Monday, November 12, 2012

Singapore Math

Firstly, as it is Veteran's Day, I would like to thank all the Veterans for their hard work, love for their nation and people, and loyalty.

Secondly, I would like to make a recommendation for those who are homeschooling and are looking for a mathematics book/curriculum. I have been working with Singapore Math for a while and it is being GREAT!!!! I ordered the textbook and workbook, as well as the teacher's guide and an assessment book. The workbook correlates directly to the textbook so that student consolidates new mathematical concepts with focused practice. The teacher's guide is very helpful as it provides step-by-step lesson plans to facilitate and guide teachers and parents in the use of their Concrete> Pictorial>Abstract and modeling approaches. In this approach the students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving. The books emphasize mental math and the model drawing approach.

The books are challenging, and has a lot of exercises that promote "thinking" and makes the children to learn maths in a meaningful way. Children may not be able to do all the exercises by themselves though, parents may need to assist and guide them throughout the lessons.

My son has improved a lot since we started using the Singapore Math books. He is learning problem solving,  understanding how mathematics work, and developing his thinking process skills. As well as creating imaginary scenarios to solve a problems, coupled with opening his mind to develop new possibilities.

Hope this was helpful. Thanks :).


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