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Abacus

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.

珠心算是一門較新的優秀中華文化,聯合國去年認定為世界非物質文化遺產,它是在珠算的基礎上發展而成的。珠心算將抽象思維轉化為形象思維,交替運用形象與抽象思維進行計算,對於開發右腦、溝通聯繫左右腦、啓迪智慧與培養創意人才的良好工具。

算盤也是優良的教具,特別針對學齡前兒童,不僅要求手、眼、耳、腦協調配合,而且形象思維與抽象思維交替運用,是啟智訓練的好工具。珠心算計算數位多,速度快且學習容易,在啓蒙幼兒上更勝一籌。

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.

Learning Process:

  • 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.
Class Branch Time
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