Q: Is there a trial period?
A: Yes, you can pay for a single class for your child to try for $25. You and your child are also welcome to come in and observe a class with no fee. Please contact us beforehand so we can plan for your visit.
Q: Do you have to know Japanese to learn the Soroban?
A: No, you do not have to know Japanese. While the class has Japanese roots and the books are in Japanese, our instructors can teach in both English and Japanese, and the books are self-explanatory once the material is taught.
Q: Are there any discounts available?
A: Yes, there is a "sibling discount" which is a $5 savings on the second child, and a "quarterly" discount of $15 is available if you pay for a 3-month period ($5 a month).
Q: Can you come teach at more locations than what is currently provided?
A: Unfortunately, this is not an available option for personal teaching sessions. We do come out to educational institutions for demonstrations, but this is on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to see if we can set something up.
Q: What will happen if my child misses a class?
A: We're pretty lenient on this topic and will allow you to bring your child to another session within a reasonable amount of time after the missed session. We typically request that the make-up session be made within the same month, but we do not give refunds for missed classes.
Q: How does Wizard of Math promote kids through the levels?
A: Children advance through the ranks via tests given upon completion of their workbook. Our teachers make assessments of the child's skill level, and if deemed adequate, will recommend a test be taken based on the Japanese soroban standards. Students start at rank Kyuu-10 and work their way up to Kyuu-1, where they will test to move up to Dan-1 and eventually get to Dan-10.
Q: Is testing mandatory?
A: Yes, testing is mandatory. Passing tests signify that your child is ready for harder content.
Q: Are competitions mandatory?
A: Every once in a while, competitions are held in various locations in southern California. While not mandatory, we highly recommend your child attend these events. It is a great opportunity for students to challenge one's own skills and to meet and be inspired by their abacus-mates from different parts of the country and even Japan.
Q: Are there any age restrictions or recommendations to start?
A: While it is never to LATE to start, we generally recommend children do not start until they are age 4 and can write all of the numbers from 1 to 10. Exceptions may be made, but they would be done on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Do parents need to remain in the classroom with their child?
A: No, parents generally drop off their child and return at the end of the session.