## Resource Description

Singapore Math is a curriculum modeled on the way math is taught in Singapore. Children in Singapore traditionally score highly in math when compared to those in other countries. Singapore method is demanding and relies heavily on mastery of the material. There are textbooks, workbooks, manipulative and teacher’s guides for each grade run from $9 - $30.

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## Contributor Reviews

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I like Singapore Maths very much. I found its techniques as one of the most interesting way to teach maths to the students. Singapore curriculum is mostly focused on thorough the deep understanding of the problem rather than just learning it.

Pros:mental math, mastery, engaging content, inexpensiveCons:little spiral reviewGrades Used:K-3We tried about 6 different math programs before going back to Singapore. Son is extremely distractible (ADD) and cannot look at an overly crowded page or different topics back and forth, so mastery approach is the only way to go. We use the textbook, student wb but no teacher's manual (yet) and no testing (yet). To include more spiral review on previously learned topics, I just put some problems up on the board to do before he starts his workbook. I like how the visuals and also the word problems really help the concept stick. We are using the US Edition which is not common core, but could easily switch to common core because the method is similar.

Pros:well rounded, concept mastery, problem solvingCons:needs more review/drills for multiplication memorization.Grades Used:1,2,3Level 1a and 1b are fairly easy and simple. Level 2a and 2b start to get a little more challenging. I really like the teacher's edition, and bought all the suggested manipulatives to go with this. I use the teacher's edition a lot and like the games and concrete teaching suggestions. We go slow and go back and review when necessary. We use the workbook and there is also a separate third grade mental math book as well. We plan on finishing all the mental math sheets in the teacher's edition as well. I think concepts and mastery of skills are balanced in this curriculum, but for my child I am adding additional drills for memorization of multiplication tables and finding the missing factor.

Pros:visualCons:too much mental mathGrades Used:1stWe used Singapore math before at home. It was much more challenging than regular American math. Not giving spiral teaching, it requires students to have very good memory for every math concepts. Too much mental math was included so my son was reluctant to keep using the book.

Pros:Great math curriculumCons:NoneGrades Used:2nd & 4thI chose this curriculum because I wanted my kids to be capable to think through their math problems and not just memorize facts.

This curriculum does just that. At 2nd grade level the kids have to think through word problems and set up simple equations to solve it. It is building a great foundation for when the time comes to tackle Algebra. It is very advanced, with 2B level teaching multiplications and simple division.

After a year using it, we are sticking with it.

Pros:The best math program. Period.Cons:Choosing a middle/high school program is confusing.Grades Used:1-12As a former high school math teacher, I am thrilled with the results of using Singapore Math with my kids. Both my natural engineer and my not-so-math-inclined student are able to do arithmetic in their heads, think flexibly about a problem, and solve word problems with ease. Primary Mathematics includes two textbooks and two workbooks per grade. Simply read through each lesson and have the student complete the corresponding workbook page(s). Since each workbook has only 60 days of assignments, the program easily adapts to four days a week or a motivated student who wants to get ahead. For middle school and high school, there are several different options. We chose Discovering Math, a four year program with two textbooks per year. Solutions manuals are available and highly recommended if you are not a strong math person. You will have an extra year of schooling (or four in the case of my motivated student) to complete calculus or spend some extra time on Algebra II/Trigonometry for college-bound kids.

Pros:Fantastic! great for higher math and mental thinkingCons:need teacher manual by Sonlight. No teacher help for middle or high schoolGrades Used:1-3Over the years we've used many a math programs. Singapore is the best! It really makes your kids think critically. The software was great too. Most math books require a student do math one way, but Singapore helped them see that there are many strategies to working math. This helped them to think critically and see what works best for them. My kids LOVED this! The teacher guides from Sonlight are a must! My only complaint is that for a non-math mom, it was super difficult to teach once the teacher guides were done. We couldn't find any teacher helps for middle school or high school. I finally had to give up and try something else cause I needed the help to teach my kids well, knowing that I am weak in math. That set us on an adventure to find a good math program and I can honestly say that after trying almost every math program out there, NONE have come close to comparing with Singapore.

We miss it. My kids now HATE HATE HATE math and they LOVE LOVE LOVED it when we did Singapore. Such a shame!

would highly recommend Singapore from very early on!

Pros:Extra ideas in Teacher's ManualGrades Used:4We are using the Standard Edition and the Word Problem book. It teaches differently than I was taught, which is good because the book shows my son one way (sometimes 2 or 3) to do a concept and then I can show my son how I was taught. It's interesting to see him choose which one makes more sense to him. With that being said, sometimes the book showing 2 or 3 different methods confuses him. It really involves a lot of pre-planning on the teacher's part, but the extra ideas/games in the teacher's manual are great and really reinforce the concept. My favorite is the word problem book. We only do one or two a week, but to me word problems really show you how math is used. I like the beginning of the book that shows the different methods that can be used for solving word problems. The table of contents shows you which problems are addition, measurement, time, etc. I love Singapore math, but it is not a good fit for the way my son thinks. We will use something else next year, but I will continue to use the word problem book.

Pros:extremely thoroughCons:lot of teacher prep and interactionGrades Used:2,3,4We love SIngapore math. It is taught using what I consider to be a common sense approach to mathematical equations. It does take a lot of teacher prep and interaction, but I think it is totally worth it. Will continue to use Singapore as our math.

Pros:is working wellCons:wish the home instructors guide was written more clearly at timesGrades Used:1stI really like this curriculum and am amazed at my daughter's mental math ability already. I like that it focuses on teaching the concept and what is going on instead of just how to find an answer. Upon a recommendation from a veteran homeschooler, I followed her lead and bought the Home Instructor's Guide, the textbook, and workbook and then supplemented with Miquon Math. This has proven to be a really nice balance, combining the mental math focus of Singapore with the more visual, hands-on Miquon. I highly recommend using these two resources in tandem; we have seen very good results with them.