Singapore Math

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Singapore Math

StrategiesPart-whole thinking6 = 6 & 0, 5 & 1, 4 & 2, 3 & 3Decomposing23 = 20 + 3 42 = 40 + 2Branching23 + 42 = (20 + 40) + (3 + 5)Distributive Property for Multiplication3 x 15 = (3 x 10) + (3 x 5)Area Model & Partial Product (FOIL)

A DIFFERENT APPROACH>base 10 system>number sense & place value (learned through strategies)>mastery of concepts>stages of understanding:1. concrete2. pictorial3. abstract

In the United States....

Extensive & ongoing teacher training (costly/time consuming)Materials - replace every classroom, every yearBad for nomadic students - sequential and does not reteach concepts/skillsHard to implement (more work for teacher)

Singapore Math

No spiral approachText/workbooks - easy to read, concise graphics, & sequentialClosey aligned to CCSSMeaningful understanding of concepts and skills vs. rote memorizationFoundation mastery is obtained before proceeding

1997 - Singapore declared #1 in mathematics education1998 - homeschoolers began purchasing2003 - U.S. adaptation of Primary Mathematics Series ( spelling; measurements)2007 - Aligned U.S edition to CA Standards; added probability & data analysis2014 - Primary Mathematics Standards Editition (aligns with CCSS)


Singapore Math is...

What is it?


Why Not?

Does is work?>pilot studies>data for full implementation needed>200 schools in 2004>2,000 schools in 2011


  • 607e93514bf39607e93516b100 1 month ago

    607e93514bf39607e93516b100's avatar

    Hello, this is a good article. I think many children get scared just at the word Mathematics. Although it is an important part of any child’s education, it can be puzzling and confusing. There is no simple way out to math because the educational system of Singapore places priority on it. But you should know that there can be an effective way to learn math, with eSingapore Math team.