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Bop Bop Chisanbop…

I left out the amusing part of my lunch with Jen yesterday. Ok, wait – there were a lot of amusing parts – but some things are best left at the table between friends! Anyways, when we got the check, Jen was looking at it and figuring out how much her part of the bill was. She put her fingers on the table in the chisanbop pose to count! I almost screamed – I thought I was the only person that knew chisanbop! My Mom taught it when she worked with the gifted & talented program in Kankakee. She was even certified in it.

Does anyone else out there know chisanbop?

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26 replies on “Bop Bop Chisanbop…”

I’ve never heard of that before in my life. Interesting, though. I do still remember my elementary school teacher who encouraged us to count on our fingers if it helped, and told us it was ridiculous to force ourselves not to do so.

I learned chisanbop in the 6th grade! I didn’t remember what it was called, but I do use it once in a while, especially when I feel too fritzed to add in my head or I’m counting a LOT of things.

I do something similar, but with ASL numbers, since ASL goes as high as you want it to on one hand. I usually count to ten on my right hand and then keep track of my groups of ten on my left hand.

I use it all the time! Learned it in the 3rd grade and have never stopped (30+ years later). I’ve never met anybody who even heard of it other than a small group of us that learned it together . . .

Yes, I learned it in 3rd grade. It comes in handy from time-to-time, but usually I can handle 2-digit numbers in my head. I’ve forgotten how to multiply and divide with it.

Hey! I thought *I* was the only person who got dragged to learn Chisanbop! I did it in elementary school –lived in North Olmstead, Oh way back then! Thanks for the memory!

Hi! The jewish grandmother of my husband taught him in Russia to multiply with two hands. But she had no name for it. I wonder if it is Chisanbop.

Why don’t they teach this anymore? I learned it in third grade, Orange Texas, Cove Elementary School. It’s awesome!

Looking through old teaching stuff I came upon all my Chisabop materials. I used it teaching learning disabled students and had incredible success.
Once learned you don’t forget it ever. Does anyone still teach it in the schools.

Looking through old teaching stuff I came upon all my Chisabop materials. I used it teaching learning disabled students and had incredible success.
Once learned you don’t forget it ever. Does anyone still teach it in the schools.

Ruth: I’m interested to learn more about your experience with learning disabled students. Are you aware of research done with Chianbop with students with intellectual disabilities? Thank you, Christiane

I am currently teaching grade 5 students at a school for learning disabled students. We use Chisanbop as a specialized program and it has brought huge success for many years. These children who use to struggle in math, and cant grasp the concept of calculating numbers in their head, are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide. It is an amazing program and it truly does work. The hands on aspect is wonderful for children with learning disabilities, as they need an alternate way of learning basic skills.

Hi I taught my older children, now ages 40 and 38 Chisanbop after seeing it on the Tonight show. We used the first book and workbook on addition but didn’t learn to multiply or divide. I’m working as a math tutor now and would love to use Chisanbop. Do you know where I could find the rest of the books? Ginny


My sister (a great teacher) has used chisanbop for years. She first taught it to her own children, and has since used it every year with her classes at school. I am now learning the method to help instruct learning disabled children in a math tutoring program. It is wonderfully helpful and should be used more widely.

My mother was good friends with Hang Young Pai, the son of the inventor who brought it to America. I am pretty sure my mother even owns parts of the copyright to it. I recall learning it myself when I was young and even talking about plans to create a website (I believe we still own Who knows, now that I am in college I might set work something out.

I learned it many years ago and used it with my learning disabled kids. 2 of my girls were favored by the cafeteria manager because they were able to understand and compute faster than the other kids who had no disabilities.. I am retired now.

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