Singapore Primary Mathematics 1A and 1B
I’d heard the name “Singapore Math” several times while I researching a first grade math program for my daughter. I was intrigued because it had originated in Asia. There are plenty of math curriculums out there, so why would I purchase one that had originally been imported from another country? Since it had received good reviews, I decided to give it a try.
Primary Mathematics 1A and 1B, available through Singaporemath.com Inc, is a complete first grade math curriculum. The two textbooks, workbooks, and home instructor’s guides are available individually, but all six books will be necessary to complete the year. The curriculum uses some basic math manipulatives that are not included. The textbooks and workbooks were published in 2003 and the home instructor’s guides in 2007.
What I loved about Primary Mathematics:
- It is great having a home instructor’s guide designed especially for use by home educating parents. Plenty of ideas for hands-on activities and games are included in the guides.
- It is not overly repetitious, so my daughter did not become quickly bored.
- Multiplication and division concepts are introduced.
- The workbooks include word problems, teaching practical application of math skills learned.
- The combination of hands-on activities, visual examples in the textbooks, and written practice in the workbooks makes Primary Mathematics easily adaptable for various learning styles.
What I didn’t like about Primary Mathematics:
- There is not much practice of addition and subtraction facts included in the curriculum, so I had to supplement with flashcards and extra worksheets.
- The curriculum is fast-paced, and at times I had to spend extra time on a particular concept in order for my daughter to really master it.
The Primary Mathematics 1A and 1B softcover textbooks are full-color and reusable. The softcover workbooks are black and white consumable books. The spiral-bound home instructor’s guides are not absolutely necessary, but certainly helpful. I was uncertain how best to teach some of the math concepts and in those cases found the guides to be a great resource. If you have a child who is a hands-on learner, then I would definitely recommend the guides, as they provide a number of activities and games for each new concept introduced. Answers to all of the problems are found in the home instructor’s guides.
My daughter enjoyed Singapore Math’s Primary Mathematics, and I was pleased with the progress that she had made by the end of the course. I initially felt that it was a bit on the pricey side, but considering the results, it was definitely worth it.
Last Updated: March 12, 2012
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