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 was known as soroban (算盤, そろばん, lit. "Counting tray". Soroban became popular in Japan.

It was widely taught in Japanese schools. Soroban had 1 bead at the upper part and 4 beads at the lower part. Until now, Abacus is also known as 'Soroban'; has been considered as a modern Mathematics learning method for children. It becomes a popular children learning program in Asian countries.


Hua Hsia Abacus course

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 offered 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.


 Abacus Classes Timetable





Abacus Beginner


Saturday 13.30pm - 14.20pm

Sunday 12.00pm - 12.50pm

Abacus Intermediate 


Saturday 15.30pm - 16.20pm

Sunday 12.00pm - 12.50pm

Abacus Advance


Saturday 14.30pm - 15.20pm

Sunday 13.00pm - 13.50pm

Abacus Beginner


Saturday 9.15am - 10.15am