous performance. Time and accuracy are taken into consideration in order to do the next worksheet. Kumon makes your child do a lot of procedural practice in which will be effective in early school days. Hence, helps the child transcend one concept to another,making it easier for him to apply concepts over concepts. Enrolling your child in Kumon will mean concrete learning steps every day.

Kumon learning is practical and relies on paper, pencil, eraser and daily practice. Most parents would be familiar with this focus on content rather than on the tools of computers, calculators or theories. To sum up, Kumon Method is a learning method that pursues the potential of each individual student and develops his or her ability to the maximum.

Source: http://www.kumon.co.uk/

★BENEFITS OF KUMON:

  1. Fosters a love of learning
  2. Progress at your own pace
  3. Develop good study habits
  4. Self-learning Ability
  5. Advance beyond school grade level

To sum up, Kumon Method is a learning method that pursues the potential of each individual student and develops his or her ability to the maximum.

More information about KUMON: http://ph.kumonglobal.com/


About ISHIDO-SHIKI?

Ishido-shiki was established in 1970. It was started by Kenichi Ishido that aims to redefine education through the incorporation of Abacus with the educational curriculum. Ishido has been one of the growing Abacus schools in Japan with more than 200 establishments.

ISHIDO (Philippines)
Established
(*Japan)
Branches
(*World)
Text & Materials Price
2016
(*1973)
1
(*200)
+Small Step Workbook
+Abacus
3,000php
(Twice a week)

Ishido-shiki adopted the small step method curriculum and image control method to nurture self-confidence and motivation and had developed their own teaching method. Verified and reorganized old-fashioned abacus guidelines and developed original teaching methods and teaching materials that are easy to understand even for young children. The class is characterized not only by Abacus but also by mental math teaching materials.

With the help of an Abacus, simple arithmetical functions are easy to learn. In addition to that, enrolling your kid in IPPO (ISHIDO-SHIKI Philippines) can also help them to bring up their confidence and concentration level in their daily activities. Not only that, learning abacus can also help a child to improve their memory.

★BENEFITS OF ABACUS:

  1. Develops Focus and Concentration
  2. Creativity
  3. Enhance memory
  4. Cultivate patience
  5. Manages one’s self

To sum it up, Ishido-shiki method aims to support people’s growth through Abacus Education.

More information about ISHIDO-SHIKI: http://www.ishido-soroban.com/


Summary

Every institution aims for the betterment of our child. Regardless of what, how, when and where as long as we can see the smile on our child’s face whenever he finishes his work. Whether it be KUMON or ISHIDO as long as it can bring happiness to the child then it might be doing good. Read, observe and join what your child is doing.

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Pau

Abacus Teacher at IPPO Japanese Math Inc.
Hi, everyone!! I'm T. Pau, one of the Abacus Teachers in IPPO. Come and enjoy math the Japanese way!! See you soon!
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Hi, everyone!! I'm T. Pau, one of the Abacus Teachers in IPPO. Come and enjoy math the Japanese way!! See you soon!