The date is Saturday 4 August 2018. It’s a clear crisp late winter’s morning, and in your mind it’s a toss-up between a snuggle-in under the duvet, or a hearty breakfast at your favourite coffee shop. It’s neither.
Instead, this is the day to grow your child’s brain – and your own – at the Abacus Maths 7th Regional Championships, to be held at the Church of Christ, 115 CR Swart Drive in Sundowner, Johannesburg (just off Beyers Naudé Drive).
Abacus Maths is hosting the regional event, where children from all over Johannesburg will show off their prowess with the abacus. Just how many calculations can those smart little brains make in the limited time that they have – and can your older brain keep up?
The only way to find out is to attend and come expand that grey matter!
The event is open to anyone and has two 2-hour sessions: the competition between 7:30 and 9:30, and the prize giving between 13:00 and 15:00. Parents, grandparents, schoolteachers and principals are all encouraged to attend, to support their kids. In between, why not take the kids for a snack at Northgate, Cresta or Clearwater?
For those not based in Johannesburg, there will also be regional competitions held in Pretoria, Cape Town and the North-West.
Quinnette Brits, one of the directors of Abacus Maths, states that the event will help prepare South Africa for the international GAJSMA competition to be held later at the Birchwood Conference Centre on 30 September. “Our kids have consistently fared very well in international competitions, even where we compete with Japanese kids who grew up with the abacus tradition,” she says.
The competition spans several age categories and various levels of difficulty, and children will compete with each other. “We are not trying to create a pressured environment where children feel they need to compete,” says Quinnette, “but it is a lot of fun when kids jostle with each other in a light-hearted way. It’s like playing 30 Seconds with friends. In the end, every person is only competing against the person that they used to be, as we all grow into our better selves.”
“Our youngest contestants are 3 years of age. They compete in three different categories: Step-by-step, Numeracy and Japanese Abacus levels. This just confirms what we know already – children are like sponges and can absorb what we ‘feed’ them. The earlier we train them, the better it is for them!”
If your kid is a smartypants – and you’re one of those smartypants parents – we will see you there!
If you’d like to know more about your child’s genius and the abacus, please click here: www.abacusmaths.co.za
The Abacus Maths Team