We teach using the 9-bead abacus. What makes the 9-bead abacus suitable for young learners?
- It is a new generation abacus that is improvised from the Soroban (5-bead abacus).
- It comes in bright colours that makes it attractive and easy for young children to manipulate.
- 1 bead represents 1 number, so that children don’t need to memorise so many formulae, yet arrive at accurate and fast answers to sums.
- Having to memorise fewer formulae means less stress is placed on their short term memory, freeing it up for other important learning areas.