Math Secret: Teach Your Child to do Math Faster than a Calculator

When I was in high school, I could remember all the telephone numbers of my friends and close relatives by heart. Ever since the mobile phone entered my life, I can only remember my husband’s mobile phone number, the house number, my parent’s number and my grandparents’ number. When I was in University, when it was time to split the bill, we would work out the answer in our heads. These days, someone whips out a mobile phone and turns on the calculator function to calculate how much everybody owes. In this advancing age of technology, we’re using our brains less and less, and you know what they say, “Use it or lose it.”

Math, like reading, is one of those subjects that everyone needs. Whether you’re a student trying to pass a Math test in school, or an adult looking over the company’s financial reports, Math is an integral part of our lives. Therefore, it makes sense to help our children become proficient at it. If we teach them to become proficient at it at a young age, we can lessen the likelihood of them becoming dependent on technology to help them work out the answers. After all, if you can calculate faster than a calculator, why would you need to depend on a calculator?

One of the ways we can help our children become proficient at Math is to teach them Anzan (Japanese Mental Math).

How can I teach my child Anzan?

Math Secret is an online program that teaches children how to use the Soroban abacus offering:

  • Up to 60 Minutes per day of learning!
  • Unlimited lesson viewings
  • Unlimited homework
  • Unlimited quizzes
  • Unlimited tests
  • Unlimited lessons and software updates
  • Unlimited access to “AskTeacher” questions via email (responses typically within a few hours to no more than 24 hours during business operations).
  • Parents and siblings are welcomed to view and participate in learning!

You can also purchase workbooks for children from ages 2 and up. Students age 3-4 learn basic math counting and simple addition/subtraction. Students age 5-6 learn basic math, addition/subtraction, simple multiplication/division, and an introduction to problem solving. Students age 7-12+ learn basic math, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, and problem solving.

Watch the video below for an overview about Math Secret:

Children as young as three years old can start using Math Secret. The boy in the following video is four years old and he is able to calculate with extreme speed and accuracy through Math Secret.


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

6 thoughts on “Math Secret: Teach Your Child to do Math Faster than a Calculator

  1. Shen-Li,
    My son can do the math on abacus, but not the anzan method. Would he still benefit from enrolling in math secret program? Can he start learning from the mental math part of the program? Thank you so much!


    1. Oksana – If your son hs the basic foundation with the Soroban, then you can probably continue doing what you’re doing. The idea behind the mental math part of the program is to eventually use a mental abacus to work out the Math problems. So what you want him to do is picture the abacus in his mind and use that abacus to work out the problem instead of a physical one.

      Math Secret teaches sequentially from the beginning which means you cannot skip ahead without having to start all over again.


  2. Hi, Shen-li! Did you tried this program? I had contacted mathsecred customer service, he said they are not sending mathsecret material overseas. Did you manage to buy this program? If yes, could you please let me know how should i purchase this program plus the workbook? thanks


    1. Hi Michelle,

      Yes, we have a mathsecret membership. I also bought all the workbooks. My older son is now working his way through book 2. I bought it online using their webportal. I never called them but there was no problem purchasing online.


  3. Hi Shen-Li. This program seems interesting and good for child. However, it cannot be customized at our own step. Can you advise any similar source, that i can manage my child learning on my way? Actually my child has some extent understanding about abacus, i mean he can calculate 3-4 digits number now. So no need to follow from begining. Thanks a lot for your feedback.


  4. There are also apps for this kind of training. Android tablets and smartphones have apps that are adapted to the touch interface. My favorite is the Mental Abacus app.


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