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# Abacus

Posted by on Oct. 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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Has anyone used one to supplement the teaching of addition and subtraction to their first graders? When you read reviews, this is what a lot of people use abacuses for.

We have the Melissa and Doug, but learning resources' abacus is supposed to be better, and it comes with instructions. I'm going to try to paint the M&D to make it better and download instructions off the web.

Just wanted to know if you've used an abacus and how it worked out.
by on Oct. 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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by Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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this is going to sound snarky, but I have had a bad morning....

how can one abacus be better than another?
by Silver Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Lol. The 10 on each row split in half by color so it is easy to find 5. Also, the LR' abacus is wider.

Quoting colins_mom:this is going to sound snarky, but I have had a bad morning....

how can one abacus be better than another?
by Gold Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM
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We have one, and rarely use it. The kids at our school are being taught touch points.

by Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM
ah ok

Quoting Impressionists:

Lol. The 10 on each row split in half by color so it is easy to find 5. Also, the LR' abacus is wider.

Quoting colins_mom:this is going to sound snarky, but I have had a bad morning....

how can one abacus be better than another?
by Silver Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:19 AM
I gave no idea what that is. Lol. It seems to me that the more angles you can learn something from the better off you will be. What are touch points?

Quoting mom22tumblebugs:

We have one, and rarely use it. The kids at our school are being taught touch points.

by Gold Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM
Our school uses various things to help teach math. Mainly ones cubes, 10 sticks, 100 planes, 1000 blocks.

I don't think I've seen any schools in the last 6-7 years use abacus type items and I've been in 5-6 different elementary schools.
by Platinum Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Goodness!  Reading stuff like this makes my blood pressure rise.  Kids need to learn/memorize their math facts not some convoluted tool.  I know it helps some, but the number of kids coming to the upper levels without basic computation skills is frightening and it's because of methods like this.  Ugh!  FTR I know what "touch points" are.

Quoting mom22tumblebugs:

We have one, and rarely use it. The kids at our school are being taught touch points.

by Silver Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM
Sounds Montessori. Those materials are really expensive.

Quoting Andrewsmom70:

Our school uses various things to help teach math. Mainly ones cubes, 10 sticks, 100 planes, 1000 blocks.

I don't think I've seen any schools in the last 6-7 years use abacus type items and I've been in 5-6 different elementary schools.

by Silver Member on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Does use of an abacus make your blood pressure rise? I also thought of rote memory and flash cards.

Quoting mjande4:

Goodness!  Reading stuff like this makes my blood pressure rise.  Kids need to learn/memorize their math facts not some convoluted tool.  I know it helps some, but the number of kids coming to the upper levels without basic computation skills is frightening and it's because of methods like this.  Ugh!  FTR I know what "touch points" are.

Quoting mom22tumblebugs:

We have one, and rarely use it. The kids at our school are being taught touch points.

by on Oct. 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM
I have no idea what that is