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How to Use the Abacus: Addition


The abacus is a great tool for teaching math and can immensely help to develop your child's brain.


It is not a complex instrument although it can be used to solve complex problems.


In this article, we will discuss how to use the abacus to add.


Always remember!

Before we start adding or subtracting numbers, always set the abacus to zero. To set your abacus to zero, push all the beads away from the beam.


Just like when counting using the abacus, we need to take note of the unit values. The center column of the abacus represents the units.


From the center column, when you move to your left, the units will move to tens, hundreds, thousands, and so on. And as you move to your right, the decimals will move to tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and so on.