How much time do you spend on Singapore Math each day?
Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:07 AM
I know this math is highly acclaimed and worth the effort. However, I only have so many hours in a day to teach, train, cook, clean, etc.
I was comparing Saxon and the DIVE program for ease of use and effectiveness. I know Saxon and the DIVE would be mostly independent, but I don't like the cluttered layout of the book, and I appreciate the visuals in the Singapore Program.
So...would Singapore be doable as an independent thing, and if not, how much time would I need per student each day?
Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:23 AM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:38 AM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 10:39 AM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:11 AM
Then he goes and does an exercise on his own. We have a routine where he gives me his answers as he goes along (calls them out) but that is his preference. YMMV.
It is possible that a student could read the text book and then work out the example problems and check the answers and then do the exercise on his or her own. I personally would want to be very available to the student in case there was difficulty.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:21 AM
For us, SM has been...well, not completely independent, but...I don't seem to be needed often.
Ideally, it goes like this: we do the textbook section together orally or on the whiteboard. Then kid does corresponding wb exercise on his own. I'm here for questions, but oldest almost never has any. This morning, I spent an hour or less on math, & I had 3 kids working at the same time. One only asked if he could skip a certain kind of problem (writing numbers out as words), I was writing problems on the whiteboard for another, & reading the instructions to the littlest.
If it hadn't been for the whiteboard, we could have been done much sooner. As it was, we did a week's worth of whiteboard work today, so that means I wasn't needed for that kid (other than questions) for the whole week prior. (I just forgot to do the textbook, & imo, if they already understand the concept, the tb can be just as well used as a kind of check-up to make sure they're understanding.)
Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:52 AM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:53 AM
Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:19 PM
Most days they spent around an hour on math.
We did the textbook together, like the previous poster some days we did many problems, some days only a couple, and we rarely (maybe never) did all of them. Most days this probably took 15 min a kid.
Then they work out of IP. Some days this can be mostly independant, but other days it is really hard and we have to work on it together (those challenging sections in here are tough!).
Also they do a page or two of CWP this is usually independant.
Then I need to check thier work and they need to fix the wrong ones and I check once again going over any that are wrong still with them.
Most days the text and IP part of our day is 45 min or so and between going back and forth on text lessons and checking answers, I am usually busy almost all of that time, but I am able to help two kids.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 02:33 PM
I know that SM and Saxon are top rated programs. Not sure about MM and TT, although I have looked at both. I'm not sure that the last two are as good as the first two-at least not time tested. I'm not really into computer graphics for our main math lesson. I've read on this forum that MM rivals Singapore in effectiveness with the same type mathematical thinking. Again, just hasn't been recieved the same worldwide rating, yet. CLE souds great, but does it promote mathematical thinking?
I want to do a bit with the olders-don't like getting out of touch with their work and progress.