This is Kennedy’s 2nd year doing soroban with Mrs. Taira Sensei. She has loved it and learned a lot. Each year the students from the island gather together to compete and test their skills. This year more than 150 Department of Defense elementary school students from Okinawa competed against each other.
A soroban is composed of an odd number of rods, each with beads on them. Children use the beads to complete mathematical equations. They are tested with oral, written and flash visual problems. Kennedy has enjoyed learning the Japanese culture while also learning a new way to approach math. She has gotten very good at it too, and it has helped her mental math a ton!
Soroban was challenging and fun, and is one of the things that Kennedy will miss most about leaving the schools here in Okinawa.