A: Yes, you can pay for a single 30 minute class for your child to try the class 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.
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.
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).
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.
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. You can do your make-up session in person at a class location or online in our online classes. Please contact me about make-up sessions.
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 10-Kyu and work their way up to 1-Kyu, where they will test to move up to 1-Dan and eventually get to 10-Dan.
A: Yes, testing is mandatory. Passing tests signify that your child is ready for harder content.
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.
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.
A: No, parents generally drop off their child and return at the end of the session.