Singapore Math is a series of elementary math textbooks and workbooks and is meant to be part of a system of learning in which adult supervision and independent practice go hand in hand. Level 1 is considered suitable for 1st-2nd grades. The main feature of this series is the use of the Concrete> Pictorial>Abstract 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. This helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics.
Each level includes two semester sets for the year. These include a textbook that presents the concepts and is considered non-consumable and a consumable workbook for practice. There is also a Home Instructor's manual for each level which we highly recommend for those new to the program as it helps in understanding the methods used in this program. Extra practice and intensive practice books are optional.
Singapore Math is recommended for those who want a solid, basic math program with a proven track record and an emphasis on concept development, mental techniques, and problem solving. This is primarily a direct instruction program. Students are given several approaches for solving problems and are encouraged to discuss ideas and explore additional methods.
Placement tests for this program can be found on our website and are highly recommended since this program is considered accelerated in comparison to many other programs. It is not unusual for a student to be using a book level that is lower than their grade level.
Be aware that it may be difficult for a student to begin this series in the upper elementary grades due to the differences in concept sequence, methods and vocabulary.