Singapore Math Curriculum

Primary Mathematics

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Primary Mathematics Series

The term "Singapore Math", as used in the U.S.A. and Canada generally refers to the Primary Mathematics series developed and used in Singapore. They were first published in 1982 and was the only series used in Singapore primary schools up till 2001. Primary Mathematics was written by members of a project team put together by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. 

Singapore's 4th and 8th grade students scored top place for Mathematics in 1995, 1999 and 2003. These students in grade 4 and 8 took TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and used the Primary Mathematics Series. 

The core curriculum for grades 1-6 is called Primary Mathematics. There are two books that are used together: a Coursebook and a workbook. In each year, there are two Coursebooks and two Workbooks. 

So, why do homeschoolers like to use the Singapore Math Curriculum?

Singapore Math develops problem solving and mathematical thinking as opposed to just rote learning. It moves from concrete examples to pictorial to abstract approach. It does not come with manipulatives, and it would be important for the parent to use something (anything really) to do math in a concrete way. The colourful CourseBooks show pictorial examples before the concept is taught in abstract terms.

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We have used Singapore Math in our home for 6 of the eight years since beginning to school at home. We highly recommend this math program not only b/c …

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My children go to a private school ( I am thinking of HS next year), and use Singapore Math ( GRADE 2,5,8). I would give it a 7 out of 10- the reason …

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