From the moment I began homeschooling in 2006 I have used Singapore Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition. This curriculum has been through 10 years and all three of my children. Now that is something that I don’t think I can say about every other curriculum we have used!
As I prepared to homeschool for the first time, one of the two people I knew who homeschooled recommended Singapore Math to me. Not knowing where to begin on my own I decided to purchase it and give it a go. At the time I thought whatever I bought for child number one would be used for numbers two and three too. Little did I know that wouldn’t be the case. Each child is so different, needs change,and so do our curriculum choices, all except Singapore Math.
How We Use Singapore Primary Math
For each grade I purchase two textbooks, two workbooks and an answer key. There are only two answer keys necessary for grades 1-6: one for 1A – 3B and one for 4A – 6B. If you so choose you can purchase the Home Instructor’s Guide which offers more background, teaching activities using manipulatives, reinforcement and enrichment activities, answers and solutions for both the textbook and workbook, and mental math pages.
I have always been a proponent of independent learning as much as possible. Using Singapore Primary Math makes that possible. When the kids were in 1-3 grades I would spend more time going over the textbook lessons with them and doing the practice problems within the text.
Then I would have them do the workbook on their own, asking questions along the way when needed. As the kids grew older they were easily able to work through the textbook lessons on their own and then continue on through the workbook.
I love that Singapore uses concrete – pictorial – abstract approach. This gives them a foundation to work from and then encourages them to think and problem solve.
What I Love About Singapore Primary Math
Inexpensive – With both the textbooks and workbooks currently at $12.50 a piece through Singapore Math means that you can purchase an entire first year at $50, then subsequent uses of that year are half that!
Reusable – You can keep and reuse both the textbooks and answer keys. I had my children use a spiral notebook and do any textbook work in there instead of writing in the textbook. Therefore the only thing to purchase for any subsequent children is their own workbook.
Builds in Practice – Not only do you have the workbook exercises for each lesson, but throughout the textbook are practice exercises that reinforce and cover previous material.
Easy to Use – The textbook is broken down into clearly labeled units. Then at appropriate intervals there is an arrow designating what exercises to complete from the corresponding workbook. Yes, it is as easy as that!
Homeschooling for 10 years now, Heidi has children at each stage (elementary, middle and high school). At Starts At Eight you can find her writing and offering resources for middle school, high school, and many unit studies to span the ages.
I am also a Singapore Math user in our homeschool. I’m wondering.. what did you do once they were through the 6B level? Thanks!!
Heidi Ciravola says
Hi Cheryl. I don’t use Singapore through 6 as for whatever reason I am not fond of 6A and 6B. I use it thorough five and then have switched to Teaching Textbooks with both my older kids. One who is now taking college courses and graduating from homeschool this year, and one in 7th grade. I will do the same for my current 4th grader when the time comes.
Annie Kate says
We used it as a supplementary curriculum and found that it really, really improved my children’s math and thinking ability, to the point where one of them actually got perfect on the CEMC Gauss test! Highly recommended for gifted children.
I use Singapore Math for my middle schoolers: Mathematics New Syllabus. The books look “scary”. Not many pictures. However, I love the teaching methods which are very clear for all drill and problem solving questions.
Heidi Ciravola says
Great to know Adelien! Thanks for sharing!
Tami White says
I was interested in your post. I wanted to let you know about an extremely helpful addition to the Singapore Curriculum. We have been using an online help at http://www.singaporemathlive.com.
This is a program endorsed by Singapore Math and is also included in Cathy Duffy’s top picks.
With this program there is a syllabus that includes the workbook, Intensive Practice AND the Word Problems. Any problems that are a bit challenging are worked out on a whiteboard by the math instructor.
This program is very low cost. Making it available to all who need the assistance. The instruction is for 1 – 6.
If you go to the website there are samples.
If you have those looking to go on from Singapore. There is Middle Math offered by the same instructor. Solid math for the middle schooler and then high schooler.
Jesse English says
I wanted to second Tami’s recommendation. I recently discovered the Singapore Math Live service through Cathy Duffy’s review of the Singapore Math curriculum and have been loving it. Brenda Barnett does an excellent job of making sure the parent understands all the important concepts for each lesson, and the very different approach that Singapore Math uses compared to how most of us learned math. We were about to move from Primary Math 2B to 3A, but I am going back and having my daughter do the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems books for level 2. I can’t recommend Singapore Math Live highly enough. The first three weeks of each level are available for free.