Abacus is a tool, which is very simple and logical system. The image abacus is the virtual picture of the tool in the mind. When a child starts using abacus, he starts with the physical tool and later on the tool forms in the mind as virtual tool.
There are ten levels. Ten is the initial level and one is the most advanced level. To achieve mastery over all the ten levels it takes around 2 to 3 years. To do level six, generally it takes 1 to 1� years. However, after one year a child shows remarkable improvement in mental math capability.
Traditionally taught antithesis systems are performed by the left brain whereas the image abacus systems are performed through the right brain, therefore, resulting in increased speed of calculation. The aforesaid two systems are not antithesis to each other rather they run concurrently.
The best age for starting image abacus is between 6 to 12 years. At this stage normally the child's brain is super active and grasping power of brain is at its peak.
Following are the advantages of image abacus learning.