5 Essential Traits / Skills Learned Through Abacus Education

[3 – ( 7 – 4 ( 6 – 5 ) + 4 ) ] + 7 = ? What do you think the answer is? Math can be as simple and as complicated as life. In order to accomplish something, we need certain skills and traits that would help us withstand the challenges thrown at us. Here are five essential traits/skills we can benefit from learning the Abacus that is essential in our day to day activities.


To concentrate attention or energy
→In Abacus Education Focus is boosted by simple and interesting calculations.

Timer and Test Group doing their Abacus calculation.

Students have a maximum of 30 minutes to do the four basic arithmetic skills: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.
In Timer and Test Group students to really have their focus in order to finish a 20-item calculation. Making this a habit develops your child’s focus and concentration.
This skill can help them anytime and everywhere and would lead to a better result.


Productive; creating.
→In Abacus Education Creativity is developed by activating the right side of the brain through imagination.

Jeanell doing Anzan.

→Every class always is productive. Students can compare their progress and can opt to do better than the last one.

In addition, they can do Anzan wherein they need to image the Abacus, the placement of the beads, the number on the Abacus and many more.
They tend to be more creative on how they solve the calculations and later on sticks to a specific style.


If one number is incorrect, students need to do it again until they answered it correctly.

→The act or an instance of remembering; recollection
→In Abacus Education Memory is enhanced by calculating repeatedly. Repetition is the key.

→ Having a good memory is very essential for everyone young and old. IPPO students sharpen this skill through repeated calculations. When they reach the 9th Grade students are given worksheets which comprise 20 sheets. Each is designed for that level and would help students be familiar with how to go about numbers. In the long run, students would definitely not think of the figure but the image of the Abacus in their head.


→the capacity for calmly enduring pain, trying situations and the like.
Patience is one of the traits that a child should possess while he is still young.It is cultivated through achieving one’s target or goal.

T.Carol assisting Kent on JUMP 17.

→Kent is 4-year old and is now about to finish his JUMP Book. This is the 3rd book of Abacus beginners and after such, they can proceed to 10th/9th Grade wherein they can learn multiplication through the use of the Abacus.


→The act, manner, or practice of managing; handling, supervision, or control.
→In Abacus Education Management is about handling information through calculating quickly and accurately and manages to do another activity in a spare time..

If Dee finishes her Abacus Calculations then she can do Anzan Challenge.

→In IPPO, it is not only calculation skills being mastered. In order to have speed and accuracy students need to finish in the least time possible. This is for the students to do other things like Anzan (Mental Calculation) and Yomiage (Dictation of Sums). The skill being done is management in where students are very mindful of the time (FOCUS), redoing incorrect answers (PATIENCE)(MEMORY) and activating the brain through the image of the Abacus (CREATIVITY).

Abacus Education is long-term. Parents should also be patient in order to see visible results. The span of education depends on how slow or fast a student can be, how motivated he is to do Abacus and the support of Parents in their endeavor. Practice makes perfect and living everyday life is like a practice.

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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!