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Learning Resources 2-Color Desktop Abacus, Red Frame
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- Abacus allows children to visually and tangibly move beads as they count, add, subtract, multiply, identify place value, and more
- Helps children learn and reinforce abstract math concepts in a hands-on way
- Features a frame that is thicker than the beads, allowing the abacus to lie flat on student desks
- Abacus includes 10 rows of 10 beads in 2 colors grouped in 5s for ease of use
- Ideal for ages 5+
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Abacus activities offer students tactile counting practice and visual reinforcement of math facts. Includes 10 rows of 10 beads in 2 colors grouped in fives for ease of use.
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|Item Dimensions||10.2 x 7.6 x 0.8 in||12 x 3 x 12 in||10.38 x 10.28 x 5.87 in||3.74 x 13.86 x 1.06 in||0.4 x 7 x 10 in||3 x 8.7 x 1.1 in|
|Item Weight||0.55 lb||1.76 lbs||7.76 ounces||0.99 lb||3.53 ounces||4 ounces|
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After reading the explanation that came with this one - the logic made perfect sense to me and seems brilliant in its simplicity. It even made me think about how I add in a different, more intuitive way. I believe this helped my son get a handle on beginning addition. He definitely liked moving the beads about and having a physical way of figuring out the problems.
We already had Cuisenaire Rods (http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Resources-Connecting-Cuisenaire-Introductory/dp/B000F8T9HW) and a Plastic Base Ten Number Concepts Set (http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Base-Ten-Number-Concepts/dp/1564514498) But, for the way his class was learning addition, the abacus was particularly helpful. After using it for a while you start to visualize the answer in your head, and if you don't have the abacus, you can use your 5 fingers on each hand using the same concepts.
Sometimes we get out the Cuisenaire Rods or the Base Ten blocks instead - depends on what's getting covered. I'm actually glad I have all three ways of showing math concepts.
I will note that my father-in-law, a former high school math teacher, briefly looked at the Abacus declared he didn't get it at all and said we should just get a "chinese" style abacus instead. My husband grew up with a Chinese style abacus (obviously his Dad taught him on that) and also claims he doesn't understand this one at all. (I think he's only put about 3 minutes into looking at it.) But, I'm the one who usually goes over the homework and I "get" it, as does my son, - so, I'm sticking with this one.
This is a great learning tool; a child can use their minds and their hands at the same time. The abacus holds their interest.
This is a great, inexpensive way to start a child learning math without boring them into inattentiveness. The image doesn't really show it but if you slide all the beads on one wire there is adequate space between the beads on the adjacent wires (which is necessary to really use it). Beads alternate colors at intervals of 5 which facilitates exercises such as counting by fives.
We use this abacus to play an educational game with our daughter. We set up a little market in our home and she keeps up with what she has sold using the abacus. I fully expect that she will be able to calculate her gross sales in a few months.
I first purchased her the Melissa and Doug abacus which is a cute toy with sliding beads but it isn't functional. As pointed out by a reviewer of that toy it lacks several integral design concepts, i.e. the beads from one wire to another will overlap the adjacent rows when you slide them all over and the beads on the wires are not different colors at 5 bead intervals. In short you can't really use that one.
This abacus is actually functional and is a great way to introduce a child to basic math. Recommended.