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Evening activity

Abacus (Age 4+ to 14 years)

An abacus is a manual aid to calculating that consists of beads or disks that can be moved up and down on a series of sticks or strings within a usually wooden frame. The abacus itself doesn't calculate; it's simply a device for helping a human being to calculate by remembering what has been counted.

Abacuses come in different designs. Some designs, like the bead frame consisting of beads divided into tens, are used mainly to teach arithmetic, although they remain popular in the post-Soviet states as a tool. Other designs, such as the Japanese soroban, have been used for practical calculations even involving several digits.

For any particular abacus design, there are usually numerous different methods to perform a certain type of calculation, which may include basic operations like addition and multiplication, or even more complex ones, such as calculating square roots. Some of these methods may work with non-natural numbers (numbers such as 1.5 and ​3⁄4).


Hand writing improvement (Age 5+)

Handwriting is the writing done with a writing instrument, such as a pen or pencil, in the hand. Handwriting includes both printing and cursive styles and is separate from formal calligraphy or typeface. Because each person's handwriting is unique and different, it can be used to verify a document's writer.

Ways of improving handwriting

  • Use a Nice Pen. ...
  • Maintain a Relaxed Grip. ...
  • Start with Drills. ...
  • Experiment with Paper Rotations. ...
  • Practice with a Worksheet. ...
  • Sneak in Practice When You Can. ...
  • Write on Lined Paper or Use a Template. ...
  • Embrace Your Personal Style.