Abacus and its History
The word Abacus is derived from the Greek word 'abax', meaning 'calculating board' or 'calculating table'. The first Chinese Abacus was invented around 500 B.C. The abacus, as we know it today, was used in China around 1300 A.D. Often referred to as the first computer, the Abacus is an instrument used to perform arithmetic calculations and is still used today in places like China, Japan and Russia.
The Abacus provides countable beads for children to visualize numbers on a base-10 system. The children learn to manipulate those beads to perform arithmetic calculations such as addition and division.
What is an Abacus?
- Abacus is a method of mental calculation. Performed on a virtual image of the abacus formed in the mind, it is based on the principles of abacus calculation.
- The word is derived from the Greek word 'abax', meaning "calculating board" or "calculating table".
- Often referred to as the first computer, the Abacus is an instrument used to add, subtract, multiply and divide, to calculate fractions and square roots.
- It is still commonly used today across certain Asian communities.
Benifits of Abacus
Children naturally have vast potential of energy and brain power. But most parents do not know how to tap into the depths of these young minds in the right way and thus fail to realize and nurture these young minds to their fullest potential.