If you have been homeschooling for awhile, or even if you just started looking into homeschooling chances are you have at the very least heard of Singapore Math. When we started our homeschool journey in 2011, we quickly decided to try out the Primary Mathematics: U.S. Edition from Singapore Math. There were so many good reviews about the program and it was very affordable.
Singapore Math presents concepts in a step-by-step approach which allows children to learn not only how to do math, but why what they are doing is right. The program also uses a lot of mental math and word problems throughout each level. The combination of these methods really helped my children build a great foundation in mathematical skills.
What do I need to teach Singapore Math?
Singapore Math has three books for each level:
- Home instructor’s guide-This is your teacher’s manual, where you will find daily lesson plans, instructions, answer keys, and helpful tips.
- Textbook- The textbook presents new concepts to your child. Your child will also have the opportunity to do practice problems with you before moving on to their independent work.
- Workbook- After the lesson, your child will be assigned a corresponding lesson to complete on his/her own in the workbook.
I have found that it takes about 15-20 minutes to present each lesson to my children. The amount of time to finish the workbook assignment really depends on the lesson and your child. My oldest son who excels at math speeds right through his workbook lessons in just a few minutes, whereas my younger two children usually take at least 20 minutes.
What options does Singapore Math offer?
Singapore Math offers three different versions:
- U.S. Edition
- Standards Edition
- Common Core Edition
Please visit Singapore Math for further information on the differences between each edition.
What level should I start my child in?
Since Singapore Math is more advanced than some curriculum I highly recommend you have your child take the placement test.
Is Singapore Math for everyone?
Just like any curriculum choice Singapore Math is not a “one size fits all” program. Every child learns differently, and you need to make a decision based on his/her abilities and learning style. Singapore Math may NOT be the right fit for your family if:
- You do not have time to give individual math instructions to each of your children.
- Your child needs a lot of extra review to fully master a new math concept.
- If you (the instructor) struggle with math and do not have time to preview each lesson ahead of time.
Homework and Horseplay’s final thoughts…
Until this year Singapore Math has been a wonderful fit for our family. My oldest son was able to work through all the levels provided in the Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition, but for my daughter we started to face some difficulties. Although my daughter has excellent grades in math, she needs a little more help than her older brother. Once we hit level 5A we were constantly looking for supplemental or alternative lessons online to help her understand new concepts better. We made the executive decision to switch her into a new program halfway through the year, and we couldn’t be happier with our new math curriculum.
I highly recommend Singapore Math’s Primary Mathematics: U.S. Edition through level 4B. This program has provided my children with a good mathematical foundation that they will have to fall back on throughout their entire lives.
Disclaimer- I am in no way affiliated with Singapore Math, nor am I being compensated in any way for this post. The review provided is simply my honest opinion of a product we use in our homeschool.