Abacus had been widely learnt and used in the Asian countries in the ancient time. It also called as the ‘counting frame’. Merchants, traders, clerks or anyone who used this method for calculation was called an abacist.
In China, the earliest known written documentation for the Chinese abacus was in the 2nd century BC. It was also known as suànpán (算盤, lit. “Counting tray”). It had two beads at the upper part and 5 beads at the lower part. Around 1600, suànpán was imported from China to Japan and became known as Soroban (算盤, そろばん, lit. “Counting tray”. The soroban has 1 bead at the upper part and 4 beads at the lower part.
The soroban is still very much in use in Japan. It is widely taught in Japanese schools. Until now, Abacus is also known as ‘Soroban’; and has been considered as a modern Mathematics learning method for children. It is a popular children learning program in Asian countries.
Since 2011, we introduced Abacus course to Hua Hsia Chinese School students and extended the service to non school students.
Criteria to join the course:
- Children age between 5 – 11 years old, are welcomed to join.
- Class size is designed not more than 12 students per session.
- Proudly supported by the OCAC Taiwan, we offer students to use the Soroban on the trial basis. Once they enrolled the Abacus course, they have to purchase their own Soroban. Students are required to pay a refundable deposit when they borrow the Soroban.
- Students are required to attend a full one-hour weekly Abacus session (term time) and it is expected to have 10 – 15 minutes of home practice per day during the week.
- All students start from the Abacus Level 1 at the beginning.
|Total Beginners||Hampstead||Saturday 12.30 – 1.20pm|
|Beginners||Hampstead||Saturday 1.30 – 2.20pm|
|Intermediate 2||Hampstead||Saturday 2.30 – 3.20pm|
|Advance||Hampstead||Saturday 3.30 – 4.20pm|
|Intermediate 1||Hampstead||Sunday 12.15 – 1.05pm|
|Intermediate 2||Hampstead||Sunday 1.15 – 2.05pm|
|Beginners||Southgate||Saturday 9.15 – 10.15am|
|Intermediate||Southgate||Saturday 9.15 – 10.15am|