The MaxMind Abacus program is a mental arithmetic program designed to engage both hemispheres of the child's brain. In doing so, the child is able to utilize and train both the creative and logical sides of the brain resulting in improved memory, comprehension, and focus amongst other beneficial effects.
The MaxMind Abacus program is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 14. MaxMind also offers a Vedic program for the ages of 15 and over.
There are 8 main levels, and two preparatory levels in the MaxMind Abacus program. Each level is 3 months long with one 2 hour lesson once a week, with 10 minutes of daily home practice.
The abacus is an ancient tool that was used to perform calculations before the advent of calculators. It is a non-electronic method of computing that uses beads and manual motion in order to complete complex calculations, and in turn allow children to be confident, rather than scared of, mathematics.
The program was developed in India, using concepts derived from the Japanese abacus culture.